How To Prep and Freeze Veggie Burgers: A Tutorial

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 9, 2012

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One of my goals for August (and onward) is to start making big batches of veggie burgers. I’ve been relying far too much on boxed frozen veggie burgers and the cost really starts to add up. I usually buy Amy’s California burgers and they cost between $6-8 for 4 patties, depending on the grocery store. Plus, homemade veggie burgers are just so much better.

On Sunday, I made a double batch of Our Perfect Veggie Burgers and this week I made a double batch of Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers. I’ll be bringing a bunch of them to Eric’s big 3-0 birthday party on Saturday. There should be about 40 people!

I must say, these BBQ chickpea burgers are a new fav. The prep is a bit quicker than the other ones and I enjoy them just as much.

(Edited to add: After defrosting the Chickpea BBQ Burgers this weekend, the burgers did not hold well together.  They seem to have too much moisture after freezing.  I would recommend using the Our Perfect Veggie Burgers recipe, as I have had good results when freezing these.)

Using the Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burger recipe, I doubled all of the ingredients and made 16 patties. I’ve also been making beans from scratch to save more money. I soaked 2 cups of uncooked chickpeas overnight in a huge bowl of water. Once they have soaked, it’s only about 35 minutes or so to cook them on the stovetop (throw in a piece of kombu for easier digestion). You can also make big batches of beans and legumes on the weekend and freeze them for quick weeknight dinners. I’m slowly starting to get into the habit of doing this on a regular basis!

While the chickpeas and brown rice cook, prep the veggies: fresh parsley, red onion, shredded carrot, red pepper, jalapeno, and garlic.

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Place everything into a huge bowl. My biggest bowl still was not quite big enough for this double batch, but I managed ok!

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Stir in the pepita and sunflower seeds, along with the other ingredients like ground flax, seasonings, breadcrumbs, etc.

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Because I made two big pots of chickpeas and brown rice, I decided to throw the rice and chickpeas in the food processor instead of mashing by hand like I did the first time. This saved a lot of time!

Stir it all up – you can even get in there with your hands to mix it up really good! Season it all to taste. Don’t be shy with the salt – this huge bowl of batter needs a good dose to make it all pop. I used 1-1.5 tsp fine grain sea salt.

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Now shape the batter into about 16 patties and place on a very large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Cover with wrap.

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Clear out room in your freezer and place the baking sheet right in. Freeze the patties for about 45-60 mins or so.

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[my freezer needs an intervention…]

Once the raw patties are frozen, place them in a freezer safe bag. If there are any ice crystals on the burgers, scrape them off first. I use Ziplock BPA-free large freezer bags (with the zipper). Don’t forget to wash the bags out and re-use when you are finished with the burgers!

I cut a piece of the parchment to place in between the layers so they don’t stick. Take a straw and suck out the air and seal quickly. Easy!

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This is my first time freezing veggie burgers like this (I used to wrap them individually), but I’ve read this method should keep them fresh for up to 1 month in the freezer. Thaw on the counter or in the fridge before pan-frying.

It took me just under 1.5 hours to prep 16 veggie burgers – a lot less time than I thought and I saved quite a bit of money too.

While we’re on the topic of make-ahead foods, what are your favourite dishes to prep in advance? Let me know in the comments!

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It’s now day 9 of The August Challenge and I’ve been documenting my daily feats on the August challenge page to stay accountable. Time is a flyin’! There are so many great comments on the page with many of you sharing your stories. You know, I had my doubts about this challenge from the get-go (if I could even do it and if you’d be interested), but I’m really happy with how things are going. August is shaping up to be a great month! And don’t worry if you are starting late, jump in at any time. I’m already considering doing this into September because I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would.

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Kathy Steger August 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

I have been searching for a good veggie burger recipe and this one looks delicious. Cant wait to try it.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

Haha so funny you should post this today because my post yesterday detailed my efforts to make veggie burgers with a new-to-me squash and they crumbled like crazy!!! They could have probably used some rice and chickpeas like yours, which look great! My favourite make-ahead foods are soups (in the fall). I store them in my freezer and enjoy them all through the winter!

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Courtney August 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

I live for make ahead dishes and I’ve done these veggie burgers several times – they’re delicious!! I also love whipping up a couple batches of salads, like the Detox salad or quinoa salads, to have on hand as quick lunches or dinner sides. The flavors get even better after 24-48 hours in the fridge. Yum, yum!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

I need to make these. The ones I’m eating now have some stuff I can’t pronounce and I want to get away from that. Have you ever thought of a Food Saver type vacuum sealer for your frozen stuff? I can’t live without mine!

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Megan April 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

I love this idea! I want to try to do this for a week and bring them to work to save time and $$. Can these be heated up in a microwave at work? I know they might not be as grilled and cripsy, but would it be okay? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

Hi Megan, I haven’t tried reheating in a micro, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. I’d try it at a low heat and not for long

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Jeanne August 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

Try grilling them first, then freezing or keeping in fridge (depending on how long you are planning on storing them). Then when you micro them at work they may not be crispy, but they’ll still have a bit more ‘cooked flavour’. Or, eat them cold/room temperature.

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Tina September 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

It does work in the Microwave, I did my other Veggie Burgers as well. About 1-2 minutes is all you need :)

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Susanne Winnacker August 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’ll have to try this! I hate buying any kind of boxed food, so I’ve never eaten boxed frozen veggie burgers, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to make everything from scratch and these homemade frozen veggie burgers look like a treat! Thanks for this!

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Britt August 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

I’m a Sunday cooker, so I try to prep everything ahead when I can. This summer has been all about the grill, so I go on a Sunday chopping-spree. I cut up peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, squash. I put them in gallon size baggies, so they are ready to pull out of the fridge and pop on the grill. I also like to make big batches of condiments to freeze. Kethcup, mustard, bbq sauce, salsa, and marinara are in my freezer now.

I will definitely be trying your recipes for burgers! They look delish!

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jenna August 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

I love your veggie burgers! they are delish! great idea on freezing them.

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl August 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

Pinned. Those veggie burgers look delish, too!
I’ve been wanting to make this veggie burger recipe I have. And this tut will come in handy. thank you.

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Aprille August 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

I make your veggie burgers ALL the time, they are a favorite at my house. I also am always stocking my freezer with food I’ve made ahead. The best way I’ve found for making ahead the veggie burgers is I cook them all on the stove, then after they cool, I freeze them in foil. When we want one (or 2), we just throw it in the oven (in the foil) and wait until it’s heated through. They are still crispy! Thanks for your awesome recipes, you rock! :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Wow that is a great way of going about it! genius. I will be trying this next time, thanks for sharing.

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Jo-Anne August 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

Just wondering how long the BBQ sauce will last in the fridge? I am making some today. How was the sauce that you froze? Did it taste okay from the freezer? Love your recipes and am really excited to make my own sauce. I totally do not like the smoke taste of bbq sauce and this one has all the ingredients I like :)

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Katie July 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm

How long does the reheat on the grill step take? Making for veggie guests at a cookout for the first time reheat so I don’t want to mess it up!

TIA!

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Steph Borutski August 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

How long will they keep in the freezer like this ?

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Aasmaa August 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

This really is an awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing….

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caleb grayson August 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

i recommend the small split chick peas used in Indian cooking, chana daal. the soak and cook faster, although i wouldn’t cook them, just soak them. the cooking happens on the grill.
flax is a good binder.
i found myself using the left over pulp from my juicer mixed with spices and uncooked beans and seeds. i’ve also used coarse ground dried beans (lentils, peas, rice, etc.), mixed with veggie pulp that is quite moist and then stuffed into a mason jar. the beans start to expand as they absorb the water, but have nowhere to go. the pressing up against the jar walls creates a great texture. very dense.

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Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Iryna August 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’m wondering if you could cook these (as well as your Perfect Veggie Burgers) first and THEN freeze them?

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Christa @ Edible Balance August 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

The burgers look fantastic! Great tips, I too have been buying more frozen than I usually do these days, so this is perfect. I have been making a huge batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week, it works for every meal! This week I cooked a batch of sprouted beans as well, toss them both together with salsa and you’re set!

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[email protected] August 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I really like Amy’s Sonoma veggie burger, but I have to say your perfect veggie burger is my all time fav. They are a bit time consuming, though. I am so excited to try this new and quicker version out. I have never used the straw method for getting excess air out of the bag. Thanks so much for the idea!

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Sasha August 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Especially since I’m mostly cooking for one, I put a lot of stuff in the freezer. Most muffins and quick breads I make, I put half in the freezer for when I don’t have time to bake. I make veggie broth, applesauce, and veggie burgers to have on hand in the freezer. I recently made pesto for the first time & froze it in ice cube trays. I also have been trying to cook large batches of beans when I have the time & freeze them in smaller portions.
Also, I have a batch of homemade burritos in the freezer (rice/bean/vegetable) that I made to replace the Amy’s frozen ones that I love, but are way too expensive. With an avocado, or some vegan cheese, one is a super quick complete meal for me.

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Kristy H August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What a great idea. I like to make soups and spicy chilli, dal etc. My husband and I tend to eat boxed frozen patties from the supermarket so I cant wait to try these, last year I got hooked on your veggie spelt patties.

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Sharon August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

These look great! I love burgers but I hate buying boxed stuff…those boxed veggie burgers have so much sodium!

II’ve been buying greens and veggies on the weekends and prepping them for a week of fantastic salads. Spinach, romaine, arugula. I’m loving my spiralizer for pretty cuts of zucchini, carrots, red onion etc. I just pick and choose and have a different salad every night…so good!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Speaking of a spiralizer – do you recommend a brand? Im in the market for one! :)

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Sharon August 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Angela, I bought the cheap one since I’m just starting out on this raw/vegan adventure. The brand is Joyce Chen and I think I paid 25 dollars at Rainbow Grocery here in SF.
http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-51-0662-Saladacco-Spiral/dp/B0000DDVYE

There are a lot of different ones out priced from 25 to as much as over 100 dollars. I only cook for myself so the Joyce Chen spiralizer is fine for me!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

Thanks for the link Sharon!

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ellen August 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Just like you – I spend way too much on those Amy’s burgers! I love homemade ones but have never tried freezing them. Thanks for the tutorial! I would have never thought to suck the air out of the bags with a straw. Now, can you help me with my chocolate brown kid’s cliff bar habit?? ;-)

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Robyn August 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

It would be great if you would do some video tutorials! Love your blog and all your great tips:)

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Sonal August 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

These chickpea burgers look amazing! Thanks for the new freezing method :)

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michelle August 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

We just had baby #3 a couple of months ago, and I had two double batches of “Our Favorite Veggie Burger” in the freezer for when baby came! I’m down to the last two frozen burgers (they’ve kept wonderfully!)… it’s time to freeze a new batch!
Love ALL your recipes! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hey Michelle, Congrats on baby #3!!! So glad the burgers helped you through a busy time (well it sounds like every time is a busy time with 3 children…kudos to you!). Hope things are going well.

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[email protected] August 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

these look so delicious! i’m a huge fan of cook once, eat ten times. i only cook for my husband & i now, but anyone who looked in my freezer would think i’m cooking for a huge family. to me, this method just makes sense. makes life easier when i am working too!

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Char August 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I made a batch of these a month ago and I Love having the best Veggie Burger I ever had ready at will. I will deffinatly make a double batch next time to freeze!

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Katie August 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

As a few others have said, your timing is perfect! I just said to my husband this morning that we need to make a big batch of veggie burgers asap since we’ve spent too much on Licks burgers over the bbq season. I love your freezing method, definitely less wasteful than individually wrapping each one (as I normally do).

My favourite foods to freeze ahead are mexican dishes…. mostly sweet potato burritos and chickpea quesadillas. I always wind up making way too much, so it’s great to be able to freeze some and enjoy them later.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Glad you found it helpful Katie :)
For freezing burritos – I assume you freeze the filling on its own in a container or bag?

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Katie August 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

I assemble the burritos before freezing. I use homemade flour tortillas and fill them with half black bean mixture, and half mashed sweet potato (plus a little cheese), close up the tortilla, and package them individually in aluminum foil so that I can throw them straight into the oven when I’m rushed or too lazy to cook. Once warm I usually throw a little salsa on top. Pretty tasty!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

that is SUCH a great idea…cant believe I havent done this!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes August 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

How amazing! They look delicious. Great tutorial- I’ll be trying this soon! Family is coming next week and I’d love to have a bunch of these in the freezer. Thanks for sharing!!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I’m guilty of relying on frozen veggie burgers too – and I really need to stop! Homemade ones are so much cheaper and tastier.

I like to make and freeze soups and chili ahead of time because they keep so well!

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GlowingBIL August 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Have to try one on Saturday :)

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

how helpful! and those look like terrific burgers:)

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Britt August 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I freeze everything! I am stocking up on peaches right now, while they are at the peak of ripeness. I put three bags way today. I will be super glad in December. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thats such a great idea…I always forget to freeze fruit!

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Kathy August 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This has absolutley nothing to do with veggie burgers, though the burgers look really awesome and I’ll have to try them. I wanted to get your opinoin on something. I noticed Coconut Sugar at the store the other day and purchased some. It says it is used 1:1 like regular sugar, though I tried it and find it isn’t anywhere near as sweet as regular sugar, but still good. I have read a lot of articles lately about the dangers of sugars and i am trying to use less, as well as find acceptable alternatives. I wondered if you have ever used coconut sugar and if you find it an acceptable alternative to sugar? I am trying to find a sugar that has a very low fructose level. I appreciate your comments. Thanks

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Amy August 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This look so good! I had a “slap the forehead” moment when I read that you suck the extra air out of the bag with a straw. Never thought of it, how simple!

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Eileen August 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Freezing big batches of veggie burgers is one of my favorite quick meal tricks! I’m looking forward to trying out this version. :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I want to reach into that mixing bowl (or your freezer!) and help myself to that rainbow-bright assortment of goodies, mmmm! Those sunflower seeds and bright colors are calling my name!

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Danielle August 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I LOVE your veggie burgers! I always freeze a bunch when I make them. My new favorite is making lasagna rolls and freezing them. That way I can take out just enough for me and my husband without having to bake a whole lasagna! Gotta love the ideas from pinterest :)

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Ariel @ WestWithFlight August 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Best prep food: salads — I layer them in a container or bag with the heaviest ingredients on the bottom (usually 3 bags for a week), and then just shake it up at the office, add some dressing and I have lunch.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I love that idea!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Great idea for prepping ahead. I need to do this sort of thing before I return to work full time next week–the school year is about to start and my meal-prep time is going to become much less than it’s been.

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Hunter August 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

OK, on behalf of hungry vegans everywhere who actually cannot cook worth a damn (that is, me: I can’t seem to concoct anything that tastebuds beside my own find acceptable) I have to thank you heartily for this veggie burger recipe!! It has never failed me yet, and best of all, my very fussy boyfriend eats them with relish (literally and figuratively). I have a batch sitting in the freezer and I feel very smug about it. Normal, blah-tasting burgers are so pricey! So, thank you for all your trial-and-error efforts in this regard.

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Devi @ Playful and hungry August 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Ah, these look delicious!
I hardly ever freeze any kind of food… actually, I guess that’s because of my REALLY small freezer place. But I am enjoying the fresh stuff much more anyway, so that’s fine!

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[email protected] August 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Great post!! Incredibly useful!!! Thank you!!!

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Jasmin August 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

You are a genius! I really need to start making meals in advance like this! So glad for the recipe too…I never seem to be able to bring myself to buy the veggie burgers at the store. They’re so expensive and full of preservatives and who knows what else!

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Lisa @ the raw serenity August 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

That’s for sharing!
I am starting to get more organized by making double batches if recipes and storing them in the freezing. Soup is a regular , being winter over in Australia.
Storing veggies burgers sounds perfect for mid week meals!
Xx

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Kendra August 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Wow, those are some gorgeous veggie burger pictures!! Who knew food could look so beautiful??:D I love making curries and other Indian-spiced foods ahead of time; the flavors seem to develop SO much more after spending a night in the fridge. Also, I often make a big batch of brown rice in our cast-iron pot, and then keep it in the fridge to use for stir-fries and other recipes using rice.

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Willow August 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Great idea to freeze your own! I love freezing fresh fruit for smoothies, and containers of soup when I make a big batch… sadly, I have a side-by-side fridge/freezer, and there is NO room to place a cookie sheet! It’s the worst design imaginable, imo… just ordered a new fridge with a top freezer, so pretty soon I’ll be on my way to freezing anything and everything I can think of! :)

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Jessica August 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

OMG–Angela, I’m having a party for my husband’s 30th birthday on Saturday too! And I’ll be making veggie burgers from scratch to serve to our guests. Great (vegan) minds think alike, no?

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Angie August 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

okay – I’ve been buying pre-frozen and albeit delicious this is such a fabulous idea! thank you! (plus I’m sure WAY less in sodium!)

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Whenever I make pumpkin-black bean enchiladas I make single-servings in small freezer-safe corningware dishes. That way I can just pull them out and stick them in the oven. I put them in before I turn on the oven, that way they can defrost a bit while the oven preheats. :)

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Karen August 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Angela – I must again remark that your spicy chickpea burgers are my all time favorites…plus I finally mastered the art of veg burger making w/your initial tutorial. I think hand mashing is a major key. I tried a variation of these – azuki beans, sweet onion, mushroom – w/most of the other ingredients remaining the same and they were really great too. These appeal to me more than your original favs b/c for me they offer a better balance of carb/fat/pro than the seemingly more nut heavy ones. plus the spice profile of this one is simply perfect. I have a bunch in the freezer too and they taste just as good reheated. Your guests are in for a treat!

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Jackie August 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I LOVE your blog angela. (even though I almost never comment.) And I find you super inspiring. Also its my birthday and I just had a delicious margarita. Your original veggie burgers are always a hit when I make them.

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Lauren August 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Love those perfect veggie burgers! I haven’t made them in a while, but this post made me want to soon! I think my favorite things to make and freeze are marinara sauces and pestos. Anything that requires me cleaning the food processor, I like to eliminate. Such a pain in the arse! :)

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I love this! I’m pregnant and am trying to stock my freezer with healthy convenience foods. I’ll definitely be making these. :)

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Great idea! Now I don’t have to make individual batch veggie burgers. Thanks for sharing :)

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Sydney August 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I will definitely be making these to freeze ahead of time! This will be perfect for me and my roommates’ crazy schedules!

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Tricia August 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

They’re so colorful <3, Definitely love the convenience of frozen patties :)

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Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) August 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I love the idea of making these burgers ahead of time and having them available at a moment’s notice. However, the future dietitian in me is forcing me to comment that food shouldn’t be thawed on the counter, use the fridge as suggested. :)

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Emily August 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
This tutorial was much-needed. I’ve been relying way too much on boxed burgers lately too. As soon as I have a free afternoon, I’m definitely going to make a double-batch of homemade ones. I can’t wait!

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Dennis Blair @ Fort Collins Personal Trainer August 10, 2012 at 3:15 am

I am in love with the veggie burgers wanted the recipe from a long time and finally got it. My kids can’t wait and keep on asking me to make the burgers.

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snenny August 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

These look insanely good, I really must get round to making my own veggie burgers :D

I love make-ahead meals. Both my sister and myself have coeliac disease, and are both vegan, so we never want our family to have to worry about cooking for us. It’s great when we’re both here, but if it’s just me I often get a bit lazy about cooking, especially if I’ve been working all day.

Some of my freeze aheads include fruit, butternut squash (it’s such a faff to prepare that I prep a few at the same time and freeze it chopped and ready for use), mexican lasagne, and muffins :)

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Carolyn August 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

Hi Angela,
Friends of mine made these veggie burgers and I thought if they like them, I’m sure we would too.I made a small batch which turned out 6 burgers and I foze the remaining 4. We BBQ the others and they were really good BBQed. I found they tasted better on BBQ than cooking them on stovetop. This will be a repeat recipe in our house. Hubby and I are always looking for meatless healthy protein alternatives – which are also quick and tasty. Thanks Angels!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

Hey Carolyn, Im so glad you enjoyed the brugers. I agree I love them bbq’d!

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Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running August 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

SO colourful, antioxidant-packed, fresh and delicious! Yum, will definitely have to give these a go sometime over the weekend. Thanks for sharing :)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

Your veggie burgers look amazing! Thanks for the freezer tips! Time to check out your recipe!

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Michele Sparrow August 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

I just love the idea of doing anything at all to get ahead and stay organized! Those burgers look delicious!

As for your freezer, yes, it DOES need an intervention! LOL! Have you thought of putting in the shelves that run side to side and also stack on top of each other? Then you can have room for everything but still see it all and it is organized neatly!

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Suzanne August 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

Great post Angela – I love to do make ahead veggie burgers – and I love that when we do these things (soak beans, cook from scratch, reuse plastic bags…), we save money, our health and the environment in one fell swoop! My favorite things to make ahead are things that can be ‘convenience foods’ but healthier – veggie burgers, muffins, hashbrowns, beans, rolls, rice, quinoa etc – not full meals (my freezers are so full – I do not know how I could fit casseroles in there!)- but things I can pull out, chop some veggies and voila – a meal!

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Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z August 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

Angela,
This is such a simple yet helpful post. Very Inspiring.
I subscribe and read your posts every week and love them.

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Brittany @ twosaucysisters August 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

Julie and I really like to make soups in advance and freeze them. We also love making huge bowls of bean salads or grain salads and taking it for lunches throughout the week. We also almost always have some kind of hummus or dip in the fridge for quick and easy snacking! the veggie burgers look delicious, by the way- we can never get enough veggie burgers :)

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Rachel August 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

Great post! Thanks so much!!!

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Kate August 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

My freezer looks like yours. Gonna make these on Sunday. Thanks!

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Charmaine August 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

This is so wonderful! I can’t wait to give this a try – I rely on the frozen kind too often, too! Just out of curiosity, what was the final cost of the homemade version?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Im not sure, didnt calculate it out. I wouldnt expect that much though since I made it all from dry beans.

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See August 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I LOVE veggie burgers and am actually on the “quest” to find the best one ;) I love using the food processor to speed up prep time!

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Izzy @ bitefullofhappiness August 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Hi! Your veggie burgers sound really good! I can’t wait to try them! I love your blog- it has inspired me and given me lots of amazing recipes (especially your desserts) :)

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Kaitlin @ A Taste of Bulmer August 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

These look absolutely amazing!! As a vegetarian, I am always turned off to making veggie burgers at home. Not because they don’t look or sound delicious (because they always do…), but because I just don’t have the time and/or patience when I get home from work to do all of the prep work. I don’t know why I have never thought to make a huge batch like this and freeze them!! I am so excited to try this for next week :)

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summertimedaffodily August 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I’m totally with you on the prep work! Fighting rush hour traffic and then cooking a super-involved meal just isn’t always an option. It’s no wonder crock pot meals are a weekly staple at my house haha :)

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Shari August 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I make “Your” Perfect Veggie Burgers, cook them on the stove stop and then freeze. Quick easy lunch to take to work! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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deirdre August 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

What a super idea! Then they are always on hand- and I love seeing the inside of your freezer looks just like mine…

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ms t August 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

i too like to make large pots of beans for the freezer. i freeze them in batches on a cookie sheet so they’re individually frozen, then store them all in 1 big bag in the freezer. that way i can take just what i need, leave the rest for later & don’t need to eat the same thing for days on end (it’s just me & the cat won’t touch them!). i’m not fond of veggie burgers but perhaps i’ll give these a try since they’re getting rave reviews!?

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Valerie August 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Believe it or not but your Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese freezes very well. I do a vegan freezer exchange with friends once a month and it is a favorite. Freezing Chinese dumplings, vegan ravioli and pierogi works wonderfully. They are all fairly labor intensive to create but make an easy side dish to pull out and cook however many you need.

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summertimedaffodily August 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

What a great recipe!! This is just what I needed to leave my parents with some freezer-ready veggie burgers when I head back to college in a week! My favorite dish to prep in advance is probably frozen fruits for smoothies, shakes, soft-serve, etc. I’ll never starve if there’s a banana close by (preferably with some cocoa powder and vanilla extract too)! haha

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Mish @ Mish's Kithen August 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

that is clever. veggies burgers are REALLY hard to come by in Australia..so this a very simple way to make them and save them. I love veggie burgers.

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Smitha Suresh August 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

Really great recipe, can’t wait to try it – it’s just a brilliant alternative to junk. Thanks for this, love all your posts :)

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ayten August 11, 2012 at 3:04 am

In Turkey we put zucchini ,green onion and dill in it extra.(dill is a must)
you should try ,it is wonderful.
loves from Turkey

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

This is so helpful! I have only made my own veggie burgers once, and they were fabulous. However, the hubs and I agreed that it just took waaaaaay too long to do. Perhaps this will help in the future. Thanks!

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Helene August 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Your burgers look great! I love freezer cooking – actually started a blog on vegan freezer cooking. My favorite right now is mashed potatoes – they freeze great, and I make them in individual servings so we can just take one or two out and have a dinner side dish.

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DORIS @vanillacocoberry August 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

woow these loook delicious! i also hardly every freeze due to a small freezer and im living with a roommate so its even smaller !! im glad I can fit in my frozen bananas for my green monsters <3

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Catherine August 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Great recipe! I’ve been getting into freezer cooking too and through some trial and error have discovered crumbly veggie burgers are great in a wrap or over a salad. I made your lemon rosemary chick pea burger, loved the flavor but they refused to stay in a party so into a wrap it went. oh em gee… for supper tonight is avocado pasta!!

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Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings August 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

These look great! And I love the prep lesson, need to do! I like to freeze my fruit so I can make smoothies faster with no ice needed.

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Sarah August 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Dear Angela,

It’s now 12:37 am and I have been browsing your blog for new recipes ideas for the past hour and a half…It’s not the first time and it is definitely not the last time. As I browse through all of your blog posts and the delicious mouth-watering pictures you take (by the way you are great at photography!), I can’t help but think “Gosh, I can’t wait to acquire such skills in food photography and recipes creation!”.

You are SUCH an inspiration and such a positive “glowing” light on the blogosphere.
I just had to come and leave a comment to let you know that it has now been about two years that I follow your blog and you do not cease to amaze me and make me hungry with all of your posts :p. I have tried many of the recipes you share with us and I sure will continue.

I hope you don’t mind if I share some of the recipes I take from your blog (giving you credit of course for the inspiration) on my Facebook page. I just launched it recently and I must say once I launch my blog, I hope the pictures and quality of the posts will be as great as yours ;)

Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing, inspiring and continuing to make our mouth water with every single picture you take :)

Much much appreciated,
Take care,

Sarah.

PS: here is my page if you ever feel like checking it out: www.facebook.com/sarahsdeliciousobsessions ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hey Sarah,
Thank you so much for your kind words, that means so much to me! Will definitely check out your page. Take care.

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Sarah August 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

You’re welcome, You deserve them :)

PS: I made your spicy peanut lime sauce today! Changed it a little with almond butter, honey and lemon instead. It was absolutely delicious! I posted it on my page today :)
Take care.

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Betsy August 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I can’ t wait to try a batch of these delicious-looking burgers. Maybe someone could answer my most burning question about these. Can I microwave them at work? Or even at home? I don’t like to heat up my kitchen with the oven in 103 degrees (outdoors) in Texas, I don’t often fire up my grill, and I don’t typically even pull out a frying pan. You can call me lazy…… So, just wondering. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

Hey Betsy, Im sorry Im not sure as I dont own a microwave. Best of luck if you try it!

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Dawn Bilodeau June 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I would try the toaster oven over a microwave oven. I have an idea… you should try it, then let us know. I’m sure they’ll taste the same, although consistency might suffer a little bit… OR, cook them prior to freezing, let them cool before freezing and the microwave should be a breeze.

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Gwen @Simply Healthy Family August 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

What a great idea! I am making this top priority. Now I’ll be able to enjoy my veggie burgers on the go!

P.S. I am making your Portobella Pizzas tomorrow night and have a question about Nutritional Yeast for the Cashew Butter. How long does nut yeast last if kept in the fridge?

thanks!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

I think it lasts for a very long time. Mine has been good for months and months.

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saniel August 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

i did this when i was pregnant thinking that once the baby came there would be little to know time for good healthy meals. I would freeze then put the cooking instructions ziplock freezer bag in case my husband had any questions. Plus I cook a batch of beans & rice/quinoa/couscous weekly to add to other recipes during the week. I really helps when you need a quick recipe and i don’t like using canned anything!thanks

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Amanda August 13, 2012 at 6:03 am

Gosh this looks good!

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Simone August 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

This is great, thanks for sharing! I’ve been making your awesome burgers for awhile now, and I freeze them too. I just bake them all first, and then freeze in the zip lock. They’re great for work lunches because you just pop it out of the freezer and then it’s thawed for lunch…great with rice or quinoa!

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Moni Meals August 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

This is spectacular Ang! They look so good, almost like the fried ones from Subway which i do not eat but have before.

I must have Moni Cookies in the freezer at all times. ;)

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Jess August 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

I pre cook and then freeze my HM veggie burgers. This makes them not fall apart when you got o re cook them.

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Diane August 16, 2012 at 12:05 am

How do you pre cook them?

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Wendy Irene August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love the idea of freezing a large batch of veggie burgers. I have been buying too many boxed ones as well. Besides being expensive, I’m not a fan of the salt content in them. Thanks for always inspiring me!

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luv what you do August 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Those burgers look so fresh and incredible! I can’t wait to try them!

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Krista Grosvenor August 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

My boyfriend and I have switched to a vegan diet just over a month ago. We made these together last night and they were so yummy. Definately going to be a regular item in my new way of life. Thank you so much for your website. It has been my bible and guiding light over the last month. Thanks from 2 Canadians in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thank you Krista, I’m so happy to hear that! I love Scottsdale by the way! We will be visiting again next winter/spring and Im already excited.

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Diane August 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

Love your blog. I cook big batches of rice and (separately) beans in my oven while I’m either at work, or sleeping. My oven is programable. I’ll soak the beans overnight (in a big stock pot), dump the soak water and refill with fresh, put it all in the oven, and program the oven to cook for 2 hours at 300 degrees, turning itself off when done. By the time I get home, they are cooled and ready to drain and package up in ziplock baggies to freeze. I cook up a big casserole dish of rice each week in a similar way, which we then use to eat throughout the week.

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Nancy Brennan August 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

I agree, the recipe looks great, I can’t wait to try them! The quinoa salad looks yummy! Thank you!

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Liz August 21, 2012 at 7:16 am

I just made these veggie burgers last night and oh wow!! They ARE the perfect burgers, stick together perfectly and the nuts added nice flavor. I will def be making these again and again. Thanks for the recipe!

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Janelle September 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

Thank you for all your great recipes!!! I have two teenage girls heading back to school and i would like to put a bunch of lunches into the freezer. My picky daughter wants soups but she doesnt like beans, I have found in the past that potatoes and pasta go mushy in frozen soups once they are thawed. Do you know of any tips for freezing soups or any other options for frozen lunches?? Thanks

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hey Janelle, Sorry for the delayed reply! I missed your comment somehow.
What about freezing pesto? They make a great spread on a sandwich. Also casseroles and burritos tend to freeze well.

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Lindsay September 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

Delicious! Can’t wait to try these… So far my favorite dish to make ahead and freeze is Vegan Sheppard’s Pie, Veggie Chili and Soups… Many, many soups!

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Geralyn October 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

They not only look great they taste great! Just finished making a double batch and putting some in the fridge for dinner tonight and some in the freezer for the tailgate next week. I did replace the brown rice for quinoa and it worked perfect! Awesome recipe, love your site and your recipes!

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Claire Mathis October 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

How much longer do you suggest baking the frozen veggie burgers? I’ve tried baking mine a few times, but I haven’t found the perfect baking time. And I don’t want to thaw out the veggie burgers because I think it defeats the purpose of frozen convenience (call me lazy if you want lol).

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Unnolv November 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Glad to see you have so many lovely followers!
Yeas, don’t buy prefab. food. Buy organic and prepare everything yourself.
That way you know what you are eating.
Avoid the gm foods.
Personally I would use a dehydrator rater then a freezer. That way you maintain your nutrients and get a better pH balance.
Your doing a very good job of it! Good luck with the follow up.

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Shoba Shrinivasan March 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Angela,

Thats such an amazing idea Angela…It looks so yummy! You dont have enough freezer space. Left to me I would like to have a double door deep freeze…I freeze just about anything…from dals, to tikka gravy to bread dough…

Shobha

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christina August 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I love these. I sometimes add organic taco seasoning, black beans, and trader joes tomatoless corn salsa for a southwest flair, and then I will cook and crumble them over a salad for a taco salad type effect.

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winnie September 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

I make double batches of these Perfect Veggie Burgers and I actually cook them in a nonstick pan before freezing them. I dont like sunflower seeds so I use pecans or even chopped almonds and its still fabulous. I make a wonderful snack for my seventeen year old son with these by taking Romain lettuce leaves and smearing them with a mixture of Veganaise and nutritional yeast . I then lay thin strips of purple onion on the leaves and top it with the pan warmed veggie burgers cut into thick strips . Its refreshing on a warm day and if you like more crunch you can use double leaves. After trying many homemade veggie burger recipes these are hands down the best and I will never use any other now that I have found these!

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Jesika September 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

These are my favourite veggie burger recipe! I made one batch and just kept them in the fridge and used them within a few days, cooking them off the day I’d have them. I’m not sure if someone’s mentioned this, and I know you said you had trouble with these falling apart after freezing, so I cooked the next batch I made, let them all cool and come to room temperature, and then froze them. Just have to reheat them now, and even in the microwave the outside still has a bit of crispness too it. Just wanted to let you know another method that worked! I just had surgery on my wrist, and cooking is very difficult, so making these burgers ahead of time and freezing them has really been saving me from endless soup and take out! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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BYOL September 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

these look great! Gonna have to try them soon!

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Christine November 10, 2013 at 9:43 am

I never defrost my veggie burgers. I find they hold together better when cooking from a frozen state

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Rachel December 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I am constantly making double batches of things and freezing half of them, so my family can have fast and easy (and non-processed food) meals in the future! Soups, stews, curries, muffins, pancakes, waffles, etc. The one we use most is: fully cooking waffles in huge batches, freezing them, then popping them in the toaster for breakfast to defrost and heat them. So much better than store bought frozen waffles, cheaper, and I can control the ingredients and minimize sugar content, since I don’t like feeding my toddler a lot of sugar first thing in the morning.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

love this idea!

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Michelle February 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I’m so glad I stumbled across this recipe! My mouth is watering just looking at this recipe! I love freezing meals; for now I make basic breakfast burritos and freeze them for an easy grab-n-go in the morning. Can’t wait to make these this weekend!

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Sara February 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

I am adoring your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Soo June 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Hi I’ve been following your blog about two weeks now and it’s been an incredible inspiration. I have been living in the kitchen making all sorts of recipes, including a double batch of the chickpea burgers which taste amazing! Thank you for sharing all your recipes. We are not a vegan family, but due to my sons food allergies I’ve learned to cook so many things from scratch to safely feed him. In our journey to eliminating dairy egg and nuts from our diet I’ve founds that the vegan lifestyle just suits us. I especially appreciate how easy it is to navigate your site and the fact that you include nut free alternatives. I have already made so many of your recipes, all fantastic. THANK YOU!!!

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Dawn Bilodeau June 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I will definately have to try these “make ahead and freeze” ideas. I have a bunch of leftover cooked lentils I’m trying to use up. Supper has been served and I don’t have much time after work to make them fresh so this would be a great idea.

One of my favorite things I like to make ahead is homemade vegetable broth. As I go along my daily routine, making salads or soups or any other recipe, I put them ends or “bruised” produce in a ziplock baggie and freeze them. This includes broccoli ends, carrot ends, celery ends, etc. I may even buy some produce from the clearance section if they are jusst beyond ripe. Then I add my seasonings like garlic and herbs from the garden and boil it all for about an hour (or simmer for less). I always put my steamer basket in the bottom of the pan so when it’s time to clean it out, most of it comes out with the basket. This reduces the straining. Then I use empty yogurt containers or freeze in ice cube trays. WAY better than canned…

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Cindy November 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Burgers were delicious. I doubled the recipe and put them in the freezer. I cooked 4 and they were yummy. I’m going to try this recipe using black beans next time.

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Sally January 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

These were delicious! I froze a batch and they came out well. Has anyone tried to make fruit patties and if so can you share the recipe. We received a huge fruit hamper from igiftFRUITHAMPERS.com.au and need to use the fruit up :)

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sabrina March 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm

i was wondering how much of everything do i need ?

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Shirley Palmer June 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

Want to know if something other than brown rice can be used. Am on LCHF diet.. and can’t use b. rice

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Marga January 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

sign me up for recipes

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Sylvia December 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm

I made these and put them in the freezer. Then this morning took out some to thaw for dinner later (about 8 hours) I thawed them in the fridge.
Okay 8 hours later they were still solid as a rock!. They were quite thick so maybe that’s why. I had to leave them thawing, and won’t be able to use them til tomorrow night. Is it okay to leave food thawing so long in the fridge?

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