Homemade plant based burgers are a tricky endeavor. The challenges are: making them taste good, getting them to be sturdy and not fall apart at the slightest touch and, of course, finding a simple method. These burgers are as nutritious as they are simple. They are oil free too!
You will need a food processor, knife, baking sheet and parchment paper.
1 carton black beans (About 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup cooked warm brown rice
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 medium white/sweet onion
2 medium carrots
3 handfuls raw spinach
2 tbsp ketchup
2-3 tsp taco seasoning (I use Trader Joe’s)
1. Rinse and drain black beans.
2. Mix black beans, rice, oats, ketchup and taco seasoning together and set aside.
3. Place onions, carrots and spinach in the food processor and run until broken down and mixed well.
4. Remove vegetable mixture and add to rice and bean mixture.
5. Place combined mixtures in processor and run for about 10 seconds until blended. Mixture will be very moist. Don’t worry. After baking they will dry out and set well.
6. Scoop out 1/6 of mixture and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Use wet hands to form into a round patty 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch high. Repeat this 5 times to make 6 burgers
7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for 12 minutes on the other side.
8. Allow them to sit for 10 minutes to set more.
Enjoy in a bun or on top of a salad with guacamole.