Recipe for a “Veggie Burger” or as Wally calls it “Weed Loaf”

Tonya’s Treats from the Conway Kitchen

Veggie Burger

May 2014

xTonya veggie burger

After a private screening of the film “Unsupersize Me” with Action News Meteorologist and “Girls Gone Green” co-founder Julie Watkins, Wally and I took Julie’s “No Meat March Challenge”.  Truth be told, we eat a really large selection of fresh veggies with every meal, so it was not the challenge for us that it might be for most  people who are new to the world of healthy and delicious food.

Wally loved taste as well as the presentation of this alternative to the traditional beef burger, but he hated calling it a “veggie burger”.  While enjoying the meal over a glass of Zinfandel, he settled in on the name “weed loaf”.  For the life of me I can’t see how “weed loaf” sounds better then “veggie burger”, but it does explain why I rarely listen to his radio show.  (I dare you to print that part honey)


1 can (16 oz.) pinto beans rinsed and drained well

2 green onions (scallions), minced

1/2 red bell pepper, minced

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 TB cumin

1-1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp chipotle powder (or cayenne to taste, or red pepper flakes)

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, whisked

1/2 cup rolled oats


Put your beans in a bowl and smash well with a silver fork. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, and salt. Mix well to combine then blend in oats and egg.  Hand shape into 5 or 6 patties.

If grilling outdoors, preheat your grill on high. Lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil, place the foil on your grill, and then grill each side for about 6 minutes.

If you’re baking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly oil a baking sheet, bake  patties for 10 minutes, then move rack closer to broiler and broil for 1 minute on each side or until brown/crispy.

You can also “fry” in a pan on your stovetop.  I recommend using coconut oil – cook for 8 minutes or until crisp on the first side, then flip to the other side for a few minutes until crisp. Since there are no natural oils without meat, you might need to add more oil halfway through to get a nice sear. Enjoy!