I LOVE veggie burgers, but every time I’ve eaten them until now it’s been those ones you buy in the frozen aisle at the grocery store. Nothing against those-they make a quick and yummy meal-but if you have the time I would definitely recommend making some from scratch! This recipe makes veggie sliders that are crispy, flavorful, savory, smoky, and just so so good!! Perfect for BBQ season 🙂
Serves: 8 Time: 1 hour
- 1/2 red onion, finely diced (~3/4 cup)
- 6 button or baby bella mushrooms, diced (~1 1/4 cups)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 15-ounce can kidney (or black) beans, well rinsed and drained
- 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 Tbsp chili powder (or sub cumin), yes Tablespoon
- ~1/2 cup raw walnuts, crushed or ground into a loose meal (divided)
- OPTIONAL: For even more flavor, add a shake of worcestershire or A-1 sauce when adding the chili powder
Directions: Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add some nonstick spray or add a bit of olive oil. When hot add the onion and slowly sauté, seasoning with a pinch each salt and pepper. When the onions are soft – about 5 minutes – turn up the head to medium and add the mushrooms. Season with another pinch of salt and pepper and cook until the mushrooms and onions are slightly browned and fragrant – about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and add beans and mash. You’re looking for a rough mash, not to turn it into a paste, so you can leave some whole or halved if you want. Taste and add another pinch of salt, or pepper if needed.
Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, add the quinoa, chili powder or cumin and stir. Lastly, add the walnuts a little at a time until the mixture is thick and malleable enough to form into patties. Pop in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to cool and preheat your oven to 375. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray or olive oil.
Once chilled, form into small patties. I love using a peanut butter jar lid lined with plastic wrap to get the perfect, mess-free shape (a tip I learned from Iowa Girl Eats). See photo.
Arrange on the baking sheet and brush or spray the tops with olive oil and another pinch of black pepper and any leftover crushed walnuts (optional). Bake at 375 for a total of 40-45 minutes, flipping around the 20-minute mark. Cook longer to dry them out even more and achieve more crisp, but it’s not necessary. For a quicker option, form into thinner patties (1/4 inch) and brown in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat lightly coated with olive oil. Cook until brown on both sides – 3-4 minutes on each side. However, this version doesn’t get them as well done in the middle.
Serve on small buns or atop mixed greens with desired toppings.
*If you don’t want to cook the whole batch at once, form into 10 thicker patties, parbake them at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Then cool and stack between layers of parchment paper and cover. Freeze for up to a few weeks. To cook, bake as instructed until desired texture/color is reached.
*Makes ~10 medium baked patties, or ~16 thin sautéed patties
Serving size: 1 baked pattie, Calories: 89, Total Fat: 4g, Total Carbs: 9g, Sugar: 1g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 4g
*Inspired by Minimalist Baker