To make a simple veggie burger, mash two cans of beans in a bowl. Set aside the bean liquid. Add 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Add salt to taste. Add a little of the bean liquid to moisten the mixture as needed. Form six patties. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers until golden brown, or about three minutes per side.
Alternatively, add 1 clove of crushed garlic and 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion for a flavor boost. Chopped or shredded veggies, such as carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and artichokes, also enhance a veggie burger's flavor. Use 3 tablespoons of a flavored liquid, such as soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, worcestershire sauce or balsamic vinegar, in place of the basic bean liquid. Pair two dry spices of choice to add to the veggie burger mix. Dry spices that make veggie burgers taste good include paprika, cumin, chili powder, Italian seasoning and fennel. Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts, rice, olives or sun-dried tomatoes to add texture to the veggie burger mix. Top veggie burgers with cheese, salsa, avocado and fresh herbs such as basil or cilantro.