Grilling season has arrived friends!! I know every guy I've ever spoken with is a self-proclaimed burger expert, but then you bring up the topic of veggie burgers? A lot of blank stares will usually be your reciprocating facial expression. It seems that more and more dietary restrictions are popping up at family bbq's - and I'm here to save the day on your vegetarian/dairy-free/gluten-free/vegan option to satisfy any dietary restriction while still being completely delicious! These burgers are super versatile as well - try them crumbled on a salad, eaten in a lettuce wrap or of course, in a the traditional bun-burger form.
These can be made in a double batch as well and freeze great when you have a last minute party guest who forgot to mention until 10 minutes before meal time that they've recently stopped eating meat. Prepare or prepare to fail people, bbq's are a serious summer activity! Try these out and let me know what you think!
Black Bean Walnut Burger
Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes
3 tbsp flax seeds + 3 tbsp water
1 can (1 1/2 cups) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 c canned lentils, rinsed and drained
1 tsp olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped finely
4 large cremini mushroom, chopped finely
2 large cloves garlic
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 tbsp smoked paprika, cumin and chilli powder
1/3 c panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded carrot
3 tbsp bbq sauce (Thug Cookbook Party Grub has an amazing recipe!)
For topping: cilantro, tomato, cucumber, guacamole..whatever you like!
Mix the flax seeds and water in a large bowl, set aside.
Set aside ~1/3 of the black beans and lentils, mash the remainder together until they form a chunky paste, add the whole beans and lentils back in.
In a non stick pan, heat olive oil over medium and sauté onion and mushroom until transluscent over medium heat - about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until it becomes fragrant. Remove from heat.
Set aside ~1/3 cup of chopped walnuts. Add remainder to a food processor with spices and blend until smooth.
In the large bowl with flax, add bean, onion and walnut mixture. Toss in panko crumbs, carrot and bbq sauce - mix well.
Form 6 large patties with hands and either A) Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or B) Brush lightly with oil and grill on the BBQ until crisped on each side (use caution when flipping, they are more delicate than meat burgers). Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (for one patty, 1/6 of mixture):