No Animals Were Harmed!
My daughter has been home the last few weeks and family meals have been a dizzying array of choices, trying to please all eaters. She is eating a vegan diet – uncompromisingly unwilling to eat animals. Empathetic to all sentient beings, she can’t stand the thought of eating them. I sympathize. I dare you to look into a cow’s eyes and then eat beef. So, we’ve been experimenting with a variety of recipes. I tend to not like vegan recipes that try to imitate meat. Just admit you’re a vegetable and revel in it!
In honor of summer barbecues celebrating Independence Day, here is one of her tasty experiments.
Easy Vegan Burgers
- Olive oil
- ½ small onion, chopped fine
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3-4 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
Heat olive oil and sauté the onion, 5-10 minutes until carmelized.
In a food processor, blend: walnuts, sautéed onion, chili powder and cumin.
In a large mixing bowl, mash the black beans, maintaining some texture. Add rice, walnut-onion mixture, bread crumbs, and BBQ sauce. Combine. Form into 8 patties.
Grill, bake, or sauté.
Serve on buns, with desired toppings or makes a delicious entrée salad.
Recipe Inspiration: Grillable Veggie Burger from Minimalist Baker