Recipe by Irv Thomas
"This is the veggie burger supreme - the easiest and MOST ECONOMICAL burger of all. A single medium-sized eggplant (together with the usual trimmings) feeds a family of six. Use whatever types of cheese and burger toppings to suit your family's taste."
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eggplant, peeled and sliced into 3/4 inch rounds
Monterey Jack cheese
hamburger buns, split
dill pickle slices
1 (20 ounce) bottle
prepared yellow mustard
This recipe as stated does not deserve 4 stars. The idea is good, but the recipe should be stated for ONE serving and leave it up to the cook to multiply.
Secondly, thick slices of eggplant, first microwaved then fried, do not work. The eggplant turns out too mushy. In each sanwich I would prefer to use 2 or 3 thinner slices that have been "oven fried" so there is a crispness to them. Avoid the use of too much mustard! Try using PepperJack cheese to give it some zing, and toast the rolls.
I was really hopeful with all the great reviews, but I did not care for the texture of this. The only reason it came close to burger-like was all the toppings are burger toppings...it would have been better without the eggplant at all. Nobody I served it to could finish it and we all wanted real burgers after.
I did two batches of this recipe, one like the reviewers suggested with a shorter cooking time, and it tasted wonderful. The second batch i cooked the as long as the author suggested, and it tasted much much better. Having made too much, i ended up with leftovers. So, today, i came back home too tired to heat the food, so i ate it cold , in a pita with a tiny bit of hummos, and leftover slices of tomato. It was amazing.
This is a wonderful recipe. It just gets better and better.
I was looking for a lower fat option when the rest of the family wanted grilled hamburgers. I cut these the same size as the hamburger patties, sprayed a little cooking spray on them, seasoned just like the patties and put them on the grill for about 5 minutes. I may never eat another hamburger! Amazing!
Very good. Ate them on pita with garlic mayo, tomatoes, and mozz cheese. Would recommend micro-ing only 1-2 minutes to keep slices firm. Thanks
Good burgers. I coated them in flour/wheat germ/ cajun spice seasoning and fried them. Only microwaved them for 2min. I made a garlic and herb mayo for them and omitted ketchup and mustard. Ate with tomato, lettuce, relish and fried onions on toasted whole wheat buns.
I was skeptical about how flavorful these burgers could be, but I decided to try them after reading all the positive comments. I was pleasantly surprised (and am still mystified) by the amount of flavor, even without adding any seasonings. This is not to say it has a beefy flavor like a regular hamburger, but for what it is, it is very good. Cheap and simple to make, although I can't figure out how to keep the eggplant slices from soaking up the oil/butter. I will use this recipe in the future for most of my burger cravings - it is cheaper, easier, and healthier! One warning: the eggplant burgers are not as good the next day, even if you warm them up and put toppings on them.
After my boyfriend got through ranting "where's the MEAT???!!!" He told me he really liked these. I thought they were quite delicious as well. I took one of the reviewer's suggestions and used pepper jack, with that & the bite of raw onions they were quite tasty. My honey did say the meal was a bit light for him & should have fries or tots as a side. I would suggest 2 minutes instead of 5 in the microwave.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 169
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