Veggie burger lovers, rejoice. There’s now a veggie burger even your skeptical, beef burger-loving significant other will enjoy.
Earlier this week I found myself craving a veggie burger. I blame it on the holidays. There’s an abundance of roasts, savory stews and cheesy sausage dips (my weakness) at every family gathering, luncheon and office potluck. It was about time I had a few veggie burgers in my life. Instead of falling back on my tried & true Mushiago Burger recipe, I experimented this recipe that caught my eye when putting together the Best of the Best: Veggie Burger Roundup post.
I’ve never been to Houston’s but I hear their veggie burger is amazing – and the recipe I adapted is a copy-cat of theirs. I swapped out a few ingredients and added some shredded Asiago for extra flavor and binding. Also, because I heart cheese.
You don’t even need a food processor to make these babies. I mashed the black beans with a potato masher and shredded the Asiago by hand – mostly out of laziness… sometimes cleaning the food processor is more work than it’s worth.
The recipe made 4 patties, all of which were demolished in just 2 days. Rob and I each had one on a bun – incredible – and then plopped one on top of a salad for dinner last night. Best idea ever. Do you know how much salad I’d eat if it had one of these on top every time?
As far as veggie burgers go, they even look like a burger, once you slather them with a little barbeque & molasses goodness.
I highly recommend. I plan on doubling the batch next time and keeping the extras in the freezer for quick & healthy midweek eats!
Makes ~4 patties
Adapted from Danielle Omar
- 4 tablespoons hickory barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained & mashed
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 tablespoons wheat bran
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped canned beets (about 2)
- 2/3 cup Asiago cheese, shredded (or cheese of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon beet juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh jalapeno pepper (about 1/2) chopped
- 1 – 2 egg whites to bind (start with one – if mixture falls apart, add another)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses and set aside. In a large bowl or food processor, mash beans. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing), rice, cheese, wheat bran, beet and beet juice, red pepper, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, jalapeno, and egg white. Form mixture into four patties. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers for 5 minutes on one side. Flip, brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Allow to cool. NOTE: Veggie burgers will be very soft and tough to flip so leave plenty of room in your pan for maneuvering. They should become more firm with cooking and will be most firm once cooled.
Serve with your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, pickles, onions, etc…) on a toasted bun.
Question of the day: Veggie burgers – yay or nay? Got any favorite recipes you want to share?
I just made these… SO GOOD! I tweaked it to make it vegan and they turned out great. SO spicy! http://bodypositivecleveland.com/2013/05/27/vegan-dinner-bbq-burgers/
Thanks for the great recipe! I’ve never purchased beet juice before – is it in the juice aisle at the supermarket? Can’t wait to try these out. I’ll definitely take your recommendation and double the recipe. :)
Mmmmm, you had me a bbq!
These look so good! I’m always on the lookout for a good veggie burger recipe!
Veggie burgers definitely get a yay from me. These look incredible!
yum! love BBQ sauce in burgers!
These looks really good. I’ve been craving a veggie burger recently. Maybe I’ll have to make some.
I absolutely love veggie burgers. I had never tried one until earlier this year and love them. Never had one on a salad but I imagine it would taste great
Sweet Moses, these burgers look so darn good! I love veggie burgers. I’m not a vegetarian, but give me the choice between a beef burger and a veggie burger, and I’ll probably choose veggie 70% of the time. I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe. :)
I love veggie burgers, and am super excited to try this recipe! I love these for lunch, they are great to bring to work and heat up. Thanks for sharing!
Your burgers look amazing — WAY better than mine! LOL…but aren’t they delicious? I crave these burgers, I think it’s the yummy glaze! Glad you experimented and made them your own!