Veggie Burgers – even better than Costco’s Kirkland brand!

As barbecue season is fast approaching (or if you are crazy like me, you barbecue all year round), you are probably thinking about healthy options to throw on your grill. You might be grilling up some meat with a little bit of this amazing BBQ sauce or roasting vegetable disks with a simple Dijon lemon dressing. Sometimes, you just want an alternative to the meat burger that still tastes delicious. For me, I am always looking for a veggie burger that is not packed full of soy, gluten or a crazy form of MSG (often hidden in the ingredients as yeast extract or some other sneaky word to make you think it’s OK). Guess what people? I have yet to find a pre-packaged veggie burger that does not contain these things. Have you?

The other day, I asked my husband to pick up some veggie burgers from Costco. I love Costco as it is a great place to find clean eats (as long as you’re smart) and many local, sustainable brands are sold there.  Check out Angela’s recent post of how to shop smart at Costco on Eat Spin Run Repeat. So, normally my husband is very good at checking out ingredients and making sure they are “Suzanne approved”. I love him for it. I told him that the Kirkland brand is usually pretty good, so he picked it up. We go about getting dinner ready and I casually look at the ingredient list. WOWZA! Over 25 ingredients including textured soy protein, bulgur wheat and autolyzed yeast extract…damn it! Why can’t picking up convenience foods that are not crazy with ingredients just be easy for once!?!? Here’s the thing with eating clean – you have to make most foods from scratch or you pay a hefty price tag to get exactly what you are looking for. I took another gander at the ingredients and thought “I can recreate this and make it work for our food sensitivities”.

And that is exactly what I did.

 

Enter the awesome homemade veggie burger…

I packed these with the superpower of sweet potato, kale and chia seeds to really up the nutritional value. To save time, I did have the brown rice and sweet potato cooked the previous night for dinner, making a little extra knowing I would be creating this recipe the next day. Try a high quality mustard on these like this brand paired with some dill pickle, my Million Dollar Relish  on a gluten-free bun with some crunchy Romain lettuce and we have a vegetarian winner people! If you are looking for a vegan option, eliminate the cheese and sub for nutritional yeast. Simple and delicious! Now pull out the tongs and let’s get grillin’!

 

Veggie Burgers
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato cooked
  • 1-14oz can of butter beans (I used Eden organics)
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small onion, chunked
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 leaves of kale, destemmed
  • 2-3 leaves of fresh basil
  • small handful of parsley
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds soaked in ¼cup water until thick & gel-like
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • 3 oz white old cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large food processor, place all ingredients. Blend until completely mixed and a burger like texture.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. With damp hands, form mixture into 8 patties.
  4. Bake for 12mins on one side and 15mins on the other. Place on barbecue for 2-3mins for finishing touch.
  5. Eat right away topped with favourite condiments or wrap and freeze for a later date.

 

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9 Responses to Veggie Burgers – even better than Costco’s Kirkland brand!

  1. These look delicious Suzanne!! And thanks so much for the mention. Even though I’m not vegan or vegetarian, I still love making veggie burgers and sometimes enjoy them more than the meaty kind! Hope you’re having an awesome day!

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Angela! I like these more then the chickpea burgers I normally make. It’s nice to have an alternative to the meat for sure (although a juicy burger can be just as good!). Hope you are having a great day too!

  2. Adrienne C says:

    Sue, these look awesome! One question, did you make the buns? If not, where did you get them, and can I buy them in Ontario?? It’s so hard to find nice GF burger buns.

    Thanks!
    Adrienne

    • Suzanne says:

      I did not make the buns – still have not ventured into GF bread making…They are actually Glutino brand of English muffins that we use as our buns for burgers. You will find it for sure at Superstore in the frozen food “hippie” aisle. Usually will set you back about $6.99 for 6 but we have seen them at other grocery stores for over $10/pack! So watch out! We like to defrost them a bit and then toast them – seem to hold their shape better for the burger. Good luck finding them!

  3. Valentina Farley says:

    These were so great!! Thanks Suzanne!

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Valentina! I was really happy with how they turned out and I am so glad you felt the same! YAY healthy food that tastes delicious!!!

  4. Cindy Foell says:

    Can you freeze these burgers or would it be better to cook them up and then freeze them. My daughter is away at school and I would like to make them up for her, so she could have a quick but nutritious meal.

    • Suzanne says:

      YES! I would suggest you cook them first, then freeze (perhaps with parchment paper between layers). She can then grill them or heat in oven when ready to eat (straight from frozen). I’ve had many other readers do this with great success to these burgers. Definitely will win you some brownie points as best mom!!!

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