I shredded the carrot - they cooked fine in 2 min. that way. Left out the green pepper since I don't like it. I liked the *taste* of these. I've tried them w/different kinds of buns, and with different toppings including melting some cheddar on them. I've only had the packaged soy burgers years ago and these do taste better than those. (The one good thing that came from this is that now I'd like to try the packaged black bean burgers.) However, I think the recipe itself has some major issues. They do fall apart easily and I don't think the green pepper would be enough bulk to keep them together. Even people who cut the salsa in half commented on this. I was afraid to cut it too much cause they might then be just too flour-y with no flavor. (The oats might not be a bad substitute.) And they burned VERY easily. I fried them, turned the temp down a second time and they just still wouldn't get done without burning. I didn't care so much that they were mushy inside (made them taste like refried beans), but I did care that they burned. Then I tried baking them - that left them without any form and tasteless - I think baking is a bad idea. I finally tried my no-stick electric skillet with NO OIL and that's how they did the best. I think the oil or spray is part of what's making them burn, but they also stick easily. In the end I just got stick of messing with them. (They also do not keep well in the fridge even for 2 days.)
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I shredded the carrot - they cooked fine in 2 min. that way. Left out the green pepper since...