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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Veggie Burgers For One In The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef

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The best way to cook a veggie burger for one 

 I love homemade veggie burgers but usually, I am the only person eating them. So I go through the process of mixing up the veggie burger ingredients and then cooking them in a pan, one at a time.  Cooking several vegan burgers in a frying pan can be time-consuming. That time makes me have to wait to eat. Then there is the problem of what to do with the leftover cooked plant-based veggie burgers. Cooked veggie burgers don't freeze well so I store the vegetarian burgers in the fridge. 

 Reheating homemade veggie burgers tends to dry them out. So I have figured out a solution to making homemade veggie burgers for one person. I have discovered that the best way to cook food for one person is with a handy single-person cooking device. My favorite single-person cooking device is a red football-shaped cooker called the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef.  This little red cooking device makes meals for one so simple and I use it for so many meals. The Red Copper Five Minute Chef makes the best omelets and eggs. This unique red cooker helps me cook meals for one without having to turn on the oven. I use the 5MC for veggie sausage, pancakes, and making poached eggs. I am always experimenting with this cooking device that cooks most foods in 5 minutes.

The original Red Copper 5 Minute Chef is no longer available on Amazon but this omelet maker is amazing

Vegan burgers for one

 The other day I was craving veggie burgers and I did not want to spend a lot of time mixing and cooking my usual veggie burger recipe that is made with beans and rice. I was hungry and I did not want to wait for the rice to cook. I also did not want to make all four bean and rice veggie burger patties. The other problem was I only had one can of black beans in my pantry so, in order to make my usual burgers made with beans and rice, I would have to cook dried beans and that takes a long time. So I grabbed the one can of black beans and some instant oatmeal from my pantry. I also grabbed my Red Copper Five Minute Chef cooker, so I could make quick veggie burgers for one person.

 Don't worry if you don't own a Red Copper 5 Minute Chef as you can make this veggie burger recipe in a frying pan. Since I did not want for the rice to cook, I knew that oatmeal is a great substitute for rice and it makes the veggie burgers so moist. Think about how your mom made meatloaf. My mom would use what she had in the house for her homemade meatloaf and that included bread, rice, or oatmeal. If you like meatloaf, you should try my vegetarian meatloaf that tastes like real meatloaf. 

Ingredients needed for veggie burgers

+ Can of beans, I like black or pinto

+ Instant oatmeal

+ Ketchup

+ Seasonings like garlic, salt, and pepper

+ Oil for cooking

+ cooked onions

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Beans make the best meals

 I always keep several cans of beans in my pantry for quick plant-based meals or meatless meals. Sure cooking dried beans is more economical but it can be time-consuming. Using a pressure cooker to cook beans may be faster buy it is still not quicker than can beans. When I do use my pressure cooker, I like making Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans in the pressure cooker. Canned beans are nutritious and are great for making easy hummus and other meals that are made with beans and rice. So I recommend always having several varieties of cans of beans in your pantry for meatless meals.

How to make the best veggie burgers

 Most people complain that cooking veggie burgers with beans at home results in dried burgers that fall apart. The way to may moist veggie burgers is to make sure that the ingredients are nice and moist. So mash up the beans and add plenty of liquid to the ingredients. The liquid that I like to use is ketchup as it adds great flavor to the burgers. Using oatmeal also helps the burgers stay together better, as oatmeal absorbs the liquids and thickens up. So don't be afraid to add more ketchup to this veggie burger recipe as you want the bean burger mixture to feels like mushy ground beef. As long as the bean mixture forms a nice burger patty in the pan, it will cook up just fine. 

The best way to mash beans

 I used to use a potato masher to smoosh up my beans but I discovered that using the bottom of a drinking glass does a better job of mashing. Plus you don't have to worry about beans getting stuck in the crevices like you do with a potato masher.

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The original Red Copper 5 Minute Chef is no longer available on Amazon but this omelet maker is amazing

 This bean veggie burger recipe makes more than one burger. Depending on the size of the burger pattie, you may get 2-3 veggie burgers out of the mixture. This vegan burger mixture will last in the fridge for a week and longer in the freezer. So make how many burgers you will be eating and then store the mixture in the fridge for another meal. That way you can have a fresh moist burger that is cooked to order for each meal occasion. Serve the veggie burgers on buns with desired toppings like lettuce, tomato, ketchup, etc. I like to place my burger in a tortilla or on a plate of greens. Do you have a Red Copper 5 Minute Chef and need more inspiration? Check out this awesome Facebook page for tons of great recipes!

Veggie Burgers For One

Veggie Burgers For One

Yield: 2
Author: Mom Knows Best
A unique way to cook up a veggie burger for one that is moist and flavorful


  • One can of beans ( black or pinto), drained
  • 3/4 cup of instant oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Oil for cooking


  1. Place the beans in a large mixing bowl and mash them well with the bottom of a glass, a potato masher, or a fork.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl with the mashed beans. Stir well. To get the veggie burger mixture combined thoroughly, I like to mix it with my clean hands. Don't worry about germs as cooking the veggie burgers will kill any germs in the food. If the mixture is dry just add more ketchup.
  3. If using the 5 Minute Chef to cook the burgers, lightly coat both sides of the cooker with oil. Then place enough mixture to fill up one side of the cooker, pressing it down with a spoon.
  4. Cook the burgers for ten minutes in the 5 Minute Chef, turning the device over halfway.
  5. If cooking the burgers in a frying pan follow the bellow steps:
  6. To assemble the veggie burgers, take a 1/2 well-packed cup of the mixture, and use your hands to form it into a burger shape.
  7. Heat up a skillet to medium heat and lightly coat it with oil.
  8. Place the formed burger into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  9. Serve the veggie burgers on buns with desired toppings like lettuce, tomato, ketchup, etc. Store leftover burger mixture in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 6 months.
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Cristina Petrini said...

Who says vegan doesn't hide goodness! I admit that although I am not often I eat it because I love it!

Chad said...

I want want want!!! I can't wait to make this delicious burger, looks soooo good...

AiringMyLaundry said...

I am all about trying new things. I would certainly make this up and see if I liked it or not!

Passion Piece said...

I love veggie burgers! If I can prepare them so fast, I'll give them a try for sure! :)

Brandy Ellen said...

I only ate one veggie burger in my life and that was many years ago. I can say that veggie burgers have come a long way since that day my Grampa had me try one. I'll have to share this with my friends who eat veggie burgers.

Musa Creativa Magazine said...

I have no idea what the Red Copper Mini Chef is but I'm trying this recipe for sure! And I agree about cooking dry beans–it's so time consuming. I like more practical things I can cook that take less preparation time.

Fatima D Torres said...

I love a good burger. Honestly, I've never tried a veggie one before, but I bet this one would be delicious.

Prime Beauty said...

Bean burgers are so good! I also like burger crumbles.

Gervin Khan said...

I have never tried to eat a veggie burger but this one looks really good and tasty. I need to try this, thank you!

melissa said...

I regularly crave the veggie burgers from a restaurant called My burger here in the Twin cities. This article makes me hungry

Beeb Ashcroft said...

These look so good and easy to make. They are an awesome dinner idea.

Romy Schorr said...

Thanks for sharing these tasty vegan recipes. I especially like the egg foo yong recipe!

Ryan Escat said...

Wow,I didn't know that vegan burgers ingredients are just these simple. I just wonder if I could buy pinto beans on my local grocery store. I haven't seen one for a long time.

Adrienne said...

Those look delicious! What a handy little kitchen tool, I could see lots of uses for that.

Joanna said...

That looks like a very interesting little gadget. It's great that it is so useful.

Erica Jahn said...

Been more into veggie based food these days for my son. I am glad to have stumbled into this post, he will like this

Darina Fox said...

I would certainly make this up and see if I liked it or not! I am all about trying new things.

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