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!
Serves 4 | From the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook
- 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
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease
- In a mixing bowl, mash the beans with a fork until you don’t see any whole beans
- Add the spices, oats and ketchup and stir to combine
- Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and roll into balls, then flatten with your palm and place on the cookie sheet
- 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.
- The burger texture can be a bit crumbly, so be careful when placing onto your plate or a bun.
- 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
- 2 small potatoes
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- Cut your potatoes into thin strips – try to make them of even size
- Place on the parchment paper and bake for about 10-15 minutes
- Then, broil the fries for about 2 minutes but keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. (Ovens vary)
- Once done, enjoy!
Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! Be safe!