Whole Grain Weekends – Oat Chili Burgers

Welcome back to Whole Grain Weekends, a space to share and explore cooking with whole grains!  Whole Grain Weekends will be happening in this space the first and third weekends of the month.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this space and how to make it more inclusive and fun, and here’s my idea.  Most of us (myself included!) don’t have an original recipe to post all the time.  But many of us are cooking with whole grains in our kitchens regularly.  So, please do join in by commenting about a favorite new recipe you’ve found, a good cookbook resource, or leave a link to a photo you’ve posted of something delicious you made with whole grains.

This week’s recipe comes from dear friend and PVHG board member Alicyn Mindel.  Thank you Ali, I can’t wait to try these!


Local Chili Burgers!

Adapted from a Moosewood Restaurant recipe

We make these yummy vegetarian patties when we want to take a break from meat for dinner. They are so simple to make and can often be whipped up with ingredients you already have on hand. Our favorite way to serve these is alongside veggies, sauerkraut and a huge salad. The ‘burgers’ are delicious topped with homemade mayo, ketchup or whole grain mustard. The crunch and tang of the Valley’s own Real Pickles sauerkraut is irresistible and a great contrast to the softer texture of the Chili Burger.

We had been making this meal for some time with regular rolled oats before we were blessed with the delicious whole oats from the Pioneer Valley Heritage Grains CSA. They are nuttier, heartier, fresher and simply far more pleasurable in any recipe calling for oats. Stop in to Wheatberry and roll them flat in the oat press before you make this dish. Also noteworthy are the valley’s own winter carrots fresh from the farmer’s market. These gems are sweeter and juicier than any store bought carrot could ever hope to be! You can substitute the kidney beans with any of the CSA beans if you wish.

In the pan

Chili Burgers

1 small onion, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 T olive oil

1 cup grated carrots

1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3 cups cooked kidney beans

2 T mustard

2 T soy sauce

1 T tomato paste

1 ½ cups rolled oats

Saute onions and garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Add carrots, chili powder, and cumin and cook on low for 5 minutes. Set aside.

Mash beans in a large bowl with a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon until pretty pasty. Add the mustard, soy sauce, tomato paste, and the sautéed veggies. Mix in the oats. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Form into 3 inch patties and cook in a generously oiled pan over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes on each side (until golden).

Serve alongside sauerkraut, veggies and salad. Add avocado for decadence!

burgersWith kraut

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    Mmm, these look so yummy! I make one with black beans and brown rice with the grated carrot and beets but I’m going to have to soak some kidney beans and give this a try :) You had asked me to re-link by whole wheat strawberry scone recipe and I hope it is alright to link it into this whole grain weekend post. http://rosinahuber.blogspot.com/2010/02/recipe-raspberry-strawberry-scones.html

    Happy weekend!

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    Just stopping by from your Rhythm of the Home piece. Thanks for giving me something to think about. We make our own bread, knit, hang laundry in the summer, but we do still use a dishwasher and washing machine. While I will likely never give up the washing machine (although I can see the merit of it), I lived without a dishwasher for years and can envision giving one up now. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Oh, these sound wonderful. What a great recipe.
    Thank you.

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    delicious!! funny i have had a similar theme on my blog “wholegrain sundays” for quite some time now. thanks for the recipe! will look up some others too. xom .

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    Yum! Thanks for this.
    I just read your ROTH article and absolutely loved it. Well written, Adrie!
    I hope you are finding a little bit of solace in each day.

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