Skip the pre-made patties and make your own Protein-Powered Veggie Burgers. Flavorful veggie burgers are easier than ever in this 20-minute recipe with only 3 main ingredients. Packed with colorful veggies, black beans, and the protein-packed star of the show: HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS® products!
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This is the year of #PlantPoweredProtein. So, an easy and flavorful veggie burger recipe is a must. Veggies burgers are a delicious meatless meal option and a great way to sneak extra veggies into your day. However, they can often be time consuming and fall apart easily.
Soy protein to the rescue
These veggie burgers are on the table in less than 30 minutes and stick together just like regular meat. The secret ingredient in these patties is HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS™ Plant-Based Ground. I picked this product up at my local Fresh Thyme in the meat section. Click to shop now and find a Fresh Thyme near you!
These veggie burgers are on the table in less than 30 minutes and stick together just like regular meat. The secret ingredient in these patties is HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS® products. I picked this product up at my local Fresh Thyme in the meat section. Click to shop now and find a Fresh Thyme near you!
How do I cook with plant-based ground?
HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS® products can be prepared the same as ground beef or turkey. Try using it in everything from stuffed peppers, to taco salad, to your favorite chili. This meat substitute cooks exactly like ground meat, so you can swap it into any recipe to make it meatless.
HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS® products also have no preservatives, contains 20 grams of protein + 3 grams of fiber per serving, and has far fewer calories and saturated fat than competitors!
How do I make these veggie burgers?
Don’t fear the veggie burger. Seriously, these patties are so simple to make.
First, chop up your vegetables so they easily mix into the patties. You can also give the chopped veggies a quick sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat for more depth of flavor or opt out to save time.
Next, combine the veggies with the rest of the ingredients.
Finally, drizzle olive oil over a large skillet and cook patties over medium heat for 6 minutes each side. It’s that easy!
Is this burger better for you?
With only 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving, this product has much less fat than most meat or alternative meat burgers. Plus, there’s no genetically modified ingredients used. Instead, HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS® contain soy protein derived from soybeans.
Other soy foods include edamame, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, and miso. Soy is often popular among vegetarians and vegans since it is the only plant-based protein that is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids. Along with protein, soy contains phytoestrogens that act as an antioxidant in the body, helping protect us from certain diseases.
Veggies are also the star in this burger. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables every day helps you get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Customize it your way
For these patties, you get to choose what fills your one cup of vegetables. You can use just one vegetable; I like to use a mixture! Choose your favorites or use up whatever vegetables you have on hand. Try roasted red peppers, corn, portobello mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, onion, or zucchini. The only vegetables to avoid in this recipe are ones you can’t eat raw, such as sweet potatoes, beets, or winter squash.
All the fresh vegetables you need can be found at Fresh Thyme. Fresh Thyme carries locally sourced produce at an incredible value. Be sure to download the Fresh Thyme app, plug in your store, and clip coupons on the app so you can grab deals on the ingredients needed for this recipe.
How much protein is in one patty?
Protein is important to keep our muscles strong, and it helps us stay fuller longer. Depending on which vegetables you use, one of these Protein-Powered Veggie Burgers patty packs 150 calories, 14 grams carbohydrates, and 14 grams of protein!
If you have cooked patties left, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also freeze uncooked patties between parchment paper for up to 3 months.
Grab HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS® products, and get cooking these Protein-Powered Veggie Burgers today!
- 1 package HAPPY LITTLE PLANTS™ Plant-Based Ground
- 1 - 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 cup vegetables of your choice, (corn, broccoli, cauliflower, portobello mushrooms, bell peppers, roasted red peppers, onion, zucchini, carrots, kale, or a mixture!)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Freshly ground salt and black pepper, to taste
- 4 hamburger buns
- Toppings of your choice, (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, pickles, mustard, ketchup, cheese)
- Using a food processor or knife, pulse or chop vegetables until you have pea-size pieces. Then, add vegetables and all other ingredients to a large bowl. Using a fork, mash together until beans are slightly mashed and everything is combined.
- Using your hands, form 8 - 1/2 inch thick patties. When ready to cook, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.* Cook patties 6 minutes each side, or until burgers reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Serve in a bun with toppings of your choice, if desired. Store any leftover patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or wrap each patty in foil and store in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
*Alternatively, you can cook burgers over a grill following the same cooking instructions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 patty
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g
This is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition may vary depending on ingredients used. For more nutrition information, seek a professional registered dietitian's advice.