Spicy Zucchini and Soymeat Burgers

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

Welcome to Claire's

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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I love a good burger, and this one is a favorite of mine because it combines summer onions and zucchini with a nice shot of heat from chipotle chile powder and a little seeded jalapeño pepper.


  • 2 slices organic whole grain flax bread
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus another tablespoon for pan-frying the burgers
  • ½ medium local organic red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small local organic zucchini, cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
  • Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper (found in the spice section at the supermarket)
  • Black pepper
  • 1 14-ounce package ground soy beef (found in the refrigerated produce section at the supermarket)
  • 3 cloves local organic garlic, minced
  • ½ small local organic jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped


  1. Hold the 2 slices of bread (stacked) in your hands and run warm water over them just until the bread slices are wet, then squeeze the slices in your hands to soften and to remove as much water as possible. Turn the bread into a bowl, breaking up the slices into small pieces using your fingers. Heat the 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a small skillet. Add the chopped onion, zucchini, and a little sea salt. Stir to coat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is just tender and has turned golden. Stir in the chipotle chile pepper and a little black pepper.
  2. Place the ground soy beef in the bowl with the bread, then add the sautéed zucchini and onion mixture, using a spoon to scrape the skillet of any brown bits. Add the minced garlic and jalapeño pepper. Using a potato masher, mash the ingredients to mix well. Taste for seasoning.
  3. Form 6 burger patties using about ½ cup of the mixture per burger. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then spray the skillet with olive oil spray. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and swirl the pan to coat it with the oil. Arrange the burger patties on the heated oil. Spray the tops with olive oil spray. Cover and cook for about 5-6 minutes until medium brown and firm on the underside, then using a spatula, turn each burger patty, and cook the other side for about 5 minutes until medium brown and firm on the underside. Serve hot.