I got these veggie burgers from costco (dr praeger’s brand) a few years ago and they were so good. They’re made with all natural ingredients and have a really nice taste. The thing is, veggie burgers are so cheap to make so I figured I didn’t have to buy those ones again.
I finally took the plunge into the veggie burger section of the internet today. I was looking through so many recipes but a lot of them said to saute veggies before mixing everything together and I wanted something easier. I narrowed it down to two recipes (one from a cooking facebook group and the other from the ohsheglows site). I kind of just wrote out of my own recipe – sort of a combination of both – and it turned out really well. Here’s what I ended up using:
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 garlic powder
- 1 tsp cumin
Making veggie burgers is super simple with a food processor. I have a little 2 cup one so it took a few batches to get everything chopped up finely. So I processed the chickpeas, carrot, onion and jalapeno and after each thing, I just dumped the ingredient into a big bowl. I also pulsed the oats just to get them a little finer. Once that was all in the bowl, I added my seasonings then I tasted it to see if it needed any changes. I was pretty happy with the flavours at that point so I added the egg in now. Obviously, it’s smart to try the mixture before adding the egg because you shouldn’t eat raw eggs. The egg was necessary though because it was a pretty crumbly mixture.
After that, I put that in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill a bit. Fridge time is important because it helps the mixture stay together better. When it was nice and cold, I formed my patties. I just took a 1/2 cup dry measure and scooped out portions of the burger mixture and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I got 9 burgers out of this batch but you could make more or less depending on the size you want. I flattened them out a bit then covered in plastic wrap and popped in the freezer for an hour.
Once they were pretty frozen, I took them out of the freezer and put them in a ziploc bag then they went back in the freezer. I saw this technique on the ohsheglows blog so I’m hoping it will work. Many recipes I saw for burgers said to cook and then freeze them, so I’m hoping they will be fine even though I’m freezing from raw.
So I have not tried cooking one yet but I really hope they cook all the way through and don’t fall apart. Also, I’m not sure if I should bake or pan-fry them.. or if I should cook from frozen or let thaw first.. if you have answers to my questions, please let me know! But I will update this post once I eat one to let you know how it went!!