Now that it’s warm outside, it’s the time for grilling!! Sadly….we can’t have a grill here! D: I don’t even have a balcony anyways and there is no shared grill on the roof! (Tarter sauce!) We instead we make do with some oven baked veggie burgers….and MAN they are tasty!
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups cooked kidney beans or 2-15 ounce can
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
4 cloves of garlic, chopped small
1 tablespoon liquid smoke (It is near the BBQ sauce at the store I swear. You haven’t even looked yet so stop complaining. It is there) It’s magical
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (We forgot these and put croutons in the food processor to make bread crumbs, so there’s that!)
Warm the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a large baking sheet.
Add the spinach and onion to a food processor and pulse until they are in tiny pieces. Add the kidney beans, rice, garlic, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and seasonings and pulse until everything is all mixed up. It’s fine if a few larger pieces of the beans hang around but you want this looking like kinda paste-like. Place the bean-spinach mixture into a medium bowl and add in the breadcrumbs. This should be slightly sticky and hold nicely when you form it into a ball. If it is too wet, add more breadcrumbs. Taste it and add more spices and whatever until it tastes good to you.
If you don’t have a food processor (They are 35 bucks at Target and magical and I suggest getting one because we bought it for this recipe and once I opened it, it dawned on me that now I could make my own salsa and I almost fainted from delight) you can also get a hand masher for mashed potatoes and use that…but it takes A LOT more time and your arms get tired. (It’s how my boyfriend made them the first time pre-me and pre-food processor)
Divide the mixture into patties. We got 6 out of our amount of mixture. Place them on the baking sheet, spray them lightly with oil and bake for 15 minutes or until the bottom is a crispy golden brown. Flip the patties and bake for 15 or until both sides look awesome. If you are doing full size burgers you might need to let the sides go 5 extra minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
I was in charge of the french fries! Since there was only 2 of us, I got 2 large sized potatoes (The kind you normally use for baking) and chopped them into wedges….well….boyfriend chopped them into wedges because I almost cut myself on the first go. After they are chopped up, let them soak in a big bowl of cold water for 15+ minutes. This helps so they don’t stick together while they are frying. Make sure you dry them off before adding them into the oil!!
Anyways, I filled a deep 12-inch skillet with an entire thing of Giant Eagle cheap vegetable oil. There should be about an inch or so oil in the pan so the potatoes can be fried evenly and they aren’t sticking out all over the place. I then heated the oil until it was about 300 degrees and started adding in the dry potatoes.
Move them around with tongs while they bubble in the oil. It took about 10 min or so for 11 wedges to fully fry. The kitchen should start smelling like french fry goodness and they should turn a golden brown color on both sides. That’s when to tell if they are ready to take out! We split the fries into 2 batches, so it took a total of about 20 minutes to fry them all!
SO YUMMY! The burgers are very filling too! Man, I love burgers!
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