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September 23, 2011

BOTW: Tex Mex Pumpkin Burgers

So, as you may have noticed, I've been using a lot of pumpkin puree lately and rather than toss the remaining canned pumpkin, I use it in other dishes.  As I was searching the web for additional recipes that include pumpkin, I came across this fabulous find.  Pumpkin Burgers. 

I changed it up a little bit by adding ground beef to the recipe..... my boy is not eating a burger unless it has meat in it.  Period.  Oh, and his will be served up on a bun.......Dominic's too for that matter, but you get the idea, everything can be modified.

If you prefer the veggie version, just omit the ground beef and when cooking the patties in a skillet, use some oil.




















Photo by Eating Well

Tex Mex Pumpkin Burgers

Ingredients:
1 pound of ground beef
6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Tomato Salsa, optional
1/2 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 8-inch flour tortillas, {soft-taco size}
2 cups shredded lettuce


Preparation:
1.  Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, corn, garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

2.  Place ground beef in a bowl and .......

3.  Add pumpkin, cheese, wheat germ, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper to the onion mixture; mix well. With dampened hands, form the vegetable mixture into 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.

4.  Preheat oven to 325°F. Stack tortillas and wrap in aluminum foil. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes to heat through.  Or heat them in the microwave.

5.   Cook 2 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary for even browning. Wrap the patties in tortillas and serve immediately, garnished with lettuce and Fresh Tomato Salsa, if desired.


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