In Search of the Best Veggie Burger

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The Chip Program is launched

Have you spent time in search of the best veggie burger? If so you’ve probably endured good and bad burgers. Dr. Vicky Scott, an Asheville gynecologist has a suggestion.

On Monday, August 31, 2015 the first CHIP Session  was conducted in Asheville Gynecology & Wellness‘s spacious teaching kitchen. Nutritious, flavorful dishes were served to the participants in the first session. Dr. Vicky Scott, gynecologist with Asheville Gynecology & Wellness facilitated the program.

Participants enjoyed a Basil White Bean Dip appetizer followed by a chilled Mango Gazpacho Soup (see related blogs for recipes). 

The highlight was the Zesty  Black Bean Veggie Burger.

 Black Bean Veggie Burger

Zesty Black Bean Veggie Burger

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cups of cooked black beans or 1 540ml can drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 green onions chopped
  • 1 lime (zest and juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes/ powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid)
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil 

Instructions

  1. Add beans to a large bowl.
  2. Mash roughly with a potato masher (but not too much).
  3. Add all the ingredients to the bowl.
  4. Mix well (I find clean hands are the best tool for this), making sure everything is well combined.
  5. You can taste the mixture now to check your seasoning.
  6. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes. This helps it firm up a little and makes it easier to shape the burgers.
  7. Remove from the fridge.
  8. The mixture will feel very sticky but should come together well. Shape into 4 balls then using the palm of your hand press down on the top of each one to make it a burger shape. If they crack a bit just press them gently back together. If you struggle to shape them because you feel the mixture is too sticky then add a few more tablespoons of flax/bread crumbs and leave for a few minutes to let it absorb some moisture before attempting to shape again.
  9. Heat the oil in a fry pan over a medium heat.
  10. Once hot add the burgers making sure there is plenty of space around each one to enable you to flip them later. If you can’t fit them all in, have your oven on low (300) and once the first ones are done keep them warm in there until the rest are ready.
  11. Fry them for about 5 minutes each side or until a nice golden crust forms.

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