garden veggie burgers

So today I was trying to come up with dinner ideas using limited supplies. I hadn’t been shopping in a while, definitely didn’t have the time or motivation to make a trip out, and there weren’t really any protein options lying around that my kids would be too keen on eating. Lately I’ve been trying to save money on my food budget, which means being creative with legumes as a source of protein. But let’s face it, there’s only so much tempeh, black beans and kidney beans a person wants to eat, even if they’re made with good seasonings and veggies. I happened to have some extra dried soybeans lying around, which I was thinking would probably never get used. (A few months ago I got really brave and attempted to make soy milk from scratch. It came out ok, but not something I’m really motivated to keep making, especially as I don’t want to consume tons of soy.) But tonight, I came up with an excellent plan for the rejected soybeans.

I know, I know, soy gets a bad rap. But pre-soaked, drained, boiled, and eaten occasionally like any other bean isn’t something I’m worried about. And soybeans are super cheap, even the organic ones… so… here’s a really yummy recipe for you to try on a limited budget.

What you will need:

1 cup dried soybeans, soaked, drained, and boiled
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 green onions, (1 regular onion can be substituted) chopped
4 garlic scapes (or 4 cloves of garlic)
3/4 cup bead crumbs (I made mine from leftover whole-grain challah)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp thyme
1 Tbsp organic sugar (optional)
olive oil for frying

In a food processor combine all the veggies, onions and garlic and finely chop them up (feel free to substitute whatever veggies you have on hand). Pour them into a mixing bowl. Next add the soybeans to your food processor (they will be more than 1 cup after cooking as they expand to at least 2x their original size) and blend them until smooth. Add them into the mixing bowl with the veggies. Next pour in the bread crumbs and seasonings, mixing well. Shape into patties and fry in olive oil on medium heat until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Serve hot and enjoy! This recipe makes about 16 burgers.

I’m looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch!


About earthwisemedicinals

Chana Laila has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 when she enrolled as an apprentice at Blazing Star Herbal School. Throughout her time studying herbal medicine, Chana Laila has become the mother of three children, and has focused on learning how to care for her family using herbal remedies and products. This work has inspired her to create Earthwise Medicinals, a line of ethically and sustainably harvested herbal products for women's and children's health. In 2004 Chana Laila completed a doula training program and currently works with women to offer professional labor support services. Chana Laila teaches classes on herbal medicine for women's health, as well as classes on how to make herbal preparations at home, and is currently enrolled in a correspondence certification program on herbal medicine for women's health taught by Aviva Jill Romm. Chana Laila is also a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her music can be found at and
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