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Published on July 27th, 2013 | by Tara O'Brien

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Vegan Plantain Burger Recipe

Like many Americans traveling to the Dominican Republic, I became disillusioned toward my dreams of eating only organic tropical fruit for my entire stay there. I quickly came to realize that fried meat and mystery meat were the main players in any meal. To make up for the nutrients you lack in your flour-covered and deep-fried meat, the rest of the plate is filled with white rice and beans. Then the whole thing is covered in butter.

However, I was determined to find some new recipes and learn how to cook within my limited resources. Even though most markets only carried ingredients to cook the above stated meal, I was lucky to live on a farm that grew produce organically. But I wasn’t there during the fruit season, and the foods found on the farm were limited to peppers, greens, and platanos. If you aren’t familiar with platanos (plantains) you can read more about them here.

One of my friends showed me an easy vegan plantain burger recipe and we loved it! It was delicious, healthy and easy to make, and here it is for you today!

plantain burgers

plantain burger picnic!

Vegan Plantain Burgers

2 Cups Grated Platano/plantain (allow to ripen so it is a bit yellow for a sweeter burger)
1 Cup Grated Carrot
½ Cup Finely chopped onion
3-4 Cloves of minced garlic
1 chopped habanero pepper (half for less spice)
2 teaspoons oregano powder
½ teaspoon salt
Half of a pineapple, finely chopped (optional, for added sweetness)

plantain burgers

plantain burgers are easy to make!

All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a bowl, form into a patty, then place on the skillet until outside is well cooked and inside is warm. We had them as a vegan option at a valentines day cook out and offered tortillas or leafy greens as buns. They were very well received! This recipe is good for about 5-6 burgers, depending on the size. Just try not to drop them on the ground like me.

plantain burgers

don’t cry over spilled… plantain burgers





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