It’s been so long! TOO LONG! I’ve been working crazy hours and my job caters our meals so I’ve hardly been cooking these days it seems, except for the weekends or maybe snacks after work. However, during yesterday’s gorgeous summer afternoon I wanted to heat up the ol’ BBQ and get some tasty treats cooking. And of course, I wanted to share them with you!
This is BBQ season, and being meat-free is pretty darn easy with a grill. Everything tastes great BBQ’d- just brush some veggies with a bit of oil or put on a skewer and it’s awesome, or grill a pineapple, corn on the cob, garlic bread, pair things with a nice salad or fruit and there you go. Hell, you could throw an old shoe on a bbq, but sauce on it and the smell would still entice folks! Disclaimer- don’t grill boots. . . Steam them instead. 🙂 It can be that simple.
One of the classic BBQ meals is a good ol’ burger. I chose black beans because that’s what I had on hand, but white beans would be really great in this recipe too. I have some different herbs growing in containers and pots both in and outside of my house- which is a great way to have super fresh and tasty additions for all of your meals. It’s also much cheaper than buying at a grocery store. Plus, using super fresh ingredients in your meals makes everything better.
Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs for both taste and scent, so I decided to create a burger that is healthy, super easy to make, uses some savoury rosemary, is full of protein, and has some gorgeous and really versatile yellow zucchini in it. This is a great way to sneak some veggies into your meals. I threw in a few other herbs I picked from the yard, some oats and voila! Vegan burgers, ready and waiting to be enjoyed in the yard, patio, or while camping in the woods. Share them with friends, get creative with your toppings and make a pitcher of sangria while you’re at it! Enjoy!
Rosemary Zucchini Bean Burgers
First off, assemble your ingredients!
-1c of grated yellow zucchini
(you can use green if you’d like, but the yellow adds such great colour!)
-1 can black beans, rinsed and mashed
(look for a can with no added salt)
-2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
-2 tsp green onions, finely chopped
-2 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped
-1 tsp soy sauce
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
(use fresh if ya got it or add more if you love garlic)
-salt and pepper to taste
-1/3c cold water
-1 small onion, minced
(or onion powder if in a pinch)
Combine your mashed black beans with everything else in a large bowl and mix together with a spoon, or get right in there with your (clean) hands! Form into patties and place on a cutting board or plate and stick in the fridge for an hour or so to help them firm up (they should be pretty solid, but allowing them to sit helps the flavours incorporate and allows your oats time to do their binding magic!). You should get about 6 patties out of this mixture.
-You can pan fry these bad boys in a little oil over medium heat for about ten minutes, making sure to give them a good flip or two. You can also bake them in the oven on some foil (350 for about 12-15 minutes, flipping half way) or BBQ them! If you BBQ them put them on foil so that they don’t stick to the grill or crumble through the grate. You want to cook them so that they’re slightly browned and heated well through.
Add your favourite BBQ sauce if you wish, put it to a nice hamburger bun, top with spinach or lettuce (I plucked some greens from my garden), and add condiments of your choice. If you dig cheese, feel free to add some to the top and make it a cheeseburger! These burgers keep well in the fridge, and can also be easily frozen, just be sure to wrap them well with plastic wrap or foil. They’re great as leftovers too, which is a great way to have an easy and quick healthy lunch or supper during the week.
-Slice some of that beautiful zucchini to add to your burgers! Put it in a bowl, toss with a little bit of olive oil, pepper and sea salt, grill and use it as a garnish. I could eat an entire zucchini like this, easy. This is also great as a vegan breakfast side.
-Grilled onions. Seriously, another thing I could just eat as a meal. Fried mushrooms and onions? Hello. Give me some of dat.
-Roasted or grilled bell peppers also kick up these burgers!
-Banana Peppers- add some heat!
What’s your favourite vegan/vegetarian BBQ meal? Favourite burger topping?