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The Farmhouse Veggie Burger

March 16, 2012

Of the 260 channels I pay for, I watch 4 of them: The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Bravo (Top Chef!), and HGTV.  A while back, I was flipping through the channels and caught The Best Thing I Ever Ate on The Food Network.  This particular episode featured burgers. Not being much of a burger gal, I was getting ready to change the channel when Duff Goldman started going on and on about a veggie burger.  A veggie burger. Now I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, but Duff doesn’t look like the kind of guy who eats veggie burgers.  On the contrary, he’s a pretty hefty guy who looks like he likes his meat. I’m just sayin’. So when he began describing this mouth watering “burger” from Portland, Oregon, I knew it must be legit. And off to the grocery store I went.

The Farm Cafe was nice enough to share their special recipe with the public after the show aired. I followed it without any modifications and it turned out great!  (Tip: locally baked buns and caramelized onions really make a difference!)

Farmhouse Veggie Burger

Serves 4


  • 2 whole eggplant, peeled and 1 inch diced
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 1 Tbs minced parsley
  • 1 cup shredded medium cheddar
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  1. Sauté eggplant on low heat till grey and very soft.
  2. Mix together eggplant and all the rest of the ingredients, except oil, let rest for ½ hour in refrigerator.
  3. Form into 4 equal patties about an inch thick.
  4. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil until shimmering hot, fry each side of patty till dark brown, about 5 minutes each side.
  5. Serve on locally made sandwich bun with caramelized onions, spicy brown mustard, roasted red peppers and salad mix.
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