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The Great Veggie Burger Cook-Off

We tapped 100 restaurants for their best recipes. Here are the ones that smoked the competition.

The Great Veggie Burger Cook-Off
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Summer grilling is synonymous with burgers. But we all know we need to keep our meat consumption in check—for our health and the environment. Enter the veggie burger. Once relegated to the freezer section, these vegetablebased patties are now a mainstay on menus—and easy to make at home with ingredients from your local farmers market. To help you get your grill on, we asked our favorite restaurants from around the country to send us their best veggie burger recipes. Then we fired up the barbecue for our in-house taste test. The result? Standout patties that won’t have you wondering, “Where’s the beef?”

The vegetable burger at Jerry’s Sandwiches in Chicago is made with a cornucopia of vegetables, including eggplant, carrots, peas, red peppers, cauliflower and corn. It’s loaded with vitamins C, A, B and K, as well as boron,
fiber and potassium.

2 eggs
1∕4 cup all natural mayonnaise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
1∕4 teaspoon ground cumin
½ medium eggplant, peeled and sliced into
½ cup onion, finely diced
1½ cups panko breadcrumbs
½ cup carrots, finely diced
½ cup cauliflower, finely diced
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
½ cup roasted red peppers, finely diced
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and
¼ teaspoon minced ginger
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet or grill pan over mediumhigh
heat, and grill the sliced eggplant until
lightly browned and heated through, about 2
minutes per side. Remove the eggplant to cool,
and add the onion to the pan and sauté for 3
more minutes.
2. Dice the eggplant, then combine with the
onions, panko and remaining ingredients
through cilantro in a separate bowl. Add
the egg mixture, mix gently and shape into
approximately ½-inch-thick patties. Cook in
a skillet or grill pan and sear both sides until
golden brown. Serve on a bun with your favorite
toppings and condiments.
Serves 8. Per serving (½ cup per patty): 194 calories,
10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol,
6 g protein, 19.5 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber,
498 mg sodium