Vegetarian Mushroom Patty Melt

I won't lie to you all. Sometimes maintaining a meat-free diet means getting creative with whatever is in your kitchen. A lot of the recipes featured here on my blog are things I walked into the kitchen and made up (i.e. Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato or One Pot Spinach and Tomato Pasta).

You have to step outside of your comfort zone and just try those random combinations and see how it turns out.

This week I was craving a veggie burger. Normally, I would chow down on those Gardein or Morning Star black bean burgers. But, I am trying my best to stay away from eating too much processed foods. Don't get me wrong. Their veggie burgers are damn good, but it's still processed and tends to have a good bit of sodium in them. I'm still a huge fan, but I really wanted to try making my own.

Vegetarian Mushroom Patty Melt

I've seen several recipes that use lentils, black beans, chickpeas, and a ton of other combinations. But like most of my other recipes, I wanted to keep it simple and utilize as much that was already in my kitchen without having to run to the store. I can be lazy when it comes to this.

I checked out my fridge and I had mushrooms, onions, a ton of spices, cheese, and bread. Can I make a veggie burger out of this? Well, I tried it.

I've atttempted black bean burgers and lentil burgers in the past, and can't lie...they were fails. I couldn't seem to get the right consistency and my poor litle burgers would fall apart on me. Hence, why I gave up and would just buy a store bought version of a veggie burger.

But these aren't exactly "burgers". They're more like patty melts. Which, technically, can go hand in hand. But still a bit different.

Vegetarian Mushroom Patty Melt

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Ingredients: 
-Bread
-Shredded cheese
-2 cups of white mushrooms
-1/2 of yellow onion
-1 cup of rolled oats
-1 Tbsp of salt
-1 Tbsp of Oregano
-1 Tbsp of Rosemary

Directions:
-Taking your mushrooms and onions, begin to dice them into small chunks.
-Using a food processor or blender, pulse until you reach a grounded consistency
-Move your grounded mushrooms and onions into a large bowl, and add in the oats and seasonings
-Stir until ingredients are evenly mixed
-Taking 2 Tbsp fulls into your hands, begin forming a patty. Allow for patties to sit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes
-After patties have set, take a small frying pan on medium heat and add a small amount of butter to coat the pan. (You can use a cooking oil as well)
-Place your patties onto the coated pan. Allow for each side to cook for 2-3 minutes or until they have browned
-Set patties aside once cooked
-In the same pan, take a slice of bread and place down to toast. Add your cheese to the bread at this time.
-Place your patty onto the sliced bread and cheese, and sprinkle another layer of cheese on top.
-Add your second slice of bread on top. Flip over to the untoasted side. Allow for this side to toast as well.
-Cut in half and enjoy!

**Notes**
*If you prefer, you can add your rolled oats into the food processor to ground as well. I actually like the texture of the oats and it helped to give the patty more texture
*You can also use a toaster oven or grill to create this
*I like shredded cheese, but you can also used slice
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Vegetarian Mushroom Patty Melt

I'll admit that this recipe is more extensive compared to the others. It does take some prep work, but I promise you all it turns out amazing. The "meaty" texture from the mushrooms just makes it all worth it, and definitely satisfied that burger craving I had. I haven't had a patty melt since becoming a vegetarian. But, I'm glad that I can still enjoy this meal when I choose.




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