Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mushroom and Kale Veggie Burgers

For whatever reason I was just not in the swing of the Independence Day celebrations happening all over the U.S. yesterday. I had pea and avocado tea sandwiches for lunch.My kids and I made cupcakes.  I did not go to any barbecues and did not use my grill.  But, as the day wore on I figured I better at least make a burger. That seems very July 4th like to me.

I took a look in the refrigerator. Mushrooms and kale. Seemed like a good start. A quick search of the web turned up a bunch of nice recipes. I used this one for my inspiration.  I changed it up a bit- as you know I can't follow a recipe exactly.  I also wanted to use some peppers I had in the fridge and so these burgers were born.

It was a great meal- loaded with flavor, packed with nutrition and enjoyed by both myself and my daughter. Her exact words: "Ooh, Mom, this is GOOD".  I call that success.

After dinner we did head out to the deck to watch some fireworks so in the end I guess I sort of participated in the Fourth this year.

Mushroom and Kale Veggie Burgers

1 cup oats
4 kale leaves, stemmed and chopped
6 oz baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp tahini paste
1 tbsp red miso
1/2 tbsp tamari sauce
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Olive oil for sautéing the burgers
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat add the olive oil and onions.  Saute until soft- about eight minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and continue to saute until they release their liquid.  Add the kale and garlic, re-season with salt and pepper and  saute for a few minutes until the kale is wilted. (Note: do not add too much salt as the tamari and Worcestershire add a fair amount of salt).  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Put the oats in a food processor and pulse a few times.  Add 3/4 the mushroom and kale mixture along with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until a ball starts to form and the ingredients are well incorporated.  Remove, place in a bowl and add the rest of the mushroom mixture.  Mix with your hands to incorporate.

Form four patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before cooking.

When ready to cook, place the refrigerated patties in a skillet with a few teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Cook until browned on both sides and warmed through.

Serve with your favorite condiments (I used a little bit of sriracha sauce, my daughter ketchup and mustard).


  1. Lee, this looks great!! I think I can make a raw version of this. I will have to email myself the recipe so I can remember. ;)

    1. Sounds very cool-- please let me know how they turn out!