Tuesday, August 31, 2010

homemade veggie burgers

I'm not a big meat lover. Well, I should say I don't really like cooking meat and I don't do it very often. I'm not sure why. I guess that meat just seems expensive, and maybe I don't really see it as a necessary part to daily meals (Sorry Russell - what kind of a wife am I?). Not that I don't like it, understand, I'm just generally cheap and lazy.

However, there are some situations where, seriously, you can leave the meat behind and you're not going to miss it one bit. And there are even situations where veggies are even better than meat. And not just because they're better for you. Because they taste better. No lie. This is one of those times. These fritter/veggie burgers have so much flavor you'll wonder why hamburgers are so popular. Plus these made Russell very happy - which makes me very happy. Cooking isn't so bad when you have someone to go on and on about how it's the best thing they've ever had - especially when they also do the dishes afterward. :)

Homemade Veggie Burgers
adapted from Poppytalk's recipe:

1 small zucchini, grated & squeezed dry
2 ears of corn, kernels removed
half onion, finely chopped with a few slices reserved for normal burger duty.
(can replace/add any veggies you have on hand)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
(could replace the last two with curry powder - yum)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
a few dashes of red pepper flakes
3/4 cup flour
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
All the burger toppings you want - including a toasted bun. Toasting is vital on this one.

1. In a medium bowl combine vegetables with seasonings, b. powder and flour.
2. In a small bowl whisk seperated egg yolks together with milk. Add to veg. mixture.
3. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into the veg. mix slowly until it is well combined.
4. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Once hot, add mixture to the desired pattie size. Flip and cook till golden. Repeat. Eat.



Russell said...

heaven in a bun

Lauren said...

i'm so excited to try this one! and its made from pretty normal stuff - i think the only thing I don't have in my house right now is red pepper flakes. yipee.