Best Veggie Burger We’ve Ever Made

This is the most delicious veggie burger recipe we’ve made. These taste amazing and are packed with vegetables, with nearly 1 cup of veggies in every burger.

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I’m planting my flag and calling these the best veggie burgers. Have you ever noticed that most veggie burger recipes are almost 100% beans?

I love a good bean burger, but I wanted to pack in as many veggies as possible for this recipe, and we did it! We add more than 8 cups of vegetables to this recipe, which means 1 cup of veggies for every burger.

How to make veggie burgers that are hearty, flavorful and full of vegetables.

Key Ingredients

  • Vegetables: I add mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, onion, garlic, and spinach to these burgers. I’m not trying to imitate a meat burger for this recipe (that discredits how delicious vegetables can be). Instead, we will use lots of tasty and nutritious vegetables to make the burger patties.
  • Black beans: This recipe uses one can of drained black beans as the base. That’s about 1 ½ cups of beans added to our 8 cups of vegetables! You can also use home cooked black beans.
  • Walnuts: I want lots of texture in the burgers, and walnuts help with that. They also add some sticking power and richness. You can substitute the walnuts in this recipe for other nuts or use sunflower seeds.
  • Breadcrumbs: Help hold our burgers together. Veggie and bean burgers don’t hold together as well as meat burgers, but the breadcrumbs in this recipe help a lot!
  • Eggs or flax eggs: I make this recipe with eggs, but we have tested it with homemade flax eggs, and they work! This recipe is vegetarian when made with eggs and vegan with flax eggs. Use what works best for you.
  • Spices and tomato paste: Smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper combine to make these burgers a little smoky and incredibly delicious. Tomato paste adds color, sweetness, and an umami flavor to the burgers (highly recommended!).
  • Cooked rice: Adds more texture to the veggie burgers. I love brown rice, but you can substitute plain rice, cooked quinoa, or grains like farro or barley.

How to Make Veggie Burgers

These homemade veggie burgers take longer to prepare than regular burgers, but they are worth it (trust me). See our easy black bean burgers if you want a quick plant-based burger patty!

To make the best homemade veggie burgers, we will take every step to remove excess moisture. Too much moisture makes vegetable patties soft, smooshy, and not great. So, to remove it, we do two things:

  1. Finely chop and roast the veggies until dried out and toasted.
  2. Roast black beans until dried out and the skins split open.

To make these veggie burgers as simple as possible, I use my food processor to finely chop all my vegetables (remember, we have 8 cups). I add all the veggies, a bit of oil, and spices, then pulse until tiny bits.

Veggie burger ingredients in food processor

Then, I spread the vegetables onto a baking sheet and roast them until they cook, dry out, and smell a little toasty. They take about 30 minutes in the oven.

Finely chopped vegetables ready to roast for veggie burgers.

Since the oven is already on, we want to dry our black beans. They take about 15 minutes. Then, we will combine the black beans with roasted veggies, fresh spinach, walnuts, breadcrumbs, eggs, tomato paste, and fresh herbs in the food processor to make the base of our vegetable patties.

Roasting the beans for about 15 minutes so they split open and dry out a bit.

When blended, I transfer everything to a bowl, then stir in cooked brown rice. I love the extra texture of the rice! See my photo below. The spinach and herbs make these veggie burgers so pretty, and the rice adds perfect texture.

Homemade Veggie Burger Patties showing how many vegetables there are added to the mixture.

How to Cook Veggie Burgers

Cooking these homemade vegetable burgers is easy. No matter how you cook them, take care as you handle them. They hold up well but are less firm than burgers made with meat. Some crumbling around the edges might happen when you flip. I push anything that falls back into the patty. To cook these burgers, you have a few options:

  • Stovetop: Use a skillet over medium-low heat and cook until golden on both sides. This is my preferred method. I love the golden crust you get when cooking them in a skillet.
  • Oven: To bake them, use a 400°F oven for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Grill: To grill these veggie burgers, I recommend placing a cast iron pan onto your grill. The burgers might fall apart on you if you put them directly on the grates.

Storing Homemade Veggie Burgers

Cooked veggie burgers last, in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. To freeze the patties, cook them, cool them, and then wrap them individually in foil and place them into a freezer-safe container or bag.

To reheat the frozen patties, bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Or reheat the frozen patties over medium-low heat in a skillet for 5 to 10 minutes per side or until heated through.

You can refrigerate the uncooked veggie burger mixture for up to 24 hours before forming and cooking the patties. (I prefer freezing cooked patties.)

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These are the best veggie burgers we’ve made. There’s no getting around the fact that veggie burgers take longer to make than regular hamburgers, but these vegetable-packed burgers are well worth it (trust me). The steps are easy, so stick with me. You can do this!

I use a food processor to make veggie burgers and highly recommend that you use one, too. If you only have a blender, you can use it to chop the veggies and other ingredients, but you will need to scrape the sides down a few more times (the food processor really is the better tool for this recipe).

Makes 8

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You Will Need

1 (15-ounce) can black beans or 1 ½ cups cooked black beans

8 ounces (225g) mushrooms

1 medium carrot

1 ½ cups (85g) broccoli florets

1/4 medium onion

2 medium garlic cloves

2 tablespoons (30g) olive oil or avocado oil, plus more for cooking

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder, try homemade chili powder

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/3 cup (35g) walnuts

2 cups packed (85g) spinach leaves

1/4 cup fresh parsley, or other fresh herbs

1/2 cup (35g) panko or homemade breadcrumbs

2 large eggs or use 2 homemade flax eggs

1 tablespoon (15g) tomato paste

3/4 cup (115g) cooked brown rice

Directions

  • Prepare Veggies and Beans
  • 1Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). Position two racks so you can fit both baking sheets in at once. Then, line two baking sheets with foil, parchment, or a silicone mat.

    2Drain the beans and spread them on one of the prepared baking sheets.

    3Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Remove tough stems, then roughly chop.

    4Roughly chop up the carrot, broccoli, and onion into 1/2-inch pieces.

    5Add the mushrooms, chopped vegetables, garlic, olive oil, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the food processor. Pulse until coarsely ground (10 to 20 times). Put the ground vegetable mixture on the second baking sheet and pat it into a thin, even layer.

    6Slide both baking sheets (beans and veggies) into the preheated oven.

    7Roast the beans until dry with slightly split skins, about 15 minutes.

    8Roast the vegetables until they look dry and toasted, about 30 minutes. Stir them a few times and press them back into a thin layer to prevent the outer edges from over-browning.

    9Let both the roasted vegetables and beans cool on the counter.

  • Make Burger Mix
  • 1While the beans and vegetables roast, rinse the food processor bowl and pat it dry.

    2Place the walnuts, spinach, and fresh parsley into the clean food processor bowl. Pulse briefly until roughly chopped, resembling the size of breadcrumbs.

    3Add cooled beans and pulse 5 to 10 times until the beans look crumbly with large crumbs.

    4Add the roasted vegetables, breadcrumbs, eggs, and tomato paste. Pulse until everything is just combined. You want to keep some texture and avoid over-processing it into a smooth paste.

    5Transfer the mixture to a bowl and gently fold in the cooked rice.

  • Cook Burgers
  • 1Divide the veggie burger mixture into 8 equal portions (each portion should be about 3 ¼ ounces or 90 grams). Form each portion into a patty that’s about 1/2-inch thick.

    2Place a skillet over medium-low heat and add oil (about 1 tablespoon for 4 burgers). Carefully place the patties in the skillet and cook on each side for 4 to 6 minutes until heated through, firm, and browned. As you flip them, a few bits might fall. Gently press any loose bits back into the sides of the patties.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to cook brown rice: Forget the package directions and cook it like you would pasta. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, add the brown rice, and then let it cook, uncovered, at a simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and add it back to the pot off the heat with a lid covering it so it steams for an additional 10 minutes (this method is from Saveur, making perfect brown rice.)
  • Vegan/egg-free veggie burgers: Use 2 homemade flax eggs. See this recipe for how to make flax eggs.
  • Make ahead: You can keep the burger mixture or formed patties in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Alternatively, you can form, cook, and freeze the patties for up to 3 months.
  • Baking the burgers: Lightly brush with oil, then bake at 400°F for about until the patties are golden on the outside, about 30 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Grilling the burgers: Cooking them directly on BBQ grates can cause them to crumble. Use a cast-iron skillet with some oil to cook the burgers on the grill (indirect, medium heat is best).
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 burger patty (no bread/cheese/toppings) / Calories 188 / Protein 8.3g / Carbohydrate 22.7g / Dietary Fiber 5.4g / Total Sugars 2.8g / Total Fat 8g / Saturated Fat 1.3g / Cholesterol 46.5mg / Sodium 321.2mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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  • Oneeka May 21, 2024, 9:41 am

    Your black bean burger recipes looks delicious, packed with wonderful veggies. I will be trying this and try cooking them on a bbq. Thanks

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  • Carol O'Shea May 16, 2024, 6:36 pm

    Re. your tip for cooking brown rice. I have never been satisfied with the way I’ve done this in the past. Your tip didn’t make clear whether the rice was added from the beginnng into cold water or added to boiling water as per most instructions. Could you clarify, please. Thank you

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    • Joanne May 17, 2024, 12:09 pm

      Hi Carol, I add it to boiling water, just like cooking pasta.

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  • Loraine April 21, 2024, 3:25 pm

    Can cilantro be used instead of parsley? Has anyone used dried parsley?

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    • Joanne April 21, 2024, 3:49 pm

      Hi Loraine, You can use cilantro instead of the parsley.

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  • Nelia Freitas April 10, 2024, 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have been experimenting with veggie burger recipes for years and this one is by far the best one I have come across. It holds so well together and tastes amazing. Even my meat eating partner loved it. Definitely five stars.

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    • Adam April 10, 2024, 1:55 pm

      What a wonderful review! 🙂

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  • Elisa March 19, 2024, 1:26 am

    Adam and Joanne–This veggie burger recipe is AMAZING and DELICIOUS! I have to mention that I did modify the recipe because I didn’t have broccoli, so I added zucchini. In my rush to combine the ingredients, I forgot to add the egg, bread crumbs, and tomato paste. LOL! I also did not place the mixture in the oven before molding the patties, but after I created the patties, I placed them in the oven at 200 degrees until each side was brown like a regular cooked pattie. I wish I could show you the end result, but there is no link to attach images. I already received requests to make them again. Thank you!

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    • Adam April 10, 2024, 1:52 pm

      Hi Elisa, Thank you so much for coming back to let us know you loved it 🙂

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  • Linda March 14, 2024, 5:32 pm

    My 1st time ever making veggie burgers and I’m so glad I used this recipe. Delish!!!

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    • Adam March 18, 2024, 12:39 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a review 🙂

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  • Barbara March 9, 2024, 1:27 pm

    Great recipe with clean ingredients! I will make again but omit rice and substitute with homemade Ezekiel crumbs for Panko and rice. Might even try some organic toasted oats as a binder.

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    • Joanne April 17, 2024, 6:10 pm

      Hi Barbara, Thanks for coming back and letting us know. Love your substitutions.

      Reply
  • Nicolas Hancock February 18, 2024, 12:19 pm

    Actually my favorite meal. With homemade burger buns, amazing!!!

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  • michelle February 4, 2024, 9:32 am

    Hey! These look delicious! Have you tried making them with quinoa? Thanks!

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    • Joanne April 17, 2024, 6:09 pm

      Hi Michelle, We have not, but it should definitely work! Other commenters have used quinoa with success.

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  • Pelin January 16, 2024, 2:34 pm

    I don’t have a kitchen scale so I messed up the ratios and also only had 150 g of beans but this amazing recipe still resulted in great burgers! The patties, although a little too green, held themselves together so well. Thank you so much!

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  • Christine December 18, 2023, 2:34 pm

    This is not a review but a question, I found your site and saw this veggie burger recipe and would like to try it but I have some Lupins in brine I want to use could these be used in place of the black beans? If you think they would work would I need to follow the same instructions in the section where they are to be baked..thanks

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    • Joanne December 18, 2023, 3:50 pm

      Hi Christine, You should be able to use them in this recipe. Keep in mind that the beans we use in our recipe are already cooked, then dried out in the oven.

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  • Brad & Carol December 11, 2023, 9:58 pm

    Ummmm…ummm GREAT! Flavorful, hearty, heathy. The recipe and tips were perfect; concise, complete, thorough. Takes some time for the prep, but well worth it. Glad that I trusted you that the veggie burgers are the BEST! Will be checking your site for future recipes. THANKS!!

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