Frugal Foods, Happy Stomachs: Homemade veggie burgers

Posted by Ashley Copperstone

Hey readers, how much do you love Turkey now that we've made it into the post-Thanksgiving stretch? I'm sure each and every one of you is sick of all those heavy leftovers sent back to school with you, so this week I've prepared a lighter and healthier treat to bring some ease to your guilty consciences and stomachs.
Considering finals are also around the corner and time is becoming tighter, I figure that no one has time to go food shopping or pull off any kind of Julia Child culinary masterpiece. During weeks like these, students need something quick, easy, and full of nutrition. As such, I've concocted a recipe for some homemade veggie burgers.?
Forget spicy black bean burgers and garden burgers from the Dining Hall or Price Chopper because these simply blow them out of the water. They include fresh ingredients and are made with the love only your own two hands can provide. You won't be able to stop chowing down on them. The best part about this recipe is that you can basically toss in any vegetable you happen to have sitting around in your fridge, spice them to your liking and then freeze them for later cooking. During this busy time of year, how can you say no to such efficiency? So, grab your biggest mixing bowl and get ready to enjoy a meal that puts packaged burgers to shame!??

Ingredients:?
1 can of black beans, drained and mashed?
1 small onion, diced?
? cup of frozen corn, cooked?
? cup of frozen peas, cooked?
4-6 small mushrooms, diced (Any kind will do)?
2 eggs?
1 cup of breadcrumbs?
Salt and pepper to taste?
1 teaspoon paprika ?
1 teaspoon fennel seed?
2 teaspoons parsley?
2 teaspoons basil ?
? cup of vegetable oil ?
1 bun (gluten free, whole wheat, whatever)??

Step 1: Combine black beans, onion, mushrooms, corn, and peas in a mixing bowl. On the stove, heat vegetable oil at medium-high heat in a medium sized saucepan. ?
Step 2: Add eggs, breadcrumbs, and spices to the bowl and mix thoroughly ?
Step 3: Form vegetable medley into patties. If they don't stick together, add more breadcrumbs. ?
Step 4: Cook as many patties (3-5 minutes per side) as your heart desires and freeze the rest for later. ?
Step 5: Place patty on bun and enjoy! It's as easy as that!
       

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