Zucchini Burgers // Vegan + Gluten-Free

>> Tuesday, April 15, 2014

See a trend? I can't promise I'll be able to swing it every week -- but I'm trying to offer up some tasty recipes that make use of the same ingredients in different ways. And I also like if I can make meals and treats using ingredients primarily purchased at Aldi.

Yesterday was delightfully vegan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.


Makes 6-8. Vegan. Gluten-Free. Delicious.

What you'll need . . .
  • 1-1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 white onion, diced or grated
  • 1 can beans (I used white beans) -- drained + rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons flaxmeal
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower kernels
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika + chipotle seasoning (or other spices)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Method . . .
  1. Pulse the beans in your food processor a few times. Alternatively, you can roughly mash with a fork. You want them mushy, but not pureed like hummus.
  2. Then combine all ingredients in a large bowl. You can use a big spoon or even your hands. Just mix until everything is well incorporated.
  3. Then take palmfuls of the "dough" and form 6-8 patties. 
  4. Place patties on a plate (wax paper is optional) and refrigerate for an hour or more to help firm up. I actually found the burgers we left in the fridge overnight did better.*
  5. Then heat some olive oil in a fry pan on your stove top and cook on both sides until browned.

* Since this recipe doesn't have flour or oats or any other type of grain, it is a bit mushier when cooked. However, if you don't press the burgers down flat while cooking, they keep their shape nicely. Worth it for a true veggie burger sans fillers -- IMO.

Slap between slices toasty bread.

Top with salsa, avocado, or whatever else you desire!

Maybe some Baby Kale Pesto?

Much to my surprise, salsa and mustard make a winning combination! I love these burgers because they are light and seedy. I don't know what it is, but I have a thing with seeds lately. So, feel free to substitute any ingredients you have on hand.

* means VEGAN

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