During college, I lived with quite a few vegetarians and we also had vegans that would regularly stop by for dinner. While I never got the hang of vegan baking (Trust me all the recipes would have been improved with real chocolate chips), I do make some delicious vegan and vegetarian friendly dinner. These burgers are one of my favorite things to make because they give the satisfying feeling that comes with meat, while being meat free!
RECIPE: Meat Free Burger
Makes 4 Servings
Cast iron pan
Sweet Potato Fries
1) If you want fresh sweet potato fries with your dinner, I recommend heating up an oven to 400 degrees before you cut up the sweet potatoes. Grease down a baking sheet. Lay down the potato in a single layer, toss it into the oven while you prep the rest of the meal.
2) Peal the garlic and add it to the food processor. Process until minced.
3) Add pinto beans to the garlic and puree.
4) Add some green salsa for some color and spicy flavor.
5) Add wheat germ to the pinto bean mixture until the mixture can be formed into patties without falling apart or sticking too much. There should be enough to make 4 patties, even though I only made two and left the rest of the mixture for lunch the next day.
6) Heat up a cast iron pan and cook the burgers, flipping to make sure the sides evenly brown.
7) Place the patty on the buns and top with ketchup, mustard, and pickles, just like you would a good old fashion American style burger.
8) Serve with the sweet potato fries that you can lightly salt and have paprika ketchup for dipping. (Not pictured because I was too excited to eat them that I forgot to take a picture…whoops!).
These burgers may be meat free, but the pinto beans and wheat germ really come together with a great flavor and satisfying texture. While definitely not as good as a real burger with freshly ground beef and bacon for the patty, it definitely satisfies a basic burger craving. If you have vegetarian or vegan friends, they will appreciate you making this recipe for them!