Gluten Free Black Bean & Mushroom Patty on Rye

I would love to call this a burger, but can’t wrap my head around that word when this isn’t a “Hamburger.” And to call it anything other than a “patty” would otherwise be wrong, correct?? A meatless patty at that. Would you call it a veggie burger if it only has maybe two veggies (Onion & Mushrooms) in it? I don’t know… let’s just say I made Black Bean & Mushroom patties for a Meatless Friday and they turned out über delicious!

I have tried countless veggie ‘burgers’ and picked up a few tricks at making these patties and lets say the key to your patty would be if the mixture looks too wet, add more breadcrumbs and/or oats. It is a must if you want to form a patty that doesn’t fall apart when you are eating it. And if for some reason it looks to dry and crumbly add more moisture. You need to play it by ear and go from there.

This recipe will give you 6 rather nice sized patties for your meal. You can either enjoy them on a bun or as I did on toasted Gluten Free Rye Bread. Either way, you are sure to enjoy!

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Gluten Free Patty Melt Panini Style

I was battling the what should I make for dinner question until the last minute when I decided it was a burger kinda night. And then proclaimed it was even better — a patty melt kinda night! I love grilled onions… So having an excuse to sauté some up is heaven.

Gluten Free Patty MeltGluten Free Patty Melt 

5 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 onion, sliced into 1/4″ rings
  • 5 (1/4 lb) ground beef patties
  • 10 slices gluten free bread (I used Udi’s)
  • 10 slices swiss cheese
  • 5 tablespoons thousand island dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat panini grill to medium-high heat (375°F).

Add olive oil and 1/2 Tbsp of Butter into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onions and sauté until browned, about 8 minutes.

Remove onions from pan and set aside. In same pan, fry the hamburger patties for 3 to 4 minutes until very browned on one side. Flip and continue cooking the other side for another 3 minutes. Remove from pan.
Assemble the patty melts:

Butter one side of your bread. On other side top bread with a slice of cheese, onions, the burger patty, thousand island and a final piece of bread.

Grill your sandwich until golden and the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes. Repeat for each burger.