Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Burgers

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Veggie Burgers | thegreenforks.com #vegan

I am a big squash advocate. Squash in all forms- acorn, spaghetti, pumpkin, delicata, jester, and naturally, butternut. And all its relatives as well- sweet potato included. Being able to eat squash for months on end really helps me get through these rough, chilly months. It almost makes it all worth it… (I’m not a big cold-weather fan).

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Veggie Burgers | thegreenforks.com #vegan

But no matter how much I love butternut squash, there is only so much butternut squash soup I can consume. Personally, I find that after a while it becomes a bit unappetizing and sits on your stomach a little too heavily. Or maybe that’s just what happens to me after I’ve reached my squash soup threshold… but regardless, it is always nice to have a few extra butternut squash recipes in your arsenal. Especially when it is made the star ingredient in the main dish! And not just a basic veggie side.

That’s why I absolutely ADORE these veggie burgers!! They highlight butternut squash, surrounding it with the seasons best flavors- apple, sage, nuts, and cranberries! Yum, yum, yum, yum…. :D My favs.

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Veggie Burgers | thegreenforks.com #vegan

Butternut squash cubes, red onion, and apples are all roasted together in the oven until they become gorgeously caramelized. This adds a perfect touch of sweetness to a savory burger.

After roasting, the burgers come together quickly and easily with a few pulses of the food processor. And thanks to the oatmeal, these burgers hold together perfectly without the addition of eggs. Score for us vegans!

GOSH, I just love veggie burgers! Such an easy way to create a tasty meal. And they store amazingly! I always have some homemade veggie burgers in my freezer, for those ‘just in case moments‘ where your meal planning didn’t quite work out as well you intended…

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Veggie Burgers | thegreenforks.com #vegan

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Butternut Squash Apple Sage Burgers
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups diced, uncooked butternut squash
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 Tb oil
  • ¾ cup oats (quick or rolled)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh sage
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained (about 1½ cups cooked)
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon groung nutmeg, optional
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (sub other nut or seed, if desired)
  • 2 Tb dried cranberries, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add squash, onion and apples to baking sheet. Toss with olive oil to coat. Place in oven for 20 minutes, toss with spatula, and return to oven for an addition 15-20 minutes or until the mixture begins to brown. Remove from oven and set aside to use later.
  2. Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor. Process until oats become the texture of fine meal or better yet- flour!.
  3. Add garlic, sage, thyme, beans, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and roasted mixture to food processor. Pulse a 10-15 times to combine. Scrape down sides if the mixture starts to stick. Pulse or gently stir in pumpkin seeds and cranberries, if using (mixture will be fairly thick). Shape mixture into 6 patties.
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Cook veggie burgers 6 minutes on first side, or until well browned. Flip burgers and continue to cook on other side an additional 4-6 minutes or until that side is well browned as well. Serve warm.
Notes
I like to eat these burgers with a simple bed of lettuce and a slathering of vegan mayo with a dash of hot sauce. I think sliced avocados or some fresh sliced red onion would be yummy too!

 

 

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  • Kariann December 6, 2014, 4:00 am

    Do you think quinoa flakes would work in place of the oatmeal? Thanks!

  • lmachell December 7, 2014, 1:01 am

    Possibly! I’ve never tried the swap but I read it sometimes on other blogs.

  • Jennifer February 5, 2015, 6:35 am

    Sounds wonderful. Now if I can just read the recipe through all the background clutter. Have you thought of making the bright lime green forks more a watermark, more translucent? Anyway, can’t wait to try it!

  • Lori August 27, 2016, 6:36 pm

    I love these burgers! Thank you so much for all your awesome recipes.