Engine 2 Diet NY Times Veggie Burger

Engine 2 Diet – NY Times Veggie Burgers with Onions & Mushrooms

Here is an excellent recipe from the Engine 2 Diet Cookbook:

We’ve added carmelized onions and mushrooms on top for a tasty variation.


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (or equivalent home-cooked)
  • 1 can tomatoes with zesty mild chilies drained (or use sliced jalapenos from a jar)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup parsley or cilantro
  • 2 cups quick rolled oats (regular will work too)
  • 8 whole grain buns
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • Fresh veggie toppings and healthy condiments


  • Preheat oven to 450º.
  • Process the first seven ingredients (not oats) using an immersion or a regular blender or food processor. Remove contents into a large bowl and stir in the oats. Form into patties, place on a sprayed baking sheet, and bake for 8 minutes.
  • While baking, saute the onions in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for 2-3 minutes adding hot water if they start sticking to the pan. Then add the mushrooms, cooking until they’ve released their juices and the water is absorbed.
  • Turn oven up to broil and cook the patties for 2 more minutes, until the tops are nicely browned.
  • Toast the buns and pile on the onions and mushrooms.


  • Sauté the burgers on medium heat in a sprayed nonstick skillet for 5 minutes on each side, until both sides are browned.

Enjoy with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli.