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Say the word “veggie burgers” and most of us turn up our noses and think of one of two things: gooey bean patties that crumble apart when you cautiously attempt to flip them, or chalky soy-based burgers in the frozen foods aisle.
When I originally shared my recipe for Super Healthy Veggie Burgers, I listed the ingredients in a popular store-bought veggie burger brand. The ironic thing was that there were no vegetables in the veggie burgers! This is the processed food industry at its finest: twisting the truth in just the right way to make us think that we’re getting a nutrient-rich dinner when we’re really just loading up on GMO corn, soy, wheat, and canola oil—cash crops with zero nutritional value.
As with my original burger recipe, I set out to create another version that’s all about the veg. There aren’t even beans or grains in these Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Veggie Burgers, so they’re super friendly for sensitive digestive systems. Hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds add loads of heart-healthy fat that supports metabolism and balances blood sugar.
How do you take your burger? With the works? Ketchup only? A heaping spoonful of raw sauerkraut? A schlop of mashed avocado?
It’s all good! These burgers are a flavorful canvas that lend themselves well to just about any topping. I like to opt for ketchup or salsa. Try my Slow Cooker Sugar-Free Ketchup recipe that was featured in Simply Gluten Free Magazine. It’s perfectly sweet, savory, and even a tad smoky. Honestly, it makes store-bought ketchup taste like a cruel joke. :)
I’ve used some of my favorite veggies in these burgers.
- Cauliflower: It’s sort of the new coconut. Is there anything you can’t do with the mighty cauli? It’s the perfect “rice-like” texture base for these burgers.
- Carrots: Feeling sniffly? Immune boosting vitamin A and vitamin C to the rescue!
- Mushrooms: Never used to like them, but I learned to use them properly and now they’re a weekly staple. Mushrooms have a meaty flavor that’s perfect for meat-free dishes of all kinds.
- Celery and onions: They add savory flavor and moisture to the burgers along with antioxidants and fiber.
- Garlic: I tossed in the garlic mostly for flavor purposes, but you can’t beat the antibacterial, antimicrobial properties of this superstar allium!
You know me. I’m always working on new recipes for you that combine great taste with stellar nutrition.
Let me know in the comments what dish you’re craving lately…and I’ll randomly select one to makeover with some Hallie style!