The hubby is not a fan of mushrooms, which, tends to limit my options when it comes to vegetarian meals….sigh…anyway, I promised no mushrooms for at least five days. He loves burgers so I thought, hey, I am sure I can find a vegetarian burger made WITHOUT mushrooms, how hard could it possibly be? Thankfully, I found a recipe on the Epicurious site for White Bean Burgers with Corn and Zucchini.
My work schedule can be a bit crazy and I have a very long commute so dinners during the week need to be something I can throw together quickly, make ahead, or put in the crock pot. In this recipe, the burgers are frozen for 20 minutes before cooking. There was a note at the bottom of the recipe that you could make them ahead and freeze them until you were ready to make. BINGO! I made the burgers on the weekend when I had a bit more time and froze them for a dinner to be named later. You have to cook the burgers a big longer, twenty minutes total instead of twelve to eighteen. No big deal, as far as I was concerned.
I used white quinoa, because I had it in the pantry. The burgers came together in under 30 minutes. I formed them into patties, put them in a container and slide them into the freezer.
The night I went to cook them, all I had to do was grab some rolls and prep a side dish. It has been a crazy week at work so I took some help from the store and our side dish was a bag of frozen french fries that I cooked in the oven.
I used my cast iron skillet to cook the burgers. After twenty minutes, they were done, completely cooked through and piping HOT. I added a slice of cheddar cheese to each burger and let it melt. We used a jalapeno mayo on our buns with a bit of lettuce and red onion.
The burgers were a bit blah…not bad, just uninteresting. Next time I am going to dice up a jalapeno to liven up the flavors. They were incredibly moist, to the point where they were difficult to eat on a bun. If I make them again, I will serve them over a salad and serve it with a nice vinegary dressing. Live and learn, oh and next time – DOCTOR THE HECK OUTTA THEM!