Veggie Burgers

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.

veggie burgers

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.

veg burger

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!

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