The Eggplant Burger

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Makes 4 big burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 can (14 oz) cannellini beans
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup eggplant
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsely
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup classic hummus
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • tomato, sliced for topping (optional)
  • lettuce, for topping (optional)

Directions

To make the burgers, preheat your oven to 450°F. Roast the eggplant by cutting it into 1/4" slices and brushing each side with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes on one side, then flip the slices and bake for another 5 minutes.

While the eggplant is roasting, place the diced red onion and 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions soften.

Once the eggplant is done and you remove it from the oven, turn the oven down to 400°F. Place the eggplant, onion, beans, bell pepper, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, sea salt and cumin into a large bowl. Add the hummus and stir. Place the mixture into a food processor and blend everything together. It should only take about 15 seconds.

Pour the mixture back into a bowl, stir in the breadcrumbs, and use your hands to make four large patties. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray the foil with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Place the patties on the foil and bake for 45 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Remove the burgers from the oven, add your preferred toppings and enjoy!