Make a veggie burger from scratch in 10 minutes flat!

Make a veggie burger from scratch in 10 minutes flat!

That's right, you can make a veggie burger from scratch in 10 minutes--not counting the cooking time, of course.

There are a lot of tasty veggie burgers in the freezer section of your grocery store.  So why would you want to make them from scratch--even if they do only take ten minutes to prepare?

Because most of the non-organic brands currently on the market are made with hexane, an air pollutant and neurotoxin. For more of the gory details about hexane and veggie burgers, check out the previous Sugar Buzz Chicago post.

When you make your own veggie burgers, you know exactly what’s going to into them. And it's not hexane.

The basic burger recipe is below. But honestly, it's  pretty adaptable. You can easily substitute many of the ingredients for what you what have on hand. In fact, using leftovers really speeds up the process.

You can swap the quinoa for another cooked grain such as rice.  Or use a can of black beans instead of red beans. Or even sub a sweet potato for a regular potato.

You can use two egg whites instead of one whole egg if you want to cut down on the fat and cholesterol. Or change up the spices. Maybe add fresh ginger, cilantro and squeeze of lime to give your burgers an Asian twist.

Enjoy your burgers naked, covered with a sauce  or serve them the traditional way on a bun with your favorite condiments.

I like to turn mine into cheeseburgers. I place a slice of Swiss cheese on each burger during the last two more minutes of cooking time or until thoroughly melted.

Quickie Veggie Burgers

1 15 oz. can of red beans, drained and rinsed
1 3/4 cups of quinoa, cooked
1 medium-sized "baked" potato, cooked in either microwave or regular oven
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1  teaspoon fennel seeds
pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375.

1. Place beans in large bowl and mash them with either a fork or your hands until about half or more of them are smashed.  Add cooked quinoa to the bowl.
2. When potato is cool enough to handle, add the inside of the potato to bowl. Chop up potato skin and place in bowl too.  Smash potato, with your hands or the back of a spoon, incorporating it with the other ingredients.
3. Add onion, egg and spices and mix ingredients together.
4.  With your hands, form the mixture into patties and place on cookie sheet that’s been coated with cooking spray. Bake twenty minutes. Turn over with spatula and bake another 15 minutes. Makes 5-6 patties.

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