Roasted Eggplant Burgers

When we were in Florida on vacation, (don’t give me that look) the ladies of the group decided to part with the surfing men for an afternoon and have a nice lunch together. Of course it was picturesque, outdoors, next to water and next to sand. We’d found our place.

Scanning the menu, I decided to take a break from fish and go for a simple veggie burger. Simple it was not. It featured roasted eggplant, which I actually haven’t found very often in veggie burgers.

I seriously fell into the inner coastal waters it was that good. Okay so I didn’t fall into the water, but that would have been awesome. Actually, it wouldn’t have.

ANYWAY, delicious burger. Perfect ladies lunch. Happy soul.

*make these soon*

Roasted Eggplant Burgers:

What it took for 4 burgers:

* 1 medium eggplant
* 1/2 cup rolled oats, toasted
* 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
* 1 cup fresh corn
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
* salt and pepper
* 1 cup panko or whole wheat breadcrumbs
* 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
* 4 whole wheat buns

To make the patties, start with the eggplant. Slice them into 1/2-inch slices and sprinkle a generous amount of salt over each slice. Let sit for about 30 minutes. This will draw out the moisture of the eggplant, making for less soggy burgers.

In a small skillet, saute the corn with the garlic in a Tbs. of extra virgin olive oil for about 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375. Roast the eggplant for about 30 minutes, until they start to brown. Remove from heat and cut into chunks. Let cool a little, then toss them into a food processor. Add the oats, walnuts, corn, egg and parsley. Season with a smidge of salt and pepper, then pulse a few times to incorporate everything.

Pour the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. With your hands, create little patties with the eggplant mixture, then pat them into the breadcrumbs.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet, and cook each patty until nice and browned, about 7 minutes total.

Serve with your favorite fixins and enjoy the summer evening!

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6 Responses to Roasted Eggplant Burgers

  1. Sally June 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm #
    Too good! Can't wait to tackle this one soon!
  2. Bev Weidner June 8, 2011 at 2:22 am #
    They're SO good. Just don't forget the egg. I did. Wa-oops.
  3. Alison June 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm #
    These were so good (I melted some mozzarella over mine--yum!). Even my sister who doesn't like eggplant liked them!
    • Bev Weidner June 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm #
      Alison, SO glad you loved them! And melted mozzarella, yes and yes. Thanks for the comment!
  4. Madison August 17, 2017 at 2:24 pm #
    Excited to try them! Have you ever tried freezing them?


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