Friday, July 22, 2011

Awesome Recipe for Veggie Burgers & Meatballs

I'm not a big fan of store-bought veggie burgers and meat substitutes. I've been experimenting with homemade recipes for years. I finally found one that I really, really like. So I'm going to share it with you all now.

It doesn't have anything weird in it...just beans, grains, and other yummy ingredients. I've used this recipe to make hamburger patties and meatballs. The meatballs are great with spaghetti sauce or Swedish style (shown below). My kids like them with no sauce. They call them "yummy balls".

It's my new favorite recipe. I found it on the Bob's Red Mill Facebook page (a good site to "like").

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

  • 1 3/4 cups Cannellini Beans (cooked or from can)
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked Hulled Millet
  • 3/4 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs (or gluten free Bread Crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs (or gluten free Bread Crumbs)

Preheat oven to 350°F. In blender or food processor, puree cannellini beans, onion, garlic, basil, and water. Combine with cooked millet (see note), bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and salt. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes.

Lightly spray cookie sheet. Shape mixture into 1” balls and roll in bread crumbs. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve with marinara if desired. Makes approximately 30 “meat” balls.

NOTE: To cook millet, bring 2 cups water to boil. Add 1/2 cup Hulled Millet and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.
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  1. These look great. We'll have to try them. We will occasionally eat meatballs, but I do prefer to have a meatless alternative. And like you, I do not like the meatless alternatives from the store with all the additives and soy filler. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Thanks - I just went back to being vegetarian and I am always on the look out for new recipes for healthy, balanced meals!