my favorite are black bean patties! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1.If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
2.In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
3.In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
4.In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
5.Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
6.If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
When I first became a vegetarian the fake meats were awful. It was better to just go without than to eat the "meat analogs" as they were called back then. Fake meat has improved by leaps and bounds since then; some so close that I'd think I was eating meat if I didn't know for a fact that I wasn't.
Back in the dark days of fake meats I found this recipe that is pretty good. They don't taste like meat but they make a tasty burger.
1 c Cooked drained barley
1 c Cooked drained partly mashed chickpeas
1/2 c 1-minute raw oatmeal
1 sm. onion finely chopped
1 (or more) cloves of finely minced garlic
2 tbl Soy sauce
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
any other spices you are in the mood for
Mix up, shape into patties and fry in a little butter or olive oil.
Substitutions are fine. If you don't have chickpeas on hand navy beans work fine and rice can sub for the barley.
an onion OR two fresh spring onions
Grab half a pound of red lentils and soak them in salty water over night. Cast them in a sieve. Then crush them or put them in a mixer for a couple of seconds, until they have the consistency of ground meat.
Cut the onion to small cubes and add them. Add salt and pepper, as much as you like. Then add the egg and stir.
After that, knead and add oat flakes while kneading (that makes the stuff less sticky) until you can form lumps with your hands. Fill a dish with flour and dip the burgers in flour before you fry them in the pan (that will make a crispy, brown surface).