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My Favorite Homemade Veggie Burger

My Favorite Homemade Veggie Burger

My husband has spent years perfecting his veggie burger recipe and now we have burgers once a week. I begged him to let me share it with everyone because why keep it secret! A good veggie burger makes a better world. Read the recipe below:


Husband here- full confession: I got the start of this from a NYTimes recipe several years back, but have modified it somewhat. I would expect anyone who tries my version to do the same- it’s pretty easy to make it slightly more to your liking (drier, more moist, more or less flavor in certain directions). I also have to admit that I rarely measure much, so the amounts are a bit vague in my head (a handful/ a pinch/a squeeze), but I’ll try to make it clear.


1/4 cup oatmeal

1/4-1/2 cup walnuts (adds a lot of richness, but can be overpowering)

1 teaspoon chili powder (sometimes more)

1 garlic clove, diced or pressed (sometimes more, I like garlic, sometimes I leave this out too)

2 small to medium carrots (adds moisture)

2 eggs

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup grated parmesan or reggiano cheese (sometimes I forget this, but I think it adds a lot)

In no particular order add these items to the food processor. and mix it all up!

Then make patties of whatever size you see fit (we make 3 with this recipe, but we make them big) on a baking sheet, on parchment paper if you’ve got it, and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. I normally put them in for about ten minutes, then crank the oven up to 425 and add some frozen oven fries and cook for another 30, so you may want to adjust accordingly, or just cook with the fries!

Buns, lettuce, tomatoes, slice some cheese on top so it melts a bit, mustard, mayo, ketchup, and you’ve got a great burger. Enjoy! And if you want to make Sloppy Joes, leave out the oatmeal. I did that once by mistake, and it was a very happy solution.


Another Great Recipe:

Food For the Soul: Homemade Lentil Soup