Monday, January 28, 2013

Veggie Sliders & 10 More Healthy Superbowl Recipes

So, it seems there is a football game happening on Sunday. And that is about all I know about that. I don't know who is playing, but I do know you may be spending the day eating good food with friends, and I'm all for that. Since Yummy Hubby once said that sliders are "nature's perfect food" (what???) I decided to create a healthier version of these cutie burgers. 

Superbowl Sunday should be filled with delicious snacks, but they don't have to ruin your new year's resolutions. These mini burgers are flavorful and plant strong - much more nutritious than the average ketchup and mustard burger. The flavors are Mediterranean-inspired with chickpeas, dill, parsley, and tahini. Cucumber is added in for crunch and smashed avocado on top holds it all together. 

What are your weekend plans? Monday isn't too early to start planning, is it? 
Don't forget to check out the other yummy Superbowl recipes below this recipe. 

Veggie Garbanzo Bean Sliders
printer friendly recipe

makes about 8 sliders

1/2 yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large clove garlic
2 tablespoons fresh dill, loosely packed
2 tablespoons tablespoons fresh parsley, loosely packed
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 (15 oz.) can or 2 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 small container tahini (available at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

8 slider buns, toasted  
1 Persian cucumber, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced (optional)
1-2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Place onion, garlic, herbs, and carrots in a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are chopped. Add beans, 1 tablespoon tahini, salt, egg, and breadcrumbs and pulse until combined and beans are just slightly chunky. If mixture is too dry to form patties, add a little more tahini or water. Form patties and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes, carefully flipping once.

Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of tahini over each bottom bun. Place patties on top. Top patties with cucumber, tomatoes, and onion slices. The cucumber adds crunch to the softer patties, so don't skip them. Slightly mash avocado flesh with a spoon and then spread it on the top buns.

Want more game day recipes? Here are some favorites! 

Wasabi Bloody Mary from A Beautiful Mess

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites from Eat Yourself Skinny (Pictured above. Image copyright Kelly Hunt)

7 Layer Pizza Cups from Bev Cooks

Caramelized Onion Tartelettes from Cooking Light

Creamy Ranch Style Dip from Cooking Light

Healthy 7 Layer Dip from Good Housekeeping

Black Bean Salsa from Better Homes & Gardens

Quinoa Spinach Mac & Cheese from Two Peas & Their Pod

Broccoli and Cheddar Skinny Potato Skins from SkinnyTaste

Vegan Peanut Butter Whipped Cream from Family Fresh Cooking

Game Face Football Cookies from Munchkin Munchies


  1. My kind of slider! Love!

  2. Wooow!
    It's delicious...

  3. These look AMAZING Marina!! And thank you so much for sharing my recipe, you are the sweetest! xoxo

  4. Love your little sliders, these are perfect game food!

  5. I agree with Yummy Hubby---sliders are awesome. I love the avocado mash on the bun, and even though I haven't a clue about who what or where is happening on Sunday, I'd watch the whole thing if it meant getting a few of these sliders :)

  6. This looks really yummy,,,and healthy of course.

  7. Your sliders sound so flavorful! I think they need to be part of my line-up on Sunday:) Thanks so much for including my football cookies on your list, Marina! You're too sweet:) <3

  8. I've never had a slider but am about to try! Thank you fo sharing your yummy recipes.

  9. That's exactly how I feel about the superbowl-Aside from the food, not so much interest ;)

  10. I'm so relieved to see healthy game day recipes I can't even tell you!

  11. This motivates me to put together a 'lil something for the hubbs and son. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I would be more than happy to eat all of these since they are healthy!!!

  13. Anonymous9:57 PM

    I love your blog, I forward so many of your recipes on to my 5 daughters. I made the lemon curd and lavender cup cakes for a shower for one of the daughters and they were the hit of the day.

  14. Great roundup and I'm always looking for a good veggie burger recipe, this looks really good :)

  15. These veggie sliders look fantastic & definitely a healthy addition to the big spread we will all indulge in. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the game!

  16. The recipes look really wonderful. I am also a big fan of healthy food and so I decided to try some delicious organic dishes prepared in one of the restaurants in our neighborhood called the Magic Oven. We fell in love with the food they serve, it's quickly delivered, healthy and so quite naturally it was our first choice but, of course, my favorite avocado dessert that I traditionally prepare every year will remain an inseparable part of our Super Bowl night this year as well. :)

  17. I'm making these tomorrow, they look SO good! Question about the tahini, is this tahini paste OR tahini sauce? Just curious, I don't use it that often! Thank you! Love your blog by the way.

    1. Hi Monica, I used tahini sauce from Trader Joe's :)

      I hope you like them!


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