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I love store bought veggie burgers, so I decided to experiment on my own. I don't like the patties to actually taste like meat so my recipe doesn't and I wanted veggie patties with less calories. It actually tastes more like grains and its healthy too! I make these on a regular basis and eat a patty with toasted whole wheat bread and non-fat mayo.
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can garbanzo beans
- 1⁄2 cup of uncooked pearl barley
- 1⁄2 cup of uncooked brown rice
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 medium carrots (finely shredded)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons onion powder or 3 tablespoons onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons cumin powder
- Wash the barley and rice and drain.
- Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the grains and let it soak for 1 hour.
- Then cook the grains until done.
- In a blender, puree the can of beans.
- When done, put into a large bowl with the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, and cumin powder and mix well.
- Add the shredded carrots to the bean mix.
- When the grains are done cooking, put them into the blender in 1 cup batches (don't dump all the rice in at once because it becomes gummy) and blend until it forms sort of a sticky ball.
- Do this until all the grains are used up.
- Add the sticky rice mix to the garbanzo bean mix and blend well (I just used my hands).
- Add an egg to the mix now and stir.
- Now form the mixture into 10 balls and flatten them like burger patties.
- Put onto a lightly greased baking pan and broil about 5 inches from heat for 5 minutes per side.
The first ones I put in the oven ended up crispy on the outside, but mushy on the inside. Turns out this was because I overcooked the rice and barley; the mixture ended up too moist. The rest of them came out fine, after I added some oatmeal to thicken it. My boyfriend and I both liked these and thought they had a very nice falafel-like flavor.
This is really good ! My 16 year old daughter made it & it came out perfect. She thought it was a little spicy, i thought it was going to get a couple shots of hot sauce ! Cheap & easy we'll make again !
Somehow I missed the instruction to process the grains separately the first time I tried these...they don't really make a ball in my food processor but they are sticky and semi-cut up. Anyway, that step made a huge difference in the final product sticking together for me (vs. falling apart). I am using brown rice as my only grain. I also use 1/4 of a 500g (dry) package of garbanzos (pre-cooked in the pressure cooker) and that seems to be the right amount. I always test the spices in the mix before adding in the raw egg (which sometimes I leave out completely) They seem to cook best fried in a skillet, but I have also cooked them in the oven at 425 for about 20 min on one side and about 10 on the other.