There is nothing better and healthier than home cooking! Ever since I started approaching home cooking as a ‘foodie’ experience instead of as a chore, it became as enjoyable as eating. Playing with ingredients and textures was surprisingly satisfying to my creative side. This veggie burger with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and lemony avocado, is easy to make and delicious. Even carnivores like my men love it. Instead of a beef patty, I use a mix of ‘beef-less ground beef’ and cooked lentil, sautéed in olive oil with garlic and jalapeño for a little kick. Avid carnivores can substitute beef-less beef with, well, beef. (Scroll down for the recipe!)
I usually buy ready to use ‘beefless beef’ and cooked lentils from Trader Joes, but the portions are bigger than I need. So I make the patty mix (see below) and divide it between a few ziplock packages, and freeze them. Ready-to-use patties save me lots of precious time in the future! (enjoying cooking doesn’t mean I have much time for it!)
Anyhow, between the ground mix, avocado and salsa, this burger can get a little messy, so keep your plate and napkin close. Oh yeah, and don’t eat it in front of anyone who you want to impress with your impeccable manners hehe.
♡ Zuma A.
A Very Messy Veggie Burger
Ingredients (for 2):
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 garlic cloves, diced
1/4 small jalapeño, diced
1 cup Beef-Less ground beef
1 cup Cooked Lentils (similar at Trader Joes here)
Ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (whatever kind you can find in your fridge)
1/4 cup sliced onion
1/4 sliced bell pepper
1/2 cup your favorite salsa
2 slices mozzarella cheese
1 avocado sliced
- In a large skillet, over medium flame, heat EVOO, add garlic and jalapeño, sauté for a minute. Add beef-less ground beef, lentils, and pepper. Set aside.
- In a smaller skillet, over a medium flame, heat EVOO, add onion, mushroom, and bell pepper. Stir until caramelized. Set aside.
- To assemble the burger, stack the caramelized veggies, beaf-less mix (you can shape it into a patty or just stack onto it using a spoon), salsa, mozzarella cheese, and avocado slices splashed with some lemon juice on ciabatta bread.