Labor Day Vegan BBQ Ideas

Stressing over what to eat/make with all those meat-eaters around? Stress no more. If you have my book, “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day,” you’ll find 3 burger recipes. They’ll all do fine on the grill. Nothing wrong with putting lots of sweet, chunky veggies on a skewer. Use a stainless basket or veggie grill to place over the BBQ grill. Be sure to spray it with non-stick spray so the veggies won’t stick.

Nothing like sweet onions, corn, tomatoes and sweet peppers oozing their juices!  If you need more ideas, don’t forget to check out the awesome resource: “Grills Gone Vegan

Here’s my fav burger…full of protein, flavor, crunch, and even garlic to keep mosquitoes away!

BILLFOLD-SAVER black bean burgers–From “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day” (Signed Copies Here)

These veggie-filled burgers are great to have on hand so you can easily make a quick, nutritious meal. They can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen either before or after they are cooked.

2 slices whole wheat bread

1 3/4 cups cooked or canned black beans, drained

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup finely chopped white button mushrooms

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons salsa

2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes

2 garlic clovers, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Toast the bread lightly and tear it into medium-sized pieces. Put the pieces in a food processor and process into fine crumbs. Mash the beans in a large bowl with a fork or potato masher, leaving some chunks. Add the breadcrumbs, oats, carrot, mushrooms, onion, salsa, nutritional yeast flakes, garlic, cumin, and cayenne and mix with your hands or a fork until well combined. Add more salsa until the desired consistency is achieved.

Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and form into thin patties. (Small patties are less likely to break apart.) Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Put 4 of the patties in the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on one side. Flip and continue cooking for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on the other side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining teaspoon of oil and the 4 remaining patties.