January 8, 2013

Leftover Chili: Burgers

You know, when you look in your fridge for ideas for dinner, see a glass tupperware full of leftover chili from 2 days ago, and throw it in a food processor in attempts to make veggie patties out of it. We all do it, right? Am I that much a crazy person? They were absolutely delicious! My husband's words: "I'm not eating those," my response, "they're just for me, you can have the other ones in the freezer" - *takes them off the fry pan and places a few patties on foil to cool off before transferring to freezer*, hubby: "are those the chili ones? I'll eat those..." Dinner: done.



Leftover Chili made into Burgers
this recipe is more silly than easy to follow, since all chilis are going to have a different consistency. our particular chili was fairly soup-like and less thick chili-like, so make this recipe with caution. that, or just have fun with it and eat it anyway, whether you find yourself with dry or fall-apart soft patties, it's nothing a good salsa -or ketchup and mustard- can't fix! the kitchen is made for experimenting in, no?


  • 3.5 cups leftover chili
  • 1.5 cups leftover, cooked black rice
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp each: garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until well combined. Transfer mushy bean business to a medium sized bowl. Add: 1 cup quinoa flour and whip it up real good with the bean puree. Check consitency, super wet, looking dry? Use your best judgement, I try to keep an eye out for a raw-meat texture since that's what most people know, and add more flour as needed. Form into patties and pan fry on medium heat with a hint of coconut oil. I only coat the pan with coconut oil one time, so the next round of patties (my pan fits 4 at a time) will use whatever coconut oil remains, and so on. You can also bake the patties at 375* F over parchment paper for 10 minutes on each side, 'till they are golden brown and crispy on the edges!

Ohhhh la la, they were tasty. Especially with the addition of an Ezekiel bun, mashed avocado, tomato, romaine and green cabbage leaves. Served aside a nice portion of oven-baked sweet potato fries. Enjoy!




Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

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