Basil, Garlic, + Tomato Veggie Burgers

Remember how I was just gushing about my love for cycling?

Well, yesterday I fell off my bike.  And when you fall off a bike with clipless pedals the bike goes right along with you.  Meaning, it falls on top of you.  Before I could unlatch my foot from the pedal I somehow rode off the sidewalk, got caught at the edge, and then fell flat over on the sidewalk.  Good thing I was at almost a complete stop and good thing for that helmet.  If you have ever worn clipless pedals before you most likely have had a similar experience.  

This doesn't dampen my love for cycling, I just found the timing to be funny.

Of course there was a witness to the scene about 10 steps in front of me.  To see someone on their bike almost at a complete stop fall flat over must have been quite the site.  Embarasssing.  


My leg + arm are a little scuffed but nothing too bad at all.  These things are bound to happen I suppose!


Now let's talk about these burgers.

And this cheese.  


There is a time and place for cheese and this is definitely it.


Gooey, melty, stretchy cheese.


I'm kind of on a temporary hiatus from my go-to Mexican style flavors.  They're just not doing it for me at the moment.  Veggie burgers are so great to have on hand for dinners and lunches but can get a little boring if you don't change up the flavors every now + again.

This mix of flavors is exactly what I was looking for.


There's the fresh, summery scent from the basil and a kick of robustness from the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.

Topped with a thick slice of tomato and fresh mozzarella then sent off to your broiler to get all hot + bubbly. 

Served up open-faced style.


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Basil, Garlic, + Tomato Veggie Burgers

gluten-free, vegan [w/o cheese topping] // yields 6-8, 3-inch patties

  • 2 cups chopped lacinato/dino kale, stems removed + lightly packed
  • 1 3/4 cup chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 5 tablespoons coarsely chopped basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3-2/3 cup partially ground gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4+ teaspoon salt/pepper
  • oil or ghee for cooking
  • toppings: sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, 1/2 bun
  1. Place kale, chickpeas, onion, basil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes in your large food processor and pulse until all ingredients are well-chopped and uniform in size.  Do not puree.  You want the mixture a bit chunky with the chickpeas broken down.
  2. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and pulse to combine.  
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add 1/3 cup partially ground oats [ground about 1/2-way to flour], sunflower seeds, and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper.
  4. Stir to combine.  The mixture should easily form patties and not feel wet/mushy or dry/stiff, you want it right in between.  *If the mixture feels dry, add 1/2-1 tablespoon more olive oil and stir to combine.  If the mixture is too wet add 1 tablespoon more of the ground oats at a time until patties form.  The amount of oil needed will vary depending on how oily your sun-dried tomatoes + how wet your onioins are.  I ended up needing 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 cup of oats.  
  5. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add enough oil or ghee to lightly coat the pan.
  6. Form a few patties while it's heating about 3-inches wide and 1/2-inch thick.
  7. Once hot add a few patties to the pan [do not overcrowd] and cook for about 5 minutes until golden brown, then carefully flip and cook another 4-5 minutes.
  8. Place patties on a wire rack and continue to cook the rest of the patties.
  9. Preheat your oven to broil on high.
  10. Place burgers on a baking sheet and top with a slice of tomato [lightly patted with a towel] and fresh mozzarella.
  11. Place until the broiler until bubbling + golden brown.  Broil time will vary depending on your oven.
  12. Top with black pepper + basil and serve over a toasted bun.

And just wait until you see what I do with veggie burgers next week.  They're going to end up on a Friday post if that gives you any clues.

In the meantime, enjoy these summery-style burgs!


pssst...check out this mountaintop wedding I shot in May over on my photography site!


Also!  If you live in the Denver/Ft. Collins/Boulder area I'm running a summer photo special!  Contact me for more details!  The photo below is a shot from my sister-in-law's senior photo session last week.

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