They May Say I’m a Dreamer

Homemade black bean burger on homemade bread, plus onion, avocado, pickles, and cheese. Chances of being able to keep this thing in one piece while eating? Nil.

Veggie Turkey Burgers

Last night we had “turkey” burgers for dinner. I just kind of threw things together and hoped for the best and damn! they were awesome. The problem with a lot of veggie burgers (with mock meat or otherwise) is that they tend to fall apart. Precooking them in the oven helps out with this issue, but you need to be careful not to dry them out completely.

Out of the oven and into the frying pan!

Faux “Turkey” Burgers


1 package of Yves Meatless Ground Turkey (or other veggie crumble-type product)
6oz beer
1/2 cup bread crumbs (preferably homemade)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
fresh ground pepper
2 tsp. salt (less or more to your liking)
squirt of ketchup

To Do:

Preheat oven to 325F. Mix together all ingredients with your hands in a bowl. If the mixture is too dry, add more beer or ketchup (usually, I would use an egg to bind everything, but with the 30 a Week Project going, I only have 3 eggs to last me the week). Form into 4 patties.

Place patties on parchment paper or silpat and then on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes to firm them up. Spray a cast iron skillet with olive oil spray (or just a few teaspoons of olive oil) and heat until a drop of water sizzles on the skillet (alternatively, use any frying pan you’ve got). Put patties on the skillet and lower heat to medium. Cook on each side for about 7 minutes or so.

Top with cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, whatever you want!

Serves four.