Veggie Burgers with Cilantro Mayonnaise

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    Veggie Burgers with Cilantro Mayonnaise

    Yield: 6 servings

    Prep Time:40 min

    Cook Time:15 min


    3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
    3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1 teaspoon light soy sauce
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    1 clove garlic, minced

    2 1/2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
    4 large eggs
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1 small onion, chopped
    zest of one lemon
    3/4 cup frozen peas
    1 cup toasted whole-grain bread crumbs
    cooking spray or olive oil
    burger buns
    desired toppings (sprouts, grilled vegetables, tomato, etc.)


    1. Prepare mayonnaise: Combine all mayonnaise ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Scrape into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

    2. Prepare burgers: In a food processor, combine garbanzo beans, eggs and salt. Puree until thick (the consistency of thick & chunky hummus is what you're looking for).

    3. Scrape into a medium bowl and mix in cilantro, onion, lemon zest and peas. Add breadcrumbs and then let sit for a few minutes so the mixture has a chance to moisten the breadcrumbs. The resulting mixture should be one that is moist enough to form into patties. If it's too dry, simply add a couple of Tablespoons of water or egg, and if it's too wet just add a few more breadcrumbs.

    4. Divide mixture into 6 parts and form into six burgers. You can prepare the burgers ahead of time to this point (place on a rimmed baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate until ready to cook).

    5. Spray cooking spray (or add olive oil) in large skillet and heat to medium. Add 3 patties, cover and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Flip patties and cook for another 7 minutes on the other side. Top with cheese at the end of cooking, if you wish! Repeat with remaining three patties.

    6. Toast buns and add favorite toppings.


    *Buy whole-grain buns for the burgers and just use a couple of them to grind in the food processor for the crumbs that you'll need. Then spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven until browned.

    Source: (Adapted from 101 Cookbooks & South Beach Diet)

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  • Wendy wrote:

    Delicious! Don’t let the word “food processor” scare you – these were quick ‘n easy to make. Since I was only cooking for 2 we got dinner and two lunches out of this recipe. (and I made the burgers big!) I didn’t have fresh cilantro, only dried, so adapted accordingly – and they were good – I bet they’re *amazing* with fresh!

  • Paula wrote:

    Great Veggy recipe!! Even my husband, who is more a meat eater, liked them. I used a blender and it worked great. Also, I substituted chopped sweet potato for the peas (not being a big fan of peas). I will definitely be making this again.

  • Jojo wrote:

    Great recipe! I bookmarked this page and will be trying it very soon!