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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Veggie, Bean, and Cheese Burger Patties -- About 6 Cents Per Patty


These patties are a bit different from my regular bean burgers, as I've added vegetables and cheddar cheese to the dough and left out the usual egg and bread crumbs. 



The only binder in the recipe is all-purpose flour. (Rice flour or tapioca flour could be substituted for the all-purpose.) A starchy flour absorbs some of the fat from the cheese as it melts when cooking and help the patties retain their shape and firm up.


What I like about these patties -- the veggie content and the cost



I'm working at increasing my vegetable consumption, so these patties help in that regard. I think that the amount of carrots and greens could be increased, perhaps up to double the amount. The patties are flavorful and the texture is soft. As a bonus, these patties freeze well for 1 to 2 months (to be reheated individually as needed) or keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



I had been looking at veggie patties in the frozen section at Dollar Tree. Their veggie patties were 50 cents each (package of 2 patties for $1). My homemade veggie patties cost me about 6 cents each, or almost 1/10 the cost of the Dollar Tree version. I used greens, oregano, and garlic from my garden and pinto beans, onions, carrots, flour, and cheese from SmartFoodservice Cash & Carry. If I had to pay regular grocery store prices for all of the ingredients, these might cost as much as 10 cents per patty. That would still be 1/5 the cost of the Dollar Tree veggie patties.


Remember the other day, when I discussed my 4-step method to getting what I want for less? My end goal in wanting the veggie burger patties from Dollar Tree was to have high protein, veggie-filled entree items that I could easily heat for my lunches. But I didn't want to spend 50 cents apiece. So, I thought I could make something that would provide the protein and veggies that I wanted, but at a fraction of the cost. I've made a variety of bean-based patties and balls over the years. However, this time I was interested in adding vegetables. I was pleased with how these patties turned out. The above recipe made 15 patties. I wrapped and froze what we didn't eat at dinner the other night, leaving me with a half-dozen heat-and-eat veggie burgers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of veggie burgers, HOWEVER, I must admit they look really (REALLY!) good.

Shelby

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of veggie burgers and have no doubt at all that these taste grrrrrreat....! More and more info is coming out all the time about the vital importance of veggies in the diet for our immune systems, microbiome and overall health. Good job of finding more ways to incorporate delicious veggies...!

CTMOM said...

These look great, thanks for including your recipe review and comments. Hope you don't mind, but I did a recipe share on my closed group. Definitely planning on trying these soon

Lili said...

Thank you, Shelby. I think that, like everything else, some things really appeal to us and others really do not. Thank you for saying they looked good!

Lili said...

Anonymous said...
I'm a huge fan of veggie burgers and have no doubt at all that these taste grrrrrreat....! More and more info is coming out all the time about the vital importance of veggies in the diet for our immune systems, microbiome and overall health. Good job of finding more ways to incorporate delicious veggies...!


Excellent input! My immune system could use a boost. I am really working on including more vegetables in my diet and hoping to see and feel benefits.
Thanks for your input.

Lili said...

CTMOM said...
These look great, thanks for including your recipe review and comments. Hope you don't mind, but I did a recipe share on my closed group. Definitely planning on trying these soon


Hi Carol,
Yes, I saw that in my FB feed. Thank you for sharing. It's why I post in the first place. I love these and plan on incorporating more vegetables with my next batch. A tasty way to eat my veggies!
I hope you enjoy these.

Bonnie said...

Yummy looking and very frugal. I would add some finely chopped green pepper from my garden.

Anonymous said...

How do you shred your greens?

Lili said...

Bonnie said...
Yummy looking and very frugal. I would add some finely chopped green pepper from my garden.


Oh, that would be tasty, Bonnie! I'll keep green pepper in mind for a future batch. Thank you!

Lili said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
How do you shred your greens?


Hi, I used my food processor to shred the carrots with a grating disk, then used the bowl with the chopping blade to "shred" the greens. Otherwise, I would have just chopped/minced the green fine with a knife. That would work just as well, I think. I happened to be shredding a lot of carrots because I was intending to make a carrot salad the next night, so I figured I might as well use the food processor for all of the veggies.

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