1/2 cup onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
flax eggs, 2 1/2 Tbs ground flax + 1/2 cup warm water, mixed in bowl
1 cup oats, processed into flour
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (I used the ends of leftover bread, stuck in the toaster)
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and roughly pureed or mashed
heaping 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (or fresh herb of choice)
1/3 cup almonds, chopped (toasted if preferred)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (toasted if preferred)
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs Tamari (soy sauce- we used Bragg's liquid amines)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
kosher salt and pepper, to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp salt)
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (if baking). In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in 1/2 Tbs oil. Mix your flax egg together in a small bowl and set aside for at least 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
2. Place all ingredients (except spices and salt) into a large mixing bowl and stir very well. Now, add seasonings and salt to taste.
|Toasting the bread to then process into breadcrumbs.|
|Processing the almonds a bit to chop them up.|
|Processing the oats into oat flour. Definitely worth purchasing a mini food processor!|
|Mashing the black beans!|
|Grating the carrots!|
|The dough before mixing all the ingredients together.|
|The dough mixed together, with the spices on top, before mixing these into it.|
4. Cooking methods: You can fry the burgers in a bit of oil on a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. If baking in the oven, bake for 25-40 minutes (15-17 minutes on each side) at 350ºF, until golden and crisp. For the grill, pre-bake the burgers for about 15 minutes in oven before placing on a pre-heated grill until golden and crisp on each side.
For toppings we used BBQ sauce, mustard, sliced avocados, sliced tomatoes and red leaf lettuce. They were absolutely delicious and a perfect Monday night dinner.