High Protein Veggie Burger

 
This vegan burger is high in protein and boasts a meaty mushroom flavor. It marries well with just about any topping—tomatoes, onions, avocados, pickles, you name it.

This vegan burger is high in protein and boasts a meaty mushroom flavor. It marries well with just about any topping—tomatoes, onions, avocados, pickles, you name it.

 

Adapted from Bon Appetit  

| Yield: 4 servings | Time: 1 hour |

 

 
 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F. Prick sweet potato all over with a fork or paring knife, wrap in foil and roast directly on oven rack until tender, 30-40 minutes. Let cool, remove skin and mash flesh in a small bowl with a fork.

While sweet potato is roasting chop mushroom in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside in a bowl. Grate zucchini on a box grater and gather in a kitchen town to absorb any excess liquid.

Mince shallot, then heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over low. Cook shallot and red pepper flakes until shallot is soft about 2 minutes. Then add chopped mushroom and zucchini and cook until vegetables release liquid but do not brown, another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, dump into a bowl and let cool.

Add breadcrumbs to bowl along with lemon, quinoa, and ¼ cup of mashed sweet potato. Taste and season. If mixture is not holding together, add more mashed sweet potato.

Divide into 4 portions and form into patties using your hands. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium and cook 2 patties until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 patties.

Place patty on toasted vegan buns and top with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients

1 small sweet potato

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 portobello mushroom

½ small zucchini

1 small shallot

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup cooked quinoa

¾ cup dried whole wheat breadcrumbs

1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice

4 vegan rolls, toasted

Guacamole, tomato, lettuce or your favorite toppings for serving

 
 

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