Healthy Burger Recipes for Veggie Burgers

Updated on July 1, 2016

Eating a vegetarian diet doesn't have to be boring. There are many great recipes out there for those of us who choose to be vegetarian.

Even those of us who do not follow a vegetarian diet can benefit from these recipes, however.

Statistics show that people who eat a vegetarian or no-meat diet at least 2 days per week are less prone to heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, and other maladies.

I found these recipes some time back on about.com and have revamped them to suit my own tastes in most cases. These were some of the top veggie burger recipes chosen by the general population. Some of them are featured at restaurants around the country.

Use these vegetarian recipes for burgers whether you are on a strictly vegetarian diet or if you just want to 'beef up' your non-vegetarian menus. These are delicious alternatives to meat burgers, fish burgers, or chicken burgers and are easy to make as well.

See tips for making mini-burgers (otherwise known as sliders) below - and also on how to make slider buns from regular buns.


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Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Burgers

Makes 4 regular sized burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium portobello mushrooms with stems removed
  • 1 medium sweet onion - cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt - divided - or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper - divided - or to taste
  • 1 avocado sliced - divided
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 roasted red peppers in a jar
  • 4 burger buns, slightly toasted

PREPARATION

  1. Brush mushrooms and onion slices with oil - sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt or to taste and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper or to taste.
  2. In a large skillet (or grill pan) over medium heat, add mushrooms and cook until tender (about 8-10 minutes). Turn once. Place mushrooms cavity side up on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  3. Add onions to skillet or grill pan and cook until golden - about 8 more minutes - turn every once in a while.
  4. Combine 1/2 of the avocado, yogurt, garlic and remaining salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mash and mix until smooth.
  5. Spoon onions and roasted peppers into the mushroom cavity x 4 mushrooms - divide equally.
  6. Spread avocado mixture on bottom of each bun - top each with stuffed mushrooms.
  7. Top with remaining sliced avocado. Cover with top bun.


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Black Bean Burgers

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained (or equivalent homemade, cooked)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced (or substitute red onion)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (or hot sauce)
  • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper if desired
  • 1/4 cup egg replacement (or 1 egg)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Olive oil or vegetable spray

PREPARATION

  1. Mash the beans in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing until well combined.

  2. Roll gently into mounded patties. Thumbprint center.

  3. Pan fry in olive oil or cooking spray - or fire up the grill and barbecue your black bean burgers using medium heat on grill rack sprayed with cooking spray.

Note: Substitute plain bread crumbs if desired for panko bread crumbs.

Use other kinds of beans for the black beans to taste and try shallots instead of pepper or onion.

PLAIN BLACK BEAN VARIATION

  • 1 15-ounce black beans, drained - or homemade beans
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 slices of bread, crumbled or spun in food processor to make crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic )
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (or herbs to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or cooking spray

PREPARATION

  1. Cook onions until soft - 3-5 minutes.
  2. Mash beans and combine rest of ingredients, adding cooked onions to mix. Add flour a few tablespoons at a time to combine until mixture is thick.
  3. Form into patties gently mounded, imprint center with thumb. Make patties about 1/2-inch thick if desired and fry in pan with olive oil 3-4 minutes per side or use cooking spray- or fire up the grill and grill on rack sprayed with cooking spray.

Black Bean Burgers

Cornmeal and Bean Burgers

Makes 6

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2-15 ounce cans of black beans rinsed, drained (or equivalent homemade beans)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal (regular or coarse)
  • 1/2 cup homemade or prepared salsa (or pico de gallo)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or minced garlic)
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • 6 hamburger buns

PREPARATION

  1. Process beans in a food processor or blender until starting to get smooth.
  2. Add flour, cornmeal, salsa, cumin and garlic, etc. Process until smooth.
  3. Make 6 balls and place on a large plate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours before cooking.
  4. Heat BBQ or a ridged grill pan over medium heat. Coat grill or pan lightly with olive oil or cooking spray.
  5. Form each ball into a 4-inch slightly mounded patty about 1/2-inch thick and press with thumb to imprint center.
  6. Place the patties on the grill or in the pan and cook until browned and heated through - about 4-5 minutes per side.

Potato, Corn, Carrot and Bean Burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of canned or homemade cooked beans - black, pinto, etc.
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 3 potatoes grated (or substitute sweet potato)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/8 cup or less egg substitute or part of an egg if needed to bind together (or substitute a bit of Greek yogurt)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray or olive oil

PREPARATION

  1. Mash beans and add remaining ingredients except for cooking spray - mix until well combined.
  2. Gently mound into patties. Thumbprint center with thumb.
  3. Cook each patty in a skillet with olive oil or coking spray - about 3 minutes per side. Or transfer to grill sprayed with cooking spray and cook over medium heat.

Note: Experiment with different beans in this recipe or substitute other vegetables that you can grate.

Also add a dash of spice or hot sauce if desired.

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Mushroom Vegetable Burgers

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (substitute cooking spray)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 cup diced fresh mushrooms of any kind or combination
  • 1-15 ounce can pinto beans (other beans or homemade cooked beans)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (substitute cilantro)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or vegetable spray for cooking

PREPARATION

  1. Cook onion and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes until the onions are soft. Add green onions, cumin and mushrooms. Cook for another 5 minutes until mushrooms are cooked. Set aside.
  2. Mash beans with a fork or potato masher or process in food processor or blender to mash.
  3. Add mushrooms to beans, add parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  4. Shape the mixture gently into rounded patties. Thumbprint the center. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil (or use cooking spray) in skillet and cook each patty until burgers are done - about 3-5 minutes per side. Or fire up the grill and place on rack sprayed with cooking spray and grill about 3-4 minutes per side.

Mushroom and Oat Burgers

Mushroom Burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds mushrooms - combination of multiple kinds or 1 kind
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan or other Italian cheese
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of egg substitute or 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley - or 1 teaspoon dried (substitute cilantro)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh (substitute basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Pepper to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large sauce or use cooking spray. Sauté mushrooms, onions and garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes. Most of the liquid should be burned off and the mushrooms should be sauteed.
  2. Combine mushroom mixture with oats, cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, and herbs, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Let sit for 15 minutes to develop flavor. Then gently shape into slightly rounded patties and thumbprint the center.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in skillet or use cooking spray. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes per side or until golden brown - or fire up the grill and cook on rack sprayed with cooking spray for the same amount of time.

Purely Vegetable Burgers with Tofu

Photo Credit: Flickr McKaySavage

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels - fresh, canned or frozen
  • 7 mushrooms, diced (any kind)
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1/2 red or yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small potato, grated (substitute sweet potato or yam)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup silken (soft) tofu
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

PREPARATION

  1. Using food processor or blender, process tofu until creamy and smooth - set aside.
  2. In skillet, sauté mushrooms, green onions, corn, and pepper in cooking spray or 1 tablespoon of olive oil about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cumin - cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the carrot, potato, tofu, salt and pepper.
  4. Add bread crumbs until mixture is holding together. Add more or less depending on texture.
  5. Shape into slightly rounded patties, imprint thumb in center and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours before cooking.
  6. Heat remaining olive oil or cooking spray in skillet or use on BBQ grill. Cook each patty until they are browned and cooked through - about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Note: Substitute regular bread crumbs for panko bread crumbs if desired.

Also substitute plain Greek yogurt for the tofu if desired.

Also substitute appropriate vegetables for any of the above.

Vegetable and Tofu Burgers

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 container firm or extra firm tofu - mashed
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • Pepper if desired
  • Olive oil or cooking spray

PREPARATION

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Gently form into slightly rounded patties. Thumbprint center.
  3. Cook patties in skillet with olive oil or cooking spray - or fire up the grill and cook on rack sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Cook about 10 minutes total or until brown and crisp.

Walnut and Lentil Veggie Burgers

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Carrot and Lentil Burger

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups cooked lentils (yellow, green or red) mashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (substitute cilantro)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil or vegetable spray

PREPARATION

  1. Sauté onion and carrot in the water until tender - 10 minutes.
  2. Drain off excess water.
  3. Combine the onion and carrot with the remaining ingredients except oil.
  4. Gently form into patties and thumbprint center.
  5. Fry in a lightly oiled or vegetable sprayed skillet until browned on both sides and heated through - 10 minutes - or grill on BBQ on rack sprayed with cooking spray for the same amount of time, flipping once.


Spicy Vegetable Protein Burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1-1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg, beaten )
  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached or whole wheat flour (or combination of both)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or cooking spray

PREPARATION

  1. Combine the vegetable protein and the vegetable broth in large bowl. Let the TVP rehydrate at least 15 minutes. All liquid should be absorbed. Drain any excess liquid.
  2. Combine the TVP with the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. If needed, add less or add more flour to get a sticky consistency like meat.
  3. Gently form the mixture into patties and thumbprint center.
  4. Cook in olive oil or cooking spray on the stove until lightly browned on both sides - or grill on rack sprayed with cooking spray.


Summing It Up

Whichever of these great recipes you choose to make vegetable burgers, you will be pleased. Don't be afraid to revamp them to your own tastes - add more spice or try different substitutions to get the veggie burger you like best!

Don't forget the sides and condiments! Part of the fun of eating a burger is all the trimmings that go along with it - but combine add-ons that will add to the veggie burger rather than detract from it flavor-wise.

When making the burgers, handle much the same as you would meat burgers - gently form into a bit of a rounded type patty. Overworking meat or vegetable burgers is what makes them come out odd shaped and tough.

Make a mounded sort of patty, slightly rounded on top and let sit before grilling or cooking. Instead of flattening them out, just place one thumbprint right in the center. This helps them flatten out evenly while cooking and retain a nice rounded shape while cooking.

Also substitute different kinds of buns for more flavor - or try using ciabatta rolls.

Making Mini-Burgers (or Sliders)

Roll the patties into walnut-sized or slightly larger sized patties. Follow the gentle handling directions above and thumbprint these mini-burgers also! They will flatten out and be perfectly shaped mini-burgers.

Need buns for your mini-burgers/sliders? Use regular hamburger buns and use a 1-1/2 inch biscuit cutter to cut through the regular sized bun to make smaller perfectly shaped buns.

Don't throw away the leftover bun - simply save, toast or let dry out and whir in the blender or food processor for bread crumbs.

How to Make Veggie Burgers

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      This is really delicious ..Thanks a lot for this great hub!

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      KLRomano 6 years ago from Small town OHIO

      Great recipes, I've been wanting to try making my own & stop buying the "boca" and "gardenburgers" can't wait to try these out!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much Sanjeeta for stopping by and the kind comment.

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      sanjeeta kk 7 years ago from India

      Wow! That is quite an information on burgers. Nice clicks.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      You can always do what I do with Bob and tofu....disguise it - ha! He always finds out....thanks for commenting, Holle!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love veggie burgers, but Johnny wants dead cow! lol. some great ideas here!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Katie - glad I could give you more recipes....I think I grow recipes but that's part of the fun (for me). I love the portobello one although I can't eat avocados much and I surely love them! Thanks for stopping by!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh thank you so much for this beautiful vegetarian burger recipes tribute. I'm a vegetarian and burgers are one of my favorite foods, the veggie kind, the black bean recipe you highlighted is a fave of mine, the rest are fabulous, def gonna bookmark this and rate it everything good, hoping this wins as it's hands down a winner in my book. Peace and THANKS, :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Peggy W - oh yeah! That's my favorite too although a couple of the vegetable ones are really good!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That top one...the portobello mushroom avacado burger looks best to me. Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, it does doesn't it?

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      msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Thanks for sharing these great recipes. That portabella mushroom burger looks yummy!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Pamela - It sure made me hungry doing it!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great recipes and the pictures looked very appetizing. This is very good hub on vegetarian eating.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wonderful hub on healthy eating, I only wish I have the veggie burger right here. awesom

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Sandy!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice selection of vegetarian recipes.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      HH - Me too - I actually tried being a vegetarian in my youth (about 1000 years ago). I don't know why but it certainly did not agree with me and I was sicker than I ever was in my entire life. Now I just dabble in vegetarian recipes - it is good for us (Bob and I) about once or twice a week so I try to make us do it. It is even better if you can actually stomach the recipes! These are very, very good which is wonderful...why is that everything we love is so dang bad for us?

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I was kinda getting there right before the sucker punch....I even have the vision of you standing there going 'nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah' and sticking your fingers in your ears!

      It's okay - there are a couple of other foods that don't like me either but I refuse to let it keep me from my appointed recipes!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      These are luscious recipes, Audrey, unbelievably realistic graphics and extremely informative videos. But I can't eat anything from your menus. My body won't allow me to eat vegetables and healthy food. It becomes unruly and rebellious and the only way I can quiet it is to quickly scarf a few chocolate chip cookies.

      Did you see that one coming, hubbuddy?

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Gosh, I am worn out reading them. Thanks but not I need my meat.

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