• Category: Heart Health, Eyes
  • Meal: Snack
  • Main Ingredients: Pumpkin, Red Bell Pepper, Frozen Corn
  • Servings: Makes 6

Looking for a healthy recipe for Meatless Monday? Make a creative, spicy burger using a seasonal food – pumpkin! These have less fat and a lot more fiber than your beef or turkey versions


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped finely
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup wheat germ, toasted
  • ½ cup dry whole grain breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a sauté pan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, pepper, corn, garlic and chili powder and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove and place into a bowl. Add the pumpkin purée, cheese, wheat germ and breadcrumbs. Mix together and form into ½ -inch thick patties. Heat the remaining olive oil (you may need a drizzle more than 1 teaspoon) in a pan and cook the patties until browned on each side – about 4 minutes per side. Serve in warmed corn tortillas or on brioche rolls with a dollop of salsa, guacamole and light sour cream.

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