True Veggie Burgers

This vegetarian/vegan burger is made entirely of vegetables, rather than beans or lentils like typical veggie burgers.

Yield 4 burgers
Time 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Colander
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small saucepan
  • 2 baking sheets
  • Food processor
  • Large bowl
  • Heavy skillet
  • ¾ pound eggplant (1 small or ½ large)
  • 1½ t salt
  • 12 slices sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 c water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 c onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ c rolled oats
  • 1¾ c bread crumbs (or 7 slices of stale/toasted sandwich bread)
  • 2 T sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1½ c carrots, grated
  • Pepper
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 T vegetable oil
Directions Preheat the oven to 400°.

Peel and dice the eggplant, place in colander, sprinkle with 1 t salt, toss, and let rest for 15 minutes.

Place the sun-dried tomatoes and water in the small saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Rinse the eggplant, place on baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Place onions and garlic on the other baking sheet, and put both sheets in the oven. Bake 15-20 minutes, until eggplant is tender and onions/garlic are golden brown.

Grind the oats in the blender, add bread crumbs or the stale bread broken into pieces, and blend until the mixture starts forming crumbs. Pour into large bowl.

Drain the tomatoes and place in food processor along with eggplant, onions, and garlic. Blend until fairly smooth, then add to oat/bread crumbs and mix.

Stir in sesame seeds, carrots, the other ½ t of salt, and some pepper. Chill for one hour.

Dip your hands into flour, then form the mixture into 4 burgers. Heat the olive oil in the skillet over medium heat, add the burgers, and fry about 3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip, repeat, and serve.

Notes Adapted from Didi Emmons’ Vegetarian Planet (in which they are called All-Veggie Burgers).
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