National Vegetarian Week

It's the end of National Get Grilling Week and the beginning of National Vegetarian Week. I decided to ease myself into this week (well I had a very busy weekend, was on a printmaking course all day Saturday and Sunday and at a hen night on Saturday night), by trying out one of the recipes that came in the booklet with my George Foreman Grill. I have kind permission to publish the recipe.

I have changed the recipe a little. I used sweetcorn as suggested in the recipe, but I didn't take it off the cob myself, well come on, sometimes life is just too short. I also added 2 heaped teaspoons of cumin for a bit extra flavour and as the mixture seemed too wet I added the breadcrumbs from three whizzed up slices of wholegrain bread.

Santa Fe Veggie Burgers


1 cup steamed white rice cooked & cooled
½ cup of corn kernels
1 finely chopped green pepper
½ finely chopped white onion
2 heaped tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp black pepper coarsely ground
1 tsp lemon juice
breadcrumbs from 3 slices of wholegrain bread


4-6 wholegrain burger buns

toppings (mix and match)

salad leaves

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the rice, bread, corn, green pepper, onion, black pepper, lemon juice, cumin & chilli powder. Shape the vegetable-rice mixture into 4-6 patties and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place three of the patties at a time on a pre-heated grill for 6-7 minutes or until well browned. Place the patties in the hamburger buns & top with your choice of accompaniments. I lightly toasted the rolls before filling them.

The burgers were rather wet even with the breadcrumbs added, but they grilled well and were rather tasty. They did spread out a bit in my foreman grill. I was scared to lift the lid, but it worked out ok, even if they did look remarkably like Mickey Mouse.

If you are in the UK and would like the chance to win a George Foreman Family Grill, just enter my giveaway, there are several chances to win. You have until until Sunday 29 May 2011 to enter. Good luck!


  1. These sound great, Jacqueline! And I agree--one can't always cut corn off the cob oneself (what a great metaphor for life in general!). :)

  2. You've showed me what happens when you mix Sante Fe with Disney. I'm a fan.

  3. Oh if only I was still in the UK...

    The burgers look good! One of my childhood fantasies was to be a vegetarian, haha. Even though I hated veggies. But that was then. Now I like veggies. They're good for you. I guess... :P

  4. Those burgers look delish!


  5. very impressive you can put these straight on the grill - I always have to spray mine with oil

  6. Really like these and I think you were great person to demo that these grills are not just for meat eaters. Wish I'd said yes to one now!

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  8. Most recipes need tweaking I find. I always want more garlic, more chillies.. more more more.. spice. lol

    Shame on you for eating Mickey Mouse!

  9. EVERY week is National Vegetarian Week!

    Found you by accident (something about a comment from a cook that was meant to be from her partner, but I digress), but glad I did. These veggie burgers were fkkn fantastic, and suited my weekend eating needs perfectly.

    Thank you.

  10. I hadn't thought of it that way, but a great metaphor for life indeed Ricki :)

    It was purely accidental TB, but thank you :)

    Hi Sumaiyyah, I am glad that veggies have now won you over :)

    Thanks Maria :)

    I haven't bothered Johanna. I did oil it the first time, but never since. Seems to work fine without oil.

    You could always enter my giveaway Sarah, if you haven't already that is. Excuse me, I haven't been around the last few days, so I am out of the loop.

    He was tasty LF, hehe and me a vegetarian too!

    Hi Wizard, nice to meet you :)

  11. That-s almost as good as the real thing.

    C. Teroll

  12. Great looking veggie burgers! We only eat veggie ones here, so will have to try the recipe.

  13. I wouldn't be able to compare Clenbuterol :)

    Thanks Nic :)

  14. Sounds quite tasty - and looks wonderful on that grill!

    May I suggest that you add several more varieties of pepper? I'd finely dice a red bell pepper and add in some smoked paprika (it's not hot, just flavorful). Tasty!

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  16. I love these - they are my "go-to" burger recipe and I make them regularly. Many thanks for sharing.


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