I have had a summer love affair with veggie burgers and sweet potato fries.  It might have started at our Disney trip since I ate this combo an awful lot while we were there.  But whatever the reason, this has been my number one choice for eats.  I usually keep my freezer stocked with veggie burgers for a quick lunch or dinner.

The other day, after picking up some fresh zucchini and pondering my options for what to do with it, I somehow came to the decision that they would go really well with the classic jalapeno and cheddar combo.  Add this to my veggie burger obsession and you know it’s love!!  I mean, how can you resist this combo, right!?

After sharing my desire to make jalapeno cheddar veggie burgers with hubby, and how I planned to execute said desire, he said he had some ideas and asked if he could take the reins.  I was thrilled; because the truth is that it is extremely rare that he makes anything that isn’t amazing.  Pretty much any time he cooks the meal ends with me saying, “This is the best thing I have ever tasted!!!” Seriously.   So what I am getting at here is that these are really good, and I can say so because I pretty much just got to snap photos and then stuff my face while giggling with glee.

Health highlight of white beans: There are lots of kinds of white beans, often when I say white beans I am referring to cannellini beans.  Which are also called white kidney beans (a fact that I found interesting and wanted to share).  All beans are an excellent source of fiber, which slows the digestion, helps to regulate blood sugar, and can help lower cholesterol (specifically LDL which is the “bad” one).  You know how the song goes, and it’s true that beans are good for your heart!! I’ve even heard some nutrition experts say to eat as many beans as you want because they say “you’ll get full before you get fat on beans!”  These beans are also a great source of protein, iron, and manganese.  Manganese is important because it plays a significant role in energy creation and antioxidant activity.

 

Ingredients:

2 cans White Beans (drained and rinsed)
½ Zucchini (shredded)
1 Shallot (minced)
1 rib Celery (shredded)
½ cup sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded then measured)
1 tablespoon Flax (mix with 3 tablespoons water and let sit until it gels)
2 Jalapenos
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Green Tabasco
½ cup rolled Oats
1 cup fresh Breadcrumbs (I used ezekel bread)
2 tablespoons Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

Instructions:

  • Add the beans to a large bowl
  • Mash the beans
  • Add the zucchini, shallot, celery, cheddar cheese, flax, jalapenos, soy sauce, green Tabasco, and breadcrumbs to the mashed beans
  • Stir well to combine
  • Form the mixture into 6 burgers
  • Fry the burgers in the canola oil until deeply golden
  • Serve!! (I served them with these chips)
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