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Wednesday, November 08, 2006


What was I thinking, promising I would blog a veggie burger recipe on the day Britney files for divorce, um, I mean, Election Day?

Anywho, I mashed those beans, sauted those veggies, lumped it all together into patties and cooked them in an electric skillet.

DEElicious! The best veggie burger I've EVER had, I swear. Now, I've tried the oatmeal-based patties, and I never got them quite right. I kept thinking: "I know they're not supposed to taste like beef, but these don't taste like anything!"

I got the recipe from my BFF of 15 years, and she has never steered me wrong. She got the recipe from (hold your pants on 'cause they're about to fall off) Weight Watchers. No lie.

So far, they've kept well in the fridge, stayed in pattie shape without falling apart and they taste good cold or hot. Amazing but true! I throw 'em on a bun with tomato. And I made a bigger batch, too, because four patties won't do it for our family. A little more time-consuming, but SO worth it.

Recipe follows in the comment section. Lemme know how you like them, and if you have any other veggie recipes that are to die for (I promise to share them with Lauren)!


at 10:18 AM Blogger stephanie said...

Veggie Burgers

1 Tbl. Canola oil, divided
ΒΌ cup each minced onion, green bell pepper, carrot and celery
2/3 cup drained canned white kidney (cannellini) beans
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup seasoned dried bread crumbs

In an 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbl. of the oil. Add onion, pepper, carrot and celery; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft and moisture has evaporated. Set aside to cool slightly.

Using a fork (or a masher), mash beans in mixing bowl. Stir in egg. Add bread crumbs and veggies; mix until thoroughly combined.

Shape mixture into 4 equal patties. Set patties on plate; cover and refrigerate until c hilled, at least 20 minutes.

In the same skillet, heat 1 tsp. of the remaining oil. Add 2 patties; cook over medium heat, turning once, until browned on both sides and heated through. Removed patties to plate; keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and 2 patties.

129 calories, 5g fat, 5g fiber

at 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds yummy!!!

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