Monday, March 1, 2010

Giardino Burgers


These were a hit with the whole family—do you know how rare that is in a family of 8? Yes, you probably do. I can’t be the only one who has given up trying to please everyone at every meal. Well, these burgers got compliments from all, especially my two toughest critics: Corinne (5) said, “Mom, I like this even better than pizza!” and Evan (14), my meat-loving son who wishes his mom would buy red meat, said, “These are actually really good—definitely make them again!” Need I say more?

I was happy about how quick these were to make, and how well the patties held together after baking. I "once and a halved" this recipe to make 9 burgers and they disappeared. Next time I'll double it. I served the burgers with these homemade potato/sweet potato chips and they were great!

1-15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (I used 1-3/4 cup cooked dry beans)
3 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs (I put a couple of slices of homemade wheat bread in the blender)
1 cup shredded carrots (the recipe says to add your favorite vegetable)
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
ketchup, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, cheese, avocado, etc.
Rolls or buns

Preheat oven to 350. Put the garbanzos and eggs into a bowl and mash them together with a potato masher. (Corinne loved doing this for me). You want the mixture to be well combined, but a little chunky. Add the bread crumbs, carrots (or any other vegetables you’d like), and seasonings.

Form the mixture into 6 patties. I divided the mixture into mounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and then formed them into round patties, about 3/4 inch thick.

Bake for about 25 minutes until lightly browned. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

2 comments:

Erin said...

I made these, and they were delish! I had the store bought whole wheat buns, which are kind of bigger, so I probably should have made just 4 patties with the recipe.

merathon said...

we made these tonight-- YUM! they were a hit with everyone who ate them. patrick, of course, was not home for dinner, but i saved some to bake up for him on the weekend to get his approval as well. i'm not too worried! i was able to make five patties for us tonight and had enough left two make two more. i also added some scallions (just used the green part) and i thought it was a good touch.