Monday, March 9, 2009

Vegetarian Chili Burgers


Tonight's dinner comes from the Moosewood Lowfat Favorites Cookbook. I had a can of kidney beans in the pantry that I wanted to use, so I looked through the book for recipes that called for a can of them. I found this recipe for a chili burger. The name makes it sound like a beef burger smothered in chili, but it's really a chili spiced bean burger.
I love kidney beans, especially the dark ones, because they top the USDA's list of anti-oxidant rich foods. One-half of a cup containts 6 g. of fiber and 6 g. of protein while they're virtually fat free and very high in vitamin C.
These burgers were excellent, they tasted a lot like Morningstar Farms Black Bean Patties. I served them with sweet potato fries and a large garden salad.


Chili Burgers
slightly adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Lowfat Favorites
Makes 3-4 patties

1/2 yellow onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, shredded
1 tsp. dark mexican chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained
1 tbsp. dark brown mustard
2 tbsp. worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp. ketchup
1/2 c. quick cooking oats

Hamburger buns (light whole wheat)
Ketchup
Mustard
Pickles
Sprinkle of monterey jack cheese

Heat a large skillet over medium low. Spray with nonstick spray, saute onion, garlic and carrots for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
While veggies cook, drain beans, and add to a bowl. Mash with a potato masher.
Add mustard, worchestershire, ketchup, chili powder, cumin and oats.
Scrape veggies out of pan, add to bean mixture.
Mix burgers thoroughly, form into 3-4 patties.
Heat same skillet over medium-high. Spray with nonstick spray.
Drop patties into skillet, cook for 5-6 minutes per side.
After flipping, add cheese, cover to melt.
Serve on a bun with condiments.

13 comments:

cookingkatie said...

mmmm...looks good. One question, do you buy your sweet potato fries or cut them yourself? If bought what brand?

KMAYS said...

I love bean burgers but have never made them myself. Looks delicious!

cookingkatie said...

Thanks I'm going to go look for those!

Joanne said...

Gotta love the homemade bean burgers. And anything goes great with sweet potato fries!

Joelen said...

Your burgers look awesome!!

Stephanie said...

These are fantastic! I gave up beef, pork, & chicken for lent and these will be perfect for a great dinner that both DH & I will love!

Kelly said...

Those look awesome and like a definite step and a half up from frozen veggie burgers. I have the same cookbook as well. What are your favorite recipes from it? I've had mixed results. I find the sweet potato black bean burritos to be awesome as well as the sweet potato salad but some other things I have made have lacked flavor and needed to be doctored.

Summer Fae said...

Yummy! I am going to have to try this next week for the race. Dh will love them. Tracker wanted to have burgers last week, but I am tired of the boca burger. I have a ton of beans to use.

Joanna said...

wow those look good and easy to make.

Sophie said...

So delicious--Moosewood has some great recipes :)!

Lulu said...

Made the burgers and they were AWESOME!! Loved how easy they were, and sooo yummy! thanks!!!

Christiana said...

Thanks Ashley! These burgers actually ended a fight :) We now consider them miracle workers.

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