The first time I had a veggie burger that I actually enjoyed, nay savored, was at Chili's of all places. They introduced me to the Spicy Black Bean Burger. This was not made of twigs and sawdust, it was not trying to taste like meat. It was flavorful and had a pleasing texture. At that moment my mind was opened to a whole host of possibilities. Veggie burger could be delicious! And from then on I became a veggie burger connoisseur.
Thankfully, things have greatly improved in the veggie burger department. There are endless options at the grocery store and in restaurants. I still love spicy black bean burgers (these make great tacos by the way). Other great choices are Sunburgers (made from sunflower seeds) and Costco has fantastic burgers from Don Lee Farms. Restaurants are stepping up their game as well. I recently read this article in the Denver post about the so-called veggie burger renaissance.
One of the burgers mentioned just so happens to be a new favorite of mine. City O City and Watercrest (same owner) serve an amazing pinto bean and quinoa burger that I may or may not dream about on a nightly basis. It is spicy, nutty, flavorful, and it also has a great texture. Can you tell texture is a big thing for me? The only problem with this burger is the fact that it is located 35 minutes away from my mouth.
So what is a girl to do? Try to recreate it of course!
And thus began my veggie burger making adventure. I must also add that I am completely ill equipped to embark on such an adventure due to my utter lack of cooking skills...but I tried all the same. What follows are "instructions" and the resulting "recipe."
Overall, I think they turned out great. One of the beautiful things about veggie burgers is that you can just throw stuff together. I think I would pump these up with some corn, zucchini, maybe even chopped jalepenos. But overall, I would recommend googling a recipe since my instructions pretty much suck! Give them a go....and don't listen to my husband because they don't need any meat!
Thoughts on veggie burgers? Yea or nay?