Meatless Monday! Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, it is good to go meatless at least once a week. Plus it’s fun to experiment and once you start cooking vegetarian meals, you’ll realize how easy and delicious they can be! I love veggie burgers but have gotten used to the fact that they just don’t have that meat texture or flavor. And that is fine but I wanted to make a veggie burger that was at least close to the real thing. This one has black beans, mushrooms, and oats as the main ingredients. I don’t know if it’s the mushrooms or what but the texture is awesome as well as the flavor. They held up nicely while cooking them in a pan and would be good on the bbq too.
I looked up various veggie burger recipes and took away tips and amounts of ingredients from all of them. These are easy to make and I was eating the leftover patties for lunches during the week. So try this recipe for your meatless Monday! I know you will enjoy it!
1 medium onion (minced)
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tbsp dijon mustard (I used Sierra Nevada honey spice mustard)
1 1/2 cups oats (pulse in food processor to break them down so they stick and combine better with other ingredients)
1 cup black beans (I rinse canned beans to get the gooey water off and reduce the sodium)
1 tsp cumin (I added more cumin for extra flavor)
1-2 tsp chili powder
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
salt and pepper
Cook onion in a pan with a little oil for a few minutes. Add spices and garlic and cook another couple minutes. Pulse oats in food processor to break them down a bit. Mash the beans in a large bowl and add mustard, tamari, and oats. Add onion mixture and mix well. Shape mixture into patties of desired size. Cook the patties on med-high heat in a non stick pan with a little bit of oil, about 4 minutes each side or until golden brown.
I drizzled tahini dressing on top with some kale. I also ate them with mustard and avocado. These would do well in a bun with all the fixin’s too.
Nutrition Tidbit: Read all about the health benefits of oats. They can help with absorption of vitamins and minerals in people who follow a gluten-free diet. Just make sure to get oats that are processed in a place without other gluten products.