Mediterranean Veggie Burger
When life hands you lemons…
There was this time a few weeks ago when I really thought I had it together and then, poof, it all collapsed.
I felt great, I had this fantastic veggie burger recipe all queued up and then, life hit me. Not a literal punch in the face, more of like a “hey, stop biting off more than you can chew!” kind of way. Hence, the delayed post and hence why I have yet to update and face-lift my little blog here. But you’re here and I’m here now, so let’s celebrate that little victory, shall we?
You Make Lemonade…
Nothing prophetic here, I made this recipe because I simply wanted a “go-to” veggie burger.
I wanted one that didn’t use black beans and one that was hearty and satisfying. With a few tweaks, I was satisfied and now I am happy to share my Mediterranean Veggie Burgers with you. They’re easy to make and perfect for freezing. Keep some on hand for when you think you’ve got it together and then things happen to collapse…trust me on this one!
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A versatile veggie burger made with sweet carrots, nuts, beans, oregano and feta cheese.
- 1 can (15 ounces) no salt added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1⁄2 cup (2 ounces) walnuts or almonds, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄3 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon olive oil 1⁄2 medium (about 2⁄3 cup or 3 ounces) chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 medium carrot, grated (about 1 cup or 3 ounces)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1⁄4 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus extra
- for garnish, if desired
1⁄4 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
5 Kalamata olives, chopped
8 small whole wheat hamburger buns or rolls
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the beans, nuts, salt, pepper, and oats.
Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Take the skillet o the heat and stir in the carrots. Pour mixture into the bowl with the beans and, using a fork or avocado masher, mash
- and stir the mixture until combined.
Mix in the egg and feta cheese. Divide mixture into eight equal portions and shape
- into 21⁄2-inch round patties.
Wipe out the pan used to cook the onion and garlic mixture, then set over medium
- heat. Add half of the remaining olive oil and, once hot, add half of the veggie burgers, cooking 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers.
- Serve burgers on buns and top with a little Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and chopped olives. Or, go the traditional route and top with ketchup and mustard.
- For serving: These are delicious topped with hummus and a sprinkle of dried or fresh oregano. Or, you can go the traditional route and top with ketchup and mustard.
- Serving Size: 8
- Calories: 207
- Sugar: 2
- Sodium: 143
- Fat: 9
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Unsaturated Fat: 6
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26
- Protein: 7
- Cholesterol: 27