leftover grain veggie burgers

Right about now, I’m probably cruising down one of the picturesque side highways in New Brunswick or I’ve set up camp around the Bay of Fundy and dipping my toes into its muddy banks. Or maybe I’m sucking face with a lobster in Maine. Who knows, but whatever it is that I’m doing, I’m sure that I’ve got a huge grin on my face. I’m sure my face had a similarly stupid grin when I ate this sandwich. This is one of those stupid simple recipes. Correct that, it’s not even a recipe. Rather it’s a list of ingredients that is more of an idea than a step-by-step process. I think a lot of people use recipes as a guideline rather than following things to a tee…it’s what I’ve been doing since I was a kid. If you like to follow things to the letter of the law, then shake things up! Play with your food!

So often I have leftovers in the fridge….small amounts of grains, leftover veg and bits and bobs hiding in corners. I hate wasting food, so I try to use up as much as I can without anything going into the trash. This veggie burger was a result of thinking I had nothing in the fridge for our meal. So wrong! When I looked closer at our fridge fixin’s, I found that I could try making some veggie burgers. Into a bowl went the Trader Joe’s mixed grains that I had cooked up for a soup the day before. I also threw in some leftover chopped vegetables and a few squares of forlorn tofu. Heck, I didn’t even have buns, so I just used whole wheat toast but upped the ante with a slice or two of brie. What started out as nothing, turned into something pretty dang tasty.

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18 comments to “leftover grain veggie burgers”

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    emvandee   August 17, 2009 at 10:14 am

    These look delicious, and I love that it's a meal of odds and ends – those often turn out to be the most creative AND delicious! I like to use leftover hot cereal, like Red River or Sunny Boy, and then grate up everything in the fridge to make patties. It's a satisfying thing to know you've not wasted a shred of leftovers!

    Happy travels – cheers!

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    The Apple Hill Adventurer   August 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    been meaning to try out making my own veg burgers. probably 100x cheaper than buying them! and some of the store ones are SO BAD, at least when you make them at home, you can stick whatever your want into them!

    these look yummy :p

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    Kali   August 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Yum. Homemade veggie burgers. They're so easy to do I often wonder why folks settle for the pre-made hockey pucks.

    These just made my to-make list. :)

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    Amy   August 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Just found your great blog. Timely, I might add…I recently had a really good veggie burger at, of all places, the hospital. I certainly don't want to go back there, but I am craving the veggie burger. Will have to try these. Oh, and the easiest cake ever – that looks delish.

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    kickpleat   August 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks Emvandee, I think so too.

    Kali, I hope you enjoy. Homemade is always better than frozen.

    Apple Hill, yes, definitely!

    Thanks for stopping by Amy!

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    eatme_delicious   August 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Mmm great way to use up leftovers! Love the brie on top.

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    liz r.   August 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Sounds delicious, and I've been looking for a veggie burger recipe. There's a nut allergy in my family, though, so I'd want to avoid the almond meal. Do you think breadcrumbs would work?

    Hope you're having a lovely vacation!

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    The Leftoverist   August 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    This is how practically all of my meals evolve. I'm sure we'd have fun in the kitchen together :)

    Hope you are having a perfect vacation.

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    Dawn   August 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    man I love veggie burgers from scratch and then throw on the pickles!! yes!
    if you are in Maine good luck with all this heat.

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    Bijoux   August 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Looks delicious!! I want one of those right now. The wonders that can be created from bits & bobs found in your refrigerator :)

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    Conversation Pieces   August 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Oh yum! That looks delicious!! Will be passing this recipe onto our resident chef (otherwise known as my boyfriend!)

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    kirsty_girl   August 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    This looks great. Can't wait until I have leftover grains in the fridge.

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    Shannalee   August 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I still can't believe we were in Maine at the same time. We'll have to swap stories when you return – glad you avoided Hurricane Bill and all that, and glad you're having fun! :)

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    Madame Fromage   August 27, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Mmmm, so lovely. I like how that brie looks like a pair of crossed hands. Folded over. Satisfied.

    What a lovely blog. I feel inspired to root through the fridge door in search of a midnight snack of…I dunno…chutney and black walnuts on top of crackers?

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    kickpleat   August 31, 2009 at 10:20 am

    eatme, the brie was the icing on the cake, so to speak!

    liz, breadcrumbs would totally work! Try it out and tell me the results.

    Definitely, leftoverist! Thanks :)

    Dawn, I'm so with you on the extra pickles! Yes, the east coast was sweltering!!

    Haha, definitely, Bijoux!

    Coversation, nice to have a boyfriend who cooks!!

    kirsty, this is so flexible you could use pretty much any kind of leftover!

    I know, Shannalee! Too funny…what would have been better is if we had met up! Dang.

    Fromage, yes, love your cheese sentiment! Midnight rooting is heartily encouraged.

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    Anonymous   September 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    That's a great looking burger, it's very similar to some of the stuff we're making at my sandwich site. If you get a chance, I would love to hear what you think about our stuff, just leave a comment.

    Cheers
    - Anders

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    Nicomi "Nix" Turner   September 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Yuuuumm

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    allison [a for aubergine]   July 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I’m going to try this recipe real SOON! I love how easy it is. Thanks!

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