I don’t know about y’all, but we go through some serious veggie burgers over here.
Adam will pretty much eat anything with avocado on it and has been doing an awesome job lately at replacing old fashioned hamburgers with their veggie-ful cousins. I probably eat less veggie burgers on a weekly basis than he does, but still enjoy them for a quick lunch after yoga or an easy dinner when I can’t get myself to wash one more dish.
However, buying boxes of veggie burgers adds up! My two favorites, Amy’s California Burgers and Sunshine Burgers both run for about $5 a box and are an easy way to rack up my already-too-high grocery bill.
I’d rather get a pedicure.
So…what’s a girl to do? Why, make her own, of course!
And not even 30 minutes later, I had my burgers frying and Adam on his way over from work after I promised him “a delicious homemade lunch”.
I was really trying to butter him up before I told him that I crashed my car into a garbage can earlier that morning and shattered my side mirror!
Lesson 1: Your grandma was right; the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach.
Because of that, I also threw together a batch of Angela’s cookie dough balls. These cookies are pretty much Adam’s favorite thing in life.
I dressed our burgers with thick avocado slices, ketchup and sriracha sauce and placed them on top of some fluffy whole wheat buns that I had heated up in the oven…
“Mmmm mmmm mm This is the best veggie burger that I’ve ever tasted!” Adam exclaimed while biting into a particularly large slice of strategically placed avocado.
“Thanks, they’re just something I quickly whipped up. I knew you had a busy day at work!” I said.
“I could seriously eat this burger every single day. It’s perfect.”
“No problem. Glad to feed you. By the way, I had a little issue with my car this morning; I was hoping you could give it a glance? I also made a batch of those cookie dough balls you like so that you could have a snack later at work!”
Turns out, what I thought was $500 of damage was really only $19.99.
Boyfriend-Approved Spicy Black Bean Burgers
makes about 6 boyfriend-sized burgers
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 T ground flax + 3 T water
2 cloves garlic
2 T tomato sauce
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
avocado for topping
olive oil (or canola oil) for frying burgers
Seed and roughly chop jalapeno. Add it and the garlic cloves to a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely. (Alternatively, you could chop them yourselves very finely but it’s just easier at this point to throw them in a food processor.)
Add one can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.
In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for five minutes.
Transfer the mixture in the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax and corn. Stir well until everything is combined. Add remaining black beans.
Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.
Serve burgers with avocado slices, sriracha and ketchup.