I made blackeyed peas as a side dish last night, and had plenty left over, so I wanted to conduct another cooking experiment. Admittedly, many homemade veggie burgers often end up too mushy and fall apart, or they’re entirely flavorless. Or possibly both. My other problem with vegetarian cooking is that vegetarians and vegans often resort to unhealthy, processed fake meat products that are hardly much healthier than their meat equivalents (I’ll save my rant against seitan for another day). Aside from Morningstar Farms (or other similar products) being quite expensive and contributing to the myth that “healthy eating is beyond my budget,” they are not made from whole ingredients.
This affordable recipe actually forms decent patties that crisp up well, and are quite flavorful. They are also made from scratch from just a handful of whole ingredients you can actually pronounce. Mushrooms are loaded with B and D vitamins (naturally occurring, unlike dairy), and also come packed with antioxidants. Blackeyed peas are loaded with fiber, potassium, iron, and protein. So give them a try!