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    Simple Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan+GF)

    There are nights when you crave a cozy soup……and then there are times when you just need a burger!

    I’ve really been into simplifying things recently. I mean, life is complicated enough without adding to it, you know? These veggie burgers definitely fit the bill because they’re about as basic as it gets. They’re great for making ahead for the week as well.

    I remember the first time I heard of a veggie burger as a kid and the first thing I thought of was a regular burger piled with vegetables. When I found out that you could make burgers out of things like squash, beans, and other vegetables I was super intrigued but I always thought it must be really complicated to do. It wasn’t until I started cooking all the time that I tried making my own veggies burgers and discovered how simple they are.

    Of course, not only are they simple, but they’re so delish! I love how versatile they are too. You can eat them the typical way, on a bun with condiments, or you can get creative. I’ve eaten these burgers chopped up on salads, sliced and put in a wrap, cut into pieces for a “Buddha” bowl, and even just eaten them like a snack.

    It seems like with the sweet potato being the star player here, these burgers would be overly sweet for a savory meal. Well, you might be surprised how subtle the sweetness becomes once you’ve added all the other ingredients into the mix. I even found that these could handle any sweet condiments that you might like with your burger like ketchup or bbq.

    I served these pretty plain-jane with just the most basic condiments because I like them that way. However, I always encourage you to make them your own and go crazy with the add-ons. Anyway, I’d love to know what you think of these if you get the chance to try them and be sure to tell me how you served them.

    Simple Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan+GF)

    Craving a delicious burger stacked tall with all the good stuff? Try this very basic and easy recipe that uses minimal ingredients.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 6 burgers

    Ingredients

    Burgers:

    • 2 cups cooked sweet potato peeled and cubed
    • 1 15 ounce can (about 1/2 cups) cooked white beans (other beans work as well such as butter beans or garbanzos)
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1/2 cup oat flour
    • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons turmeric

    Optional Toppings:

    • large lettuce or kale leaves washed and dried
    • onion thinly sliced
    • tomato thinly sliced
    • 6 of your favorite hamburger buns. gf if needed
    • condiments such as bbq sauce or ketchup

    Instructions

    Burgers:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) then line a baking tray with foil and spray lightly with olive oil or, what I recommend, line with a silicone baking pads.. Combine sweet potato, beans, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add seasoning then pulse until nearly smooth. Scrape into a large bowl and add the oat flour and flax then mix well. Use a runner spatula to form mixture into 6 patties and place on prepared tray.
    2. Bake in oven for about 18 - 20 minutes on each side (flip after first 20 minutes) then remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes to set up or they will fall apart.
    3. Toast buns if desired and assemble burgers by placing patties on buns and topping with any other toppings you like.

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    Smoky Portobello Veggie Burgers (Vegan+GF)

    It’s long past time for some burgers. I’m writing this post from Montana where I’m camping with my sis. I say “camping” because we’re staying in a dry cabin but to me that’s pretty close to camping. We had to bring basically everything we needed aside from a shelter. That means bedding, towels, etc. We’re going to be hiking to some waterfalls tomorrow and maybe rafting down the river. I’m so excited to share it all but for now I’m sharing a recent recipe while I continue gathering good content from this trip.

     

    So did you know you could turn a plain old mushroom into something nearly unrecognizable? And before anyone starts talking about how far from a burger these actually are, I know. It’s not like they’re trying to impersonate a regular burger, it’s just that they’re a fun and creative alternative to layer on a sandwich like this. Plus, they look pretty freakin’ delicious with all the toppings.

    The key is to make them super flavorful so that everything else is just adding to the yumminess of the full thing. And again, this isn’t me sitting here saying these are exactly like a burger because they’re not. What they are though, is a great way to enjoy all the things you love about a burger in a new way. Also, did I mention how easy these are.

    Here’s all you do; Mix together a few simple ingredients to coat them and either brush it on or dip them in it. Then you bake for about 25 or 30 minutes and you’re ready to load ’em up onto your buns. Don’t forget to add all of your favorite condiments to make these both look and taste incredible.

    You can also cook these on a grill for a Summer barbecue and right now I’m even wondering how they’d be over an open fire. Too bad I didn’t think to bring the ingredients to make them while camping. If I do decide to try that later I’ll be sure to let you know. Okay, so you’ve got to try these and I’ve gotta go so that we can get set up for the night. See you soon.

    Smoky Portobello Veggie Burgers (Vegan+GF)

    So did you know you could turn a plain old mushroom into something nearly unrecognizable? Plus, they look pretty freakin’ delicious with all the toppings.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 2 servings

    Ingredients

    The Burgers:

    • 2 large portobello mushroom caps
    • 2 tablespoons sugar free ketchup
    • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari if gluten free
    • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

    The Other Stuff:

    • 2 sesame buns gluten free if needed
    • lettuce leaves
    • sliced tomato
    • sliced onion
    • Chao cheese or any dairy-free brand you prefer
    • mustard ketchup, pickles.......

    Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) and line a baking tray with foil.

    Stir together the sauce ingredients for the mushrooms and either dip them into it and turn to coat, or brush it onto them. Place the sauce coated mushrooms on a tray to bake and remove the stems to lay separate (I don't throw them away because they are great on the side.).

    Bake for 25 to 35 minutes until the mushrooms have shrunken and darkened a lot. Remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes. Then assemble your "burgers" on the buns with any other toppings that you like and enjoy!

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    Caribbean Jerk Millet Burgers with Pineapple Guacamole (Vegan)

    Happy fresh new week guys! How do you feel about making this meatless Monday?

    Just a suggestion, especially if you really enjoy trying new flavors. How about a really awesome burger that will have you forgetting that it’s completely vegan?

     

    Speaking of freezer, the weather has taken a dive and become winter all of the sudden. A few days ago I was trying to type something out and I couldn’t figure out why my fingers were so stiff. Then I realized that they were almost numb with cold and had a total light bulb slash smack-yourself-on-the-forehead moment because it took me so long to realize. I kept thinking what is wrong with me?Β Duh, I’m freezing that’s what! It’s like the opposite of a frog that doesn’t realize it’s in a pot of water that keeps getting hotter until it’s already boiling.

    I’m usually the coldest one in the house but for some reason I haven’t been as cold this year and I think it’s because I’m usually in the kitchen with the oven and stove heat. Plus our laundry area is right off the kitchen so the dryer keeps it pretty warm also. Basically what I’m saying is that I have had about 3 days of actually feeling cold this year and I’m already sick of it. I’ve officially called upon the power of my fluffy pajamas, which I have something like a collection of, to save my life. I think I’ll just spend all winter in them and hope no one minds my lack of proper attire. I hate being cold.

    That’s probably why I’ve had things like this recipe stuck in my head. I’m dreaming of the hot weather that my mind thinks is supposed to come in June and it’s making me want summer food.

    I have to say that I think these qualify as summer food. Have you ever tasted jerk flavor before? I fell in love with it a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to try more things with it since. It’s so good.

    I only put millet in the title for these because I couldn’t find a good way to put all of the ingredients in the title without it sounding way too long, but these have black beans and chickpeas too.

    See, meatless mondays can actually be pretty awesome!

     

    Caribbean Jerk Millet Burgers with Pineapple Guacamole (Vegan+GF)

    Next time you're looking for something new to try, try this savory spiced recipe for veggie burgers that will take your tastesbuds on an adventure.

    Prep Time 25 minutes
    Cook Time 45 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings 8 burgers

    Ingredients

    Burgers:

    • 2 cups cooked unhulled millet or quinoa
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 serrano pepper seeded
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1/2 small onion
    • 1 small red bell pepper seeded and cut cut into sections
    • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 2 tablespoon each of: soy sauce lime juice, and cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning recipe follows
    • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
    • 1 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxmeal + 2.5 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons more olive oil optional

    Jerk Seasoning:

    • 2 teaspoons cloves
    • 2 teaspoons allspice
    • 2 teaspoons ginger
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 2 teaspoons black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • Pineapple Guacamole:
    • 2 very ripe avocados pits and shells removed
    • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon sugar optional
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 8 of your favorite hamburger buns.
    • fresh cilantro sprigs red bell pepper slices for topping

    Instructions

    Burgers:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) then line a baking tray with foil and spray lightly with olive oil. Whisk together the flax and water and set aside.
    2. Combine serrano, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add mixture to pan. Cook for 6 - 7 minutes until softened then add orange and lime juice, soy, and vinegar to pan. Cook until mostly evaporated then remove from heat and scrape contents back into processor. Add jerk seasoning, brown sugar, salt, soaked flax "egg", and beans then pulse until nearly smooth. Scrape into a large bowl and add millet and breadcrumbs, then mix well. Form mixture into 8 patties and place on prepared tray.

    3. Bake in oven for about 12 minutes on each side then remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes to set up or they will fall apart.
    4. If desired, heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in same skillet and cook each patty for about 1 minute per side until nice and golden brown.

    Pineapple Guacamole:

    1. Smash avocados with a fork and mix with other ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve
    2. Toast buns if desired and assemble burgers by placing patties on buns and topping with gaucamole, peppers, cilantro, and any other toppings you like. These are great with cheese if you aren't vegan.