The Ultimate Veggie Burger

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I’m not keen on converting classic meat dishes into meatless ones by any means, but when it comes to veggie burgers, I just can’t stop exploring the combinations. It took me quite a while to hit the perfect texture, and I have to tell you – it isn’t about the veggie you choose as a base, the spices you use or the grains you combine for texture.

 

To show you the secret to the perfect veggie burger, I would tell you one single word – roast. There is no other cooking method to better enhance the flavor and get the most out of your veggies than roasting them.

 

Smoky flavor, succulent and chewy texture – this is what everybody’s expecting when taking a greedy bite from a veggie burger.

 

The main ingredients for a veggie burger are practically the same every time, but it’s the cooking method that really turns things upside down. Roasting your veggies is definitely a must, and although I personally prefer baking my patties because it’s the healthiest way to go, lightly frying or grilling will enhance your burger taste.

 

As for the ingredients, here are the basic foods to have on hand when thinking about putting together a veggie burger:

Beet-Roots

vegetables as base – beet roots, sweet potatoes, eggplants, mushrooms, corn, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes.

grains, legumes, or cereals to give texture – rolled oats, millet, bulgur, sprouted wheat berries, lentils, chickpea, beans, quinoa.

seeds or nuts to add more texture and nutritive value – sunflower, pumpkin, flax or chia seeds, hemp hearts, walnuts, hazelnuts.

garlic, onion, and different spices (cumin, turmeric, curry, aromatic herbs) for flavor.

eggs or egg substitutes for keeping all the above together.

Veggie-Burger

The burger I made today has it all – texture, succulence, delicious dressing, fries and tons of healthy stuff (you could tell this just by looking at its gorgeous colors). This veggie burger is made with beets and quinoa.

 

The dressing is a delicious and zingy combination of avocado, tahini, and lime, and it’s topped with baked sweet potato fries, all packed in a puffy wholemeal and buckwheat bun.

 

Take a look at this nourishing yumminess:

beets have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detox properties (I add beets to my smoothies and my Ruby Detox Elixir, it’s so nourishing!).

quinoa is a great source of quality proteins, but also minerals like manganese, magnesium, and zinc.

sweet potatoes are one of the richest foods in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A by our cells.

avocado is packed with minerals, but also healthy fats that increase the intake of the beta-carotene from sweet potatoes (by the way, you should always combine orange and purple veggies with a healthy fat – olive oil, nuts, seeds, or avocado, to facilitate better absorption of the antioxidants).

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Quinoa-Beet-Burger

I baked the veggie patties in the oven, but you can grill or fry them in a few drops of coconut oil. The whole process might look quite complicated, but it’s all about good planning of every step to have all the food ready at the same time.

 

They are pretty hearty, so you would be just fine with only one burger.

 

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The Ultimate Veggie Burger
 
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Crispy on the outside, succulent and smoky-flavored on the inside, combined with delicious avocado-tahini sauce and baked sweet potato fries – this recipe has everything you would expect from a burger.
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the Burgers
  • 2 cups beet root, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup red quinoa (white is just as fine), cooked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp wholemeal bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • For the Dressing
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • For the Fries
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in ¼-inch long slices, then ¼-wide inch strips
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • For assembling
  • 4 Wholemeal buns
  • 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 175°C/357°F.
  2. Place the beet root cubes on a lined baking tin, rub with olive oil and roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Place the roasted beets in a food processor and pulse two or three times - you need some texture for the burgers, so make sure you don't mash them completely.
  5. Transfer the beets into a large bowl, add all the other ingredients and stir to combine. If the texture is too mushy add more bread crumbs until you obtain the desired consistency.
  6. With slightly wet hands, shape the burgers and place them on a lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes on one side, then flip over and bake for 15 more minutes.
  8. Place the sweet potato strips on a lined baking sheet, rub with olive oil, than sprinkle with cornmeal and toss to combine.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. They will be ready in the same time with the burgers.
  10. While the burgers are baking, prepare the dressing.Place all the ingredients in the food processor and process to obtain a creamy sauce.
  11. Assemble the burgers immediately after removing from the oven.
  12. Cut the bun in halves, spread bun bases with dressing, add the beet burger and sweet potato fries, top generously with avocado dressing, parsley and put on the bun top.
  13. Serve immediately.
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94 Comments
  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 25, 2014

    Hands down the best veggie burger I have seen. You definitely can consider I will be recreating your recipe Ana, craving one of these burgers to devour right now!

    • Ana
      October 27, 2014

      Hey, Thalia, thanks! I’m sure you’ll love the taste, it became a favorite in my kitchen since I first made it. PS – I love your photo, you are so beautiful and elegant. Hugs, Ana

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl
    October 25, 2014

    Wow, you win for the prettiest veggie burger I’ve ever seen. Calling it ‘ultimate’ fits. Love all of those flavors too…Inspired!

    • Ana
      October 27, 2014

      So happy I inspired you with my recipe! Thanks for visiting!

      • Judi
        August 12, 2016

        Hi,
        These look fantastic. I’m almost done making my first batch. Quick question. If I wanted to freeze half the batch, would I be better off baking them and then freezing or freezing raw and defrosting to bake?? Thanks

        • Ana
          August 16, 2016

          Hey Judi, I didn’t try to freeze them because we always eat all of them the same day :), the recipe is a favorite in my kitchen! However, I think freezing them raw would work best, because the ingredients are fresh and you preserve most of their nutrients for the next baking batch.

  • fareseason
    October 26, 2014

    Soo pretty! One great recipe to eat the rainbow.

    • Ana
      October 27, 2014

      Thanks, Nicole! It’s exactly what I wanted, a way to inspire for including more colorful veggies in our diet. Your veggie recipes are lovely!

  • Coach Pete
    October 28, 2014

    Awesome – definitely will be passing this on to my clients!!!

    • Ana
      October 29, 2014

      Thanks, Pete, that’s great!

  • eva@myfrontburner
    October 30, 2014

    I love veggie burgers and these look amazing. Great photos too.

    • Ana
      October 31, 2014

      Thanks so much, Eva! They also taste amazing 😉

  • The Blonde Chef
    October 30, 2014

    This looks incredible! I love finding new beet burger recipes, and this one looks like a keeper! Can’t wait to try!

    • Ana
      October 31, 2014

      So happy that you liked the photos! Le me know how the burgers turned out!

  • Karen
    November 6, 2014

    Beautiful burger! I’ve been looking for the perfect beet burger recipe and now I think I’ve found it. Thank you!
    I am assuming the 1/2 cup of quinoa is cooked correct ?

    • Ana
      November 6, 2014

      Yes, it’s cooked quinoa, and it can be replaced with cooked brown rice, same quantity (for the times when you don’t have quinoa in your pantry). Let me know how it turns out!

  • kitta
    November 10, 2014

    hi,can i have the recipe for the “bun” ?

    • Ana
      November 11, 2014

      Sure!
      Here are the ingredients (for 6-8 buns):
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1 cup buckwheat flour
      1 tsp active dry yeast
      1 tsp unrefined sugar
      2 tbsp ground flax seeds
      1 tbsp virgin olive oil
      1 tsp sea salt
      1/2 cup filtered water
      1/2 cup warm vegan milk of choice

      Instructions:
      Mix the yeast with sugar and let dissolve in a small bowl with the filtered water for five minutes, to activate it.
      In a large bowl mix the flours with salt and ground flax.
      Transfer into the food processor bowl, add the olive oil, vegan milk and dry yeast mixture and process to obtain an elastic dough.
      Grease the large bowl with olive oil and transfer the dough into the bowl.
      Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for at least 30 minutes.
      Heat the oven at 200°C/392°F.
      Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the buns and line them on the sheet. Let rise for another 15 minutes.
      Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature at 175°C/347°F and bake for 30 minutes.
      Let cool completely before slicing.

      *This is a vegan version. For the vegetarians – just replace the ground flax with one organic egg. You can use an egg white to brush the buns top and sprinkle with mixed seeds that will stick on the buns while baking.

  • Sara @ Don't Feed After Midnight
    November 15, 2014

    That looks totally amazing and there isn’t a single ingredient I don’t love. Pinned to try very soon – thank you!

    • Ana
      November 15, 2014

      Thanks, Sara, let me know how it turns out! You can “veganise” it by replacing the egg with 2 tbsp ground flax seed soaked in water.

  • Sharon
    November 17, 2014

    I’m a vegetarian, and this burger sounds amazing! I’m going to be making this recipe in the very new future for certain. I’m always looking out for new recipe ideas for a good veggie burger and this one just sounds (and looks) simply delicious. Also, we’re very much on the same page in regards to health and ‘healthy’ ingredients which is a huge plus. Can’t wait to try this!!

    • Ana
      November 18, 2014

      The burger is versatile and you can assemble it with different combination, but the roasted beets make it really special. Let me know how it turned out!

  • Anne
    December 3, 2014

    This recipe looks great! Wondering if you use 1/2 cup dry quinoa or 1/2 cup cooked? Thank you.

    • Ana
      December 4, 2014

      It is cooked quinoa. Thanks! XO

  • arlene
    December 7, 2014

    I am looking forward to making this..
    Your photography is fabulous – the best I have ever seen.

    • Ana
      December 8, 2014

      Thank you so much, Arlene :-)! XO

  • Annika
    December 13, 2014

    I just cooked and eat it! super delicious! My 3,5 year old daughter also approved it 🙂 .
    I just wonder if you bake the burgers in the oven,,i guess? I fried them in a little oliveoil and it was fine, just the color was not that amazing.
    Maybe it is possible to also give the ingredients in gram? I am never sure with cups….

    Thank you for this awsome recipe!

    haha, I just saw in a comment that its cooked quinoa 😀 I did without, it was crunchy but fine….

    • Ana
      December 14, 2014

      Hi Annika, here is a weight converter that I find very useful, you can choose the ingredient type: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/531168/cups-to-grams-converter. I baked the burgers in the oven, but lightly frying them in a bit of coconut oil is also a good option. I’ll update the information in the recipe – thank you so much for your detailed message and I’m really happy your baby girl liked it! Ana

  • Carol
    December 29, 2014

    Hi, This burger looks so good! I try to get more veggies in too, and will have to try it. Your photography is beautiful. Can I ask what lighting you use?

    • Ana
      December 29, 2014

      Hi Carol, you really have to give it a try – you’ll love it! As for photography, I’m always using natural light.

  • Aysegul - Ice
    December 31, 2014

    Oh Ana..this burger looks so so gorgeous.
    I am so going to make this. Beautiful photography as well.
    PINNED!

    • Ana
      January 2, 2015

      Thanks so much, Aysegul! Hugs & kisses

  • Aleksandra
    January 16, 2015

    LOOOOVE

    • Ana
      January 17, 2015

      🙂

  • Fiesamson
    March 22, 2015

    Absolutely loved these patties. Had to tweak the recipe a bit to fit in what we like, but wow. Can only recommend to try these. And they look absolutely stunning. Gotta love a pink burger!

    • Ana
      March 22, 2015

      So happy you liked the recipe!

  • sarah
    March 30, 2015

    can you freeze these?

    • Ana
      April 1, 2015

      I didn’t try to freeze them, but I think they freeze well. When I’ll make them again I will freeze them and let you know how it worked!

      • Christina
        May 29, 2016

        How did freezing work? I was thinking of making a large batch to stick in the freezer.

      • Christina
        May 29, 2016

        How did freezing work? I was thinking of making a large batch to stick in the freezer. (Forgot to check notify so reposting)

        • Ana
          May 31, 2016

          I still didn’t try freezing the burgers, because we eat all of them in a couple of days 🙂

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    April 2, 2015

    This is glorious!!! I love it!

    • Ana
      April 4, 2015

      Thank you, Alice! 🙂

  • Alison
    May 3, 2015

    Hi Ana.
    The recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out. Is there anything I can use instead of the breadcrumbs?

    • Ana
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you, Alison! You can replace the breadcrumbs with 2 tsp flaxseed or psyllium husk, they have the same water absorbing effect. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Brooke
    May 6, 2015

    I’ve never made my own veggie burger, but I’ll definitely try this recipe for my first one! Anything with beets sounds great!

    • Ana
      May 7, 2015

      Thank you, Brooke, I’m really happy that you found here the inspiration for trying a veggie burger – let me know how it turns out, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it! I’m a big beet fan myself 🙂

  • Natasha
    May 7, 2015

    I made this recipe for my husband the other night and he loved it so much he took the leftovers for work the next day! This was the first time I had ever cooked beetroot myself and I was so pleasantly surprised at the delicious flavour!
    Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe 🙂

    • Ana
      May 11, 2015

      That’s so nice, I’m so happy he liked this burger, it’s a favorite in our house too 🙂

  • Antonella
    May 14, 2015

    I read lots of food blogs all the time but, for some reason, I usually never try any recipe.

    I’d pinned this one some time ago and I decided to make them yesterday. Oh. My. They are so so so good!! For real, I loved them.
    I did tweak it a liiitle bit though. I don’t have an oven, so I steamed the beets and, to absorb their moisture afterwards, I added some polenta: extra crunch-iness! Haha

    Thank you so so much 🙂

    • Ana
      May 19, 2015

      What a great idea, Antonella, I definitely have to try them with polenta! I’m really happy you liked the recipe! 🙂

  • khan
    May 16, 2015

    I’ve just started to get into veggie food. This looks better then anything non-meat I’ve eaten for far.

    Looks complicated to make, You should make a YouTube video of making this, so folks like me who are pretty useless in the kitchen can then have some hope of trying to make something like this.

    I’ll give it a go, gulp.

    • Ana
      May 19, 2015

      Khan, I plan to start making videos soon, but meanwhile I try to make the recipes as comprehensive and easy to make as possible. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Rita
    May 30, 2015

    661 calories for a BURGER ?!?!?!?! It does not matter how good it looks !!

    • Ana
      June 1, 2015

      Rita, the calories are for the assembled burger, which is a pretty hearty meal, but very nourishing. You can skip the bun and sweet potatoes, and go for the beet patty with avocado sauce alone, maybe with a side salad – the calories will definitely drop down.

  • Danielle
    May 31, 2015

    Just made these for the first time, delicious!
    What is best to use as an egg substitute in the patties please?

    • Ana
      June 1, 2015

      Danielle, I would go with 1 tbsp ground flaxseed or 1 tbsp chia seeds, soaked. I hope these works for you too – let me know how they turn out!

  • Cristel
    June 3, 2015

    Hi Ana! I’d love to try these!
    Just need a clarification on the amount of quinoa. The way the recipe is written, I read that I need to cook 1/2 cup quinoa, which would give me over a cup of cooked quinoa. That sounds like a lot of grain for the amount of beet… So did you mean 1/2 cup cooked quinoa?
    Thanks!

    • Ana
      June 3, 2015

      Cristel, I used 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (about 1/4 cup uncooked). I hope this helps and looking forward to hear about the way they turned out!

  • meredith
    June 17, 2015

    oh my gosh.. seriously incredible. i thought i had all the ingredients and get home from the store and it’s cous cous i have in my pantry instead of quinoa. well i made do and swapped it out and it still was amazing. i WILL be making these often!!

    • Ana
      June 25, 2015

      Cous cous makes a great replacement for quinoa, I’m pretty sure they’ll turn out great – let me know the result 🙂

  • Danielle
    July 1, 2015

    Sorry me again! Once I had roasted the beetroot it had reduced which meant I had less than a cup full. Is it 1 cup after roasting or when still raw?
    Thanks

    • Ana
      July 6, 2015

      I used 1 cup cooked, but you can adjust the beet quantity according to your taste preferences.

      • Charlene
        November 19, 2015

        It might be useful to add the uncooked quantities into the ingredients list. I did a search because I was unsure how much uncooked quinoa to cook and then came across this comment about the reduction in beetroot after roasting that I had not considered (mine has 5 mins left in the oven so I hope it’s enough). I’m looking forward to eating these tonight. Thank you

        • Ana
          November 23, 2015

          Hey Charlene, I really hope the burger turned out well! Thank you so much for the advice, I’m sure it will help!

  • Nikki
    September 3, 2015

    Thank you Ana for creating God’s food!
    Absolutely delicious!!! Look forward to trying more of your recipes :)))
    Nikki

    • Ana
      September 9, 2015

      Thank you Nikki, I’m so glad you found inspiration here!

  • Georgie
    October 13, 2015

    This looks to die for! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Ana
      October 15, 2015

      Thank you, Georgie! I’m sure you’ll love this 😉

  • Heather Collins
    December 14, 2015

    I had this burger at a restaurant and am so glad I found this!!! I just have one question, I don’t have a real kitchen so I cook my food at a friends house and re-heat it over a portable oven during the week. It says to serve immediately, is it ok to keep them refrigerated? Or frozen? Thank you for the recipe!

    • Ana
      December 17, 2015

      Hi Heather, I didn’t try to freeze them, but they actually keep very fine for about a week or so. I mentioned to serve them immediately to have them warm, but you can keep them in a glass box in the fridge for later. Thanks for your visit! 🙂

  • Sproutly Stories
    December 16, 2015

    Wow, these look absolutely incredible! The beetroot looks amazing and almost makes the burger glow.

    Will definitely have to give this one a try as soon as possible!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Ana
      December 17, 2015

      Thank you Tam, let me know how it turns out, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it 🙂

  • Ben
    January 4, 2016

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I cooked these tonight and they were absolutely delicious, and my housemate said so too! I made the error of cooking 1/2 cup of quinoa and adding more cooked quinoa than is actually recommended. I swapped out breadcrumbs for oats (which I let sit in the mixture for a while to soak up the moisture), which worked a treat (and I imagine putting them in the food processor to make them finer may help the burgers to cling together better – I’ll try this in the future).

    Thanks again! I’m putting this one into the recipe bank for the future!

    Ben

    • Ana
      January 5, 2016

      Hi Ben, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe :)! Oats sound like a great option, because they add texture and absorb moisture, and I don’t think adding more quinoa is a bad thing, you can balance things with a little more moisture and I bet they were great! Thanks for your feedback! Ana

  • Michelle
    February 29, 2016

    I do a lot of cooking. I followed the recipe closely and having spent a lot of time on this the resultant mess would not even shape into burgers. Awesome? No.

    • Ana
      March 1, 2016

      Sorry it didn’t turn out well for you. I can assure you that what you see in the pictures is the direct result of the recipe. And if you read the comments above you’ll see that other people made the recipe and the burger was great.

  • Mathilde
    March 2, 2016

    This burger looks awesome! Thanks a lot for the recipe. I am hosting a burger party soon and I have a few vegetarian friends coming so this would be perfect!
    xx
    Mathilde
    http://flavietherese.wordpress.com

    • Ana
      March 3, 2016

      That sounds so exciting, let me know how they turned out! Have fun at your party 🙂

  • margot
    March 11, 2016

    Hi Ana !

    I’m from France and we tried your burger tonight ! We are not vegetarians at all but it was really amazing !!!! I will try the other recipes for sure !
    xxx
    Margot

    • Ana
      March 12, 2016

      That’s so great, I’m happy you tried an alternative to meat and you actually liked it :)! xxx

  • Jean
    March 18, 2016

    I came across your recipe when I was looking for a beet veggie burger, and I was entranced by the beautiful photo. You really need to clarify your first two ingredients. It 100% sounds like you’re calling for 1 cup of uncooked beets (which obviously reduces down to much less than 1 cup after roasting) and 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa (which cooks into about 1 cup). As written, the recipe yields a loose mixture that will NOT hold together on a baking tray or griddle, to say nothing of a grill. I’m used to cooking on the fly and have made many veggie burgers before, so I was able to rejigger the ingredients to actually form a patty but it was pretty frustrating and underwhelming. I wish I’d read through all the comments, but really I encourage you to just clarify the ingredients list. I have no doubt this could be a good recipe, but not with these ingredients as written.

    • Ana
      March 18, 2016

      I’ve just checked the recipe and you are right. I’ve mentioned in the comments that quinoa needs to be cooked but forgot to update the recipe. Sorry about that, it is now fixed!

  • Mike
    April 1, 2016

    Great recipe which needs to be cooked pretty soon. Just one question is left!
    How many burgerpatties do I get out of your recipe?

    • Ana
      April 4, 2016

      Thanks Mike, I hope you’ll give them a try soon :)! This recipe makes 4 patties.

  • Katrina
    May 18, 2016

    Thanks for posting this recipe. Mine are in the oven now and didn’t hold shape too well (I see from comments I used too much quinoa) but they smell amazing. I figure the worst case scenario is a veggie sloppy joe! I’ll be making these often.

    • Ana
      May 20, 2016

      That’s so great, I am so happy every time I receive feed back from people who try my recipes! I am sure you’ll be making these often, I actually bake these every time I’m out of inspiration, and have them as snacks, or with a side salad, I love these burgers! Thanks for writing me 🙂

    • Ana
      May 20, 2016

      That’s so great, I am so happy every time I receive feed back from people who try my recipes! I am sure you’ll be making these often, I actually bake these every time I’m out of inspiration, and have them as snacks, or with a side salad, I love these burgers! Thanks for writing me 🙂

  • Denise
    October 23, 2016

    Hi!
    I’m looking for beets burguer and i found your recipe that i liked. But i was wondering if i could fry this burguer cause i want it form a crust. Or it will form the crust just by baking?

    • Ana
      October 25, 2016

      Hi Denise! Frying will definitely make a crunchier crust, but baking will also get a nice result. Let me know the result 🙂

  • Janet Paula
    October 30, 2016

    Hi, I just wanted to check whether the 661 calories was correct. This is the highest calorie count having ever seen for a veggie burger. Perhaps there is answer to my question but I’m not able to spare the time to look through all the comments. Thanks.

    • Ana
      November 4, 2016

      Hi Paula, there are a lot of rich, nourishing ingredients packed into these burgers, including healthy fats and natural sugar loaded veggies – I don’t worry for calories as long as they come from healthy, nutrient-rich foods. As for the quantities, please refer to the recipe only. I really hope you will love this recipe as much as I do 🙂

  • Siebe
    November 18, 2016

    Hey Ana,

    Thank you for this recipe.
    I really enjoyed making and eating this!

    Siebe

    • Ana
      November 20, 2016

      Hey Siebe, thanks so much for the feedback, I’m happy you liked the recipe! Actually one of my favorite too 😉

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