Healthy Dollar Menu


If you’ve been tempted by the dollar menu at your local drive-thru, you’re not alone. McDonald’s recently reported a 2.5% increase in sales thanks to that famous menu. Unfortunately, low prices tend to go hand-in-hand with low nutritional value. But here’s the good news: we’ve come up with a delicious competitor.

Our organic veggie burger is easy to make, healthy, filling and cheap! The patty itself is only a dollar (less if you choose conventional ingredients), and there’s more than one way to serve it. Keep in mind that the cost may vary slightly depending on where you shop and the brands you choose.

  • Organic Veggie Burger Patty: $1
  • Organic Veggie Burger Patty, Open Faced on Organic Sprouted Grain Bun: $1.40
  • Organic Veggie Burger Patty on Organic Sprouted Grain Bun: $1.80
  • Organic Veggie Burger Patty on top of One Cup of Organic Mixed Greens: $1.95

Veggie Burger Patty
Makes 4 patties 
1 c. uncooked organic brown rice
2 Tbsp. organic olive oil, separated
1/2 organic red onion, chopped
2 organic garlic cloves
1/4 lb. organic cremini mushrooms
2.5 c. cooked organic black beans*
1/2 tsp. organic chili powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
*It’s cheaper to buy dry beans and cook them yourself than to buy beans by the can.

Cook brown rice per the instructions on the package. Heat 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is transparent. Add mushrooms and sauté until soft and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Place 3/4 of your black beans in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add mushroom mixture, brown rice, chili powder and sea salt. Pulse until coarsely mixed together. Empty contents of food processor into a bowl and gently stir in the remaining black beans. With slightly wet hands, form mixture into four patties.

Heat remaining oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the patties on each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Serve with your favorite condiments such as whole grain mustard, organic ketchup, sauerkraut, sriracha, or olive oil and vinegar.

Have it your way.

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  1. I love this recipe! It’s so hard to find frozen veggie burgers that are gluten free or don’t have a laundry list of ingredients. This is also a such a great idea for using up left over rice.

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