Zekes EZ Veggieburgers
4 cups cooked, sticky short-grain brown rice *
1 15-oz. can pinto beans
2 cups cooked lentils
4 tablespoons. parsley flakes
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* Brown rice should be prepared in such a way as to make it sticky, thus providing good binding for burger patties. How to make it sticky: steam for 10 mins., then stop, let sit for 20 mins. Then steam again for the full, usual time (as if you hadn't presteamed it). My steamer takes 60 mins...after first doing the 10-min. steaming. This will over-steam the rice, to come out sticky.
In large bowl, thoroughly mash rice/beans/lentils. Add pepper. Thoroughly stir in parsley and garlic. With clean hands, make 10-12 burger patties.
Broil patties till done on each side (about 10 mins. per side).
Use quality whole-grain buns and favorite condiments (lettuce, onion, relish, ketchup, mustard, etc.).
Refrigerate or freeze if not cooking the patties immediately. I like to store them by wrapping (and separating) two burgers each in wax paper, enclosing them in a zip-lock baggie.
Quality condiments make it all work! The patties tend to squish when pressed, so consider it more like a vegan sloppy joe. Juicy and bursting with flavors, you'll need extra napkins...Dont bother me, I'm eating! Burger King: eat your beefy heart out.