Made with whole food ingredients and full of plant based protein, these Easy BBQ Veggie Burger Recipe will please vegans and omnivores alike!
During our time in the states, Brett and I lived off store bought veggie burgers. We ate other things too of course, but whenever I didn't feel like cooking, we would just warm up our favorite Hilary's Veggie Burgers and enjoy one with some whole grain bread and all the condiments. As we prepared to head back to China, I was okay with leaving behind the convenience of most American store bought foods, but I knew I'd be sad to not have the option of store bought veggie burgers, especially veggie burgers that were made from whole food ingredients. That's why I knew I needed to quickly created some veggie burgers that were easy to prepare and could be made from ingredients that are found in our little Chinese city. Enter in these BBQ Veggie Burgers!
Veggie burger ingredients
Veggie burgers can be made from a wide variety of ingredients. The base is often a mix of beans or tofu, nuts and seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and spices. Vegetarian burgers are often bound together with an egg, but for vegan veggie burgers, flax eggs or just ground flaxseed works like a charm! By mixing and matching these ingredients, the flavor possibilities are endless!
The base of this recipe was adapted from one of The Happy Pear's recipes. (If you haven't heard of The Happy Pear, you should check them out. They're identical twin brothers from Ireland who create their own plant based recipes and food products and have opened their own vegetarian restaurants.) Their veggie burger recipe called for bread crumbs and homemade BBQ sauce. I didn't want to turn my precious No Knead Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread into bread crumbs or take the time to make my own BBQ sauce. I wanted a super easy recipe that used ingredients I already had on hand. These BBQ Veggie Burgers are loaded with veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and lots of flavor from different spices and your favorite BBQ sauce. We love these burgers eaten with lettuce, tomato, mashed avocado, red onion and more BBQ sauce on some homemade bread. They're hearty and hold their shape, which is a big must for us when it comes to homemade veggie burgers!
I'm excited to continue to adapt the spices and condiments of these BBQ Veggie Burgers to create different flavors. It would be so easy to make pizza burgers by using Italian seasonings and pizza sauce instead of cumin and BBQ sauce. In case veggie burgers aren't your thing, you can check out some different vegetarian sandwich recipes below!
Vegetarian sandwich recipes
How to make BBQ Veggie Burgers
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- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- pinch of salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ cup (60 grams) walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- ½ cup oat flour
- ½ cup quick oats
- 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Salt and black pepper
- Optional: extra BBQ sauce for glaze
- In a frying pan, sauté the shredded carrot and chopped onion with a pinch of salt until softened.
- Add in the minced garlic, cumin and chopped walnuts and saute a few more minutes.
- Pour the carrot and walnut mixture into a large mixing bowl and add in the remaining ingredients, from the kidney beans to the salt and pepper.
- Using a potato masher, mash all of the ingredients together until a sticky "dough" forms and everything is mostly combined. It's okay if you can see some whole beans or parts of beans in the mixture.
- Preheat your oven to 400℉ and line a baking try with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Take handfuls of the veggie burger "dough" and form it into patties about 3-4 inches in diameter and ½ an inch high. Continue this process until all of the dough has been molded into patties. I usually get about 8 burgers total.
- Place the burgers onto your lined baking tray and spread the tops of the burgers with another tablespoon of BBQ sauce.
- Bake the burgers for 20 minutes. Remove the burgers from the oven, flip them over and top the other side with another tablespoon of BBQ sauce. Place the burgers back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and fairly sturdy.
- Enjoy the burgers on you favorite hamburger buns with all your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, more BBQ sauce, Homemade Ketchup, mashed avocado, etc.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1 burger
Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 316mgCarbohydrates 32gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 5gSugar 8gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 6g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.