This is the veggie burger supreme - the easiest and MOST ECONOMICAL burger of all. A single medium-sized eggplant (together with the usual trimmings) feeds a family of six. Use whatever types of cheese and burger toppings to suit your family's taste.

Recipe Summary

prep:
7 mins
cook:
7 mins
total:
14 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 burgers
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the eggplant slices on a plate, and cook in the microwave for about 5 minutes, or until the centers are cooked.

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  • Melt margarine in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry eggplant slices until lightly toasted on each side, and place one slice of cheese onto each one. Cook until cheese has melted, and remove from the skillet.

  • Place eggplant on hamburger buns, and allow each person to top with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles, and dress with ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

Nutrition Facts

418 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 52.8g 17% DV; fat 18.8g 29% DV; cholesterol 27.9mg 9% DV; sodium 1720.3mg 69% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2007
This recipe as stated does not deserve 4 stars. The idea is good but the recipe should be stated for ONE serving and leave it up to the cook to multiply. Secondly thick slices of eggplant first microwaved then fried do not work. The eggplant turns out too mushy. In each sanwich I would prefer to use 2 or 3 thinner slices that have been "oven fried" so there is a crispness to them. Avoid the use of too much mustard! Try using PepperJack cheese to give it some zing and toast the rolls. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2010
This was a quick easy way to have eggplant for dinner but not sure I'd serve for company. Read More
(5)
142 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 56
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2007
This recipe as stated does not deserve 4 stars. The idea is good but the recipe should be stated for ONE serving and leave it up to the cook to multiply. Secondly thick slices of eggplant first microwaved then fried do not work. The eggplant turns out too mushy. In each sanwich I would prefer to use 2 or 3 thinner slices that have been "oven fried" so there is a crispness to them. Avoid the use of too much mustard! Try using PepperJack cheese to give it some zing and toast the rolls. Read More
(135)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2006
I did two batches of this recipe one like the reviewers suggested with a shorter cooking time and it tasted wonderful. The second batch i cooked the as long as the author suggested and it tasted much much better. Having made too much i ended up with leftovers. So today i came back home too tired to heat the food so i ate it cold in a pita with a tiny bit of hummos and leftover slices of tomato. It was amazing. This is a wonderful recipe. It just gets better and better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2006
I was looking for a lower fat option when the rest of the family wanted grilled hamburgers. I cut these the same size as the hamburger patties sprayed a little cooking spray on them seasoned just like the patties and put them on the grill for about 5 minutes. I may never eat another hamburger! Amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2006
Very good. Ate them on pita with garlic mayo tomatoes and mozz cheese. Would recommend micro-ing only 1-2 minutes to keep slices firm. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2008
Good burgers. I coated them in flour/wheat germ/ cajun spice seasoning and fried them. Only microwaved them for 2min. I made a garlic and herb mayo for them and omitted ketchup and mustard. Ate with tomato lettuce relish and fried onions on toasted whole wheat buns. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2006
I was skeptical about how flavorful these burgers could be but I decided to try them after reading all the positive comments. I was pleasantly surprised (and am still mystified) by the amount of flavor even without adding any seasonings. This is not to say it has a beefy flavor like a regular hamburger but for what it is it is very good. Cheap and simple to make although I can't figure out how to keep the eggplant slices from soaking up the oil/butter. I will use this recipe in the future for most of my burger cravings - it is cheaper easier and healthier! One warning: the eggplant burgers are not as good the next day even if you warm them up and put toppings on them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2006
After my boyfriend got through ranting "where's the MEAT???!!!" He told me he really liked these. I thought they were quite delicious as well. I took one of the reviewer's suggestions and used pepper jack with that & the bite of raw onions they were quite tasty. My honey did say the meal was a bit light for him & should have fries or tots as a side. I would suggest 2 minutes instead of 5 in the microwave. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
I made this yesterday for my 4 y/o and I and we both gobbled them up! Very easy to prepare but I skipped the microwaving as it made them too mushy. Wonderful idea and a great choice for our first eggplant experience:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2003
My fiance and I have never had eggplant before and were a little skeptical that it could make good burgers. WE BOTH LOVED THEM!!! We each had 2 burgers and I will make this alot from now on!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2010
This was a quick easy way to have eggplant for dinner but not sure I'd serve for company. Read More
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