Happy 4th of July! With Masala Burger & Fries…

Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is enjoying the day off with family and friends. I am grateful I am able to speak freely and share yummy recipes with all of you. :)

I don’t know why, but when I think the 4th of July, I immediately think about burgers and fries, because obviously that is what is commonly made at a BBQ or cookout, which a lot of people do today. Also, burgers and fries are part of the American culture. Since I gave up meat, I knew I had to find a burger that was just as satisfying and delicious than the beef burger I used to love. I really did love beef burgers, (before I really realized where our beef comes from) but now that I am on a plant based diet, I look for flavorful dishes, in this case, a (non animal) burger.

Enter the bean burger… bean burgers are delicious and the best part about it is that the possibilities are endless. By combining a variety of spices, you can get a delicious burger that probably even tastes better than your typical beef burger! (And by the way, have you seen what people have been doing to the beef burger lately? I see lots of greasiness that can’t be healthy for you) The burger I made was filled with a variety of spices and tasted absolutely delicious. It was filling too!  I know the spices in this burger are more Indian than American, but I love Indian spices and that is what I was craving at the moment!

Masala Burger & Fries

Masala Burgers

Serves 4 | From the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/3 cup of instant oats – I only had rolled oats, so I just pulsed them in my blender 3-4 times, which should be equivalent

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the beans with a fork until you don’t see any whole beans
  4. Add the spices, oats and ketchup and stir to combine
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and roll into balls, then flatten with your palm and place on the cookie sheet
  6. Bake the patties for 10 minutes, then gently flip over and bake for another 8 minutes. If they seem dry, you can spray with oil.
  7. The burger texture can be a bit crumbly, so be careful when placing onto your plate or a bun.
  8. I placed the burger on top of arugula, but of course you can eat however you want, with or without a bun.

 

To make the fries – serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 small potatoes

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Cut your potatoes into thin strips – try to make them of even size
  4. Place on the parchment paper and bake for about 10-15 minutes
  5. Then, broil the fries for about 2 minutes but keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. (Ovens vary)
  6. Once done, enjoy!

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! Be safe!

  • lindajust

    I love beans! They are so versatile too! Making!