I love veggie burgers. I simply can’t get enough of them. I eat a veggie burger in one form or another at least three times per week. If it’s in the shape of a patty and it’s wedged between two buns, pass it my way because it’s going in my belly. Because you and I are friends, I want to share something special with you. It’s my favorite veggie burger of all time.
I give you…Baked Eggplant Burgers! These burgers are savory, filling and addictive. They’re packed full of protein and vitamins. Above all else, they are delicious! I love to top them with tahini sauce and they are also fantastic when topped with hummus and dill pickles.
Makes 4 big burgers
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more to brush on eggplant before roasting
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 14 ounce can cannellini beans
- 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/2 an eggplant (should equal about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 cup classic hummus (or your favorite flavor hummus)
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- tomato, sliced for topping (optional)
- lettuce, for topping (optional)
- To make the burgers, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roast the eggplant by cutting it into 1/4″ slices and brushing each side with olive oil.
- Bake for 10 minutes on one side, then flip the slices and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Once the eggplant is done and you remove it from the oven, turn the oven down to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While the eggplant is roasting, place the diced red onion and 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions soften.
- Place the eggplant, onion, beans, bell pepper, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, sea salt and cumin into a large bowl.
- Add the hummus and stir.
- Place the mixture into a food processor and blend everything together. It should only take about 15 seconds.
- Pour the mixture back into a bowl, stir in the breadcrumbs, and use your hands to make four large patties.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray the foil with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the patties on the foil and bake for 45 minutes, turning once halfway through.
- Remove the burgers from the oven, add your preferred toppings and enjoy!