CSA Week 2: Spinach Walnut Burgers

As a general rule, I scoff at veggie burgers. Like many vegetarians, I’ve just been fed too many uninspired Morningstar patties at to feel enthusiastic about them. I have found one reason to get excited about them, though: The Common Roots Cafe. Common Roots is one of my favorite places in the city, and I have never been let down by their food. The veggie burgers (handmade, local ingredients, awesome flavors) are no exception. This month’s offering was Spinach Walnut Burgers and I was so into them, I decided to try to make my own. These are not as good (partly because I don’t have any pickled onions to serve them with), but with a little gouda cheese melted on top, they’d be close.

Spinach Walnut Burgers
Adapted from the New York Times
makes 4-6 patties

1 bag or bunch of spinach, washed
1 medium onion coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 C walnuts
1 C rolled oats
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 egg

1. Heat spinach in a pot or pan over medium heat until wilted. Let cool.
2. Put cooked spinach in cheesecloth or a clean dish towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid. Set aside.
3. Put onions in food processor and process for a few seconds.
4. Add remaining ingredients and spinach to the food processor and processĀ  until well blended, but not smooth.
5. Let mix set for a few minutes, then shape into patties and fry in oil for about 4-5 minutes on each side

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