These smoky red pepper veggie burgers are packed with protein, vegan, and insanely flavorful!
One of the main questions I’m asked, besides where I get my protein, is if I eat faux meats. My immediate and uncontrolled reaction is usually squinty eyes, scrunched nose, and angry-cat-frown all at the same time. I silently begin to resent the person who asked me that question and the first thing that enters my mind is, “no, you idiot!” This question always gets me because why in the world would I eat something that resembles meat when I don’t eat meat or dairy?
I can’t blame them. There is a decent knowledge gap between the meat eating and non-meat eating community and there are a lot of junk food vegans who consume faux meats that resemble and taste like the real thing. My favorite, by far, is when I’m told, “you’re missing out I mean bacon is SO good.” [insert extreme eye roll] It’s as if when you become a vegan your slate is wiped clean of all your previous food knowledge. What IS this magical bacon which you speak of and do tell more?! Please, I’ve been there and done that and I’m not interested. In my opinion, the general public uses meat as a crutch. Slather bacon fat on almost anything and it’s bound to get attention. Make a delicious veggie burger with no meat and insane amounts of flavor? A little attention.
Forget allthemeat, I am interested in is this veggie smoky red pepper veggie burger. The closest thing that comes to me eating meat is a veggie burger. In my opinion, veggie burgers are packed with not only more nutrition but more flavor and texture than a meat burger. These veggie burgers in particular highlight the following:
- Smoky paprika
- Roasted red bell pepper
- Earthy cumin
- Savory fennel seeds
- Spicy jalapeno
The chopped garbanzo beans add texture while the garbanzo bean flour binds the burger together. By now you should know that I am a HUGE fan of garbanzo bean flour. It is one of my most prized ingredients and always a pantry staple in my house. Apparently you love garbanzo bean flour as much as I do because my top two posts of all time on this blog are these pancakes and these veggie burgers, both of which use garbanzo bean flour as their base.
If you’re wondering where I found that perfect, soft, glistening bun in the photo, wonder no more. Those are the dairy free brioche buns that I posted last week and they are perfect. As always, the buns are optional. I enjoyed these burgers crumbled over salad, eaten by themselves with just the aioli…Wait. How have I not told you about the smoked paprika aioli yet? So simple and so insanely flavorful. Veganaise, smoked paprika, garlic, citrus, salt/pepper, and that’s it. Whips together in no time and compliments the roasted and smoky flavors of the burger that much more.
Feel free to add any condiments you have on hand and pile your veggie burger high with any vegetables you like. My go-to for lettuce is arugula (well typically it is kale but kale is not the best option here) because I love the peppery bite it adds. Tomato and purple onion are simple add-ons but plain is just fine.
Also, one serving is two burgers which is only 126 calories with 4 grams of fat. There is 11 grams of protein which is not too shabby for a veggie burger!
I hope you enjoy these veggie burgers as much as Micah and I have. They were gone in about 4 days in this house which is impressive considering one batch is about 14 burgers.
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!
For more recipes using Garbanzo Bean Flour, check out these posts!