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Looking for an easy vegetable burger? Try this Vegetarian Burger Recipe! Combining fresh garden veggies and robust seasonings into a perfect plant-based hamburger patty. These easy-to-make burgers are ideal for a nutritious and delicious family meal!

One vegetarian burger loaded with toppings.

Vegetarian Burgers Recipe

These easy vegetarian burgers are crafted from a rich blend of vegetables like chickpeas, spinach, celery, and fresh herbs.

Not only are they easy to make in the food-processor, but they’re packed with nutrition.

Layer these hearty veggie patties with crisp curly kale leaves, succulent slices of tomato, sharp purple onion, and buttery avocado. Top them off with a spread of tomato sauce.

Perfect to make for a mid-week dinner, these vegetarian burgers offer a delicious and healthful twist to traditional burgers.

Two veggie burgers stacked.

What is a veggie patty?

A veggie patty is a meat-free alternative to traditional hamburger patties, made from a mixture of vegetables, legumes and spices.

Are these veggie burgers gluten-free?

These veggie patties can be gluten-free by using gluten-free flour and gluten-free burger buns. Always check labels for gluten-free certification.

How to Make Vegetarian Burgers

A full and detailed recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

Process Greens: In a high-speed food processor, add spinach (or Swiss chard), celery, rosemary, and parsley. Blend on high until all greens are completely chopped. Set aside. Pour greens into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Prepare Veggie Mix: To the processor, add the drained chickpeas, avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth but still a little chunky. The chickpeas should just be turning smooth.

Combine Mixtures: Pour the chickpea mixture into the bowl with the greens. Mix until well combined. 

Add Flour & Form: Sprinkle in the flour and mix until well combined. Shape the mixture into burger patties, sized to fit your buns. Set them aside on a tray or plate. 

Cook Patties: Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the formed patties into skillet, cooking in batches if needed, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until dark golden and fully cooked. Repeat with the remaining mixture, adding an extra 1 tablespoon oil when needed to coat the skillet.

Assemble Burgers & Serve: Slice the burger buns, add the cooked patty and place in your desired fillings and close the bun. Serve the vegetarian burgers hot with a side of fries or a fresh salad. Enjoy!

Vegetarian burger patty mixture in bowl.

Expert Tips

  • Patty Consistency: If the patties aren’t holding together, add more flour until they stick together.
  • Cooking Patties: Ensure not to overcrowd the skillet when frying the burger patties to ensure a uniformly cooked patty.

How do you keep veggie burgers from falling apart?

To prevent these veggie burger patties from falling apart, add more flour until the mixture sticks together and holds its shape when formed into round patties. 

What toppings go on vegetarian burgers?

Popular toppings for vegetarian burgers include avocado, sliced tomato and onion, spinach or kale, vegan cheese slices, and various sauces like tomato sauce, aioli, relish or mayonnaise.

How do you make veggie burgers taste better?

Enhance veggie burger patties by incorporating robust flavors through spices, herbs, and condiments, using ingredients like smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, or barbecue sauce for a flavor boost.

Vegetarian burgers with fillings.

How To Store Vegetarian Burgers?

Store: Any leftover patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing: Freeze them individually on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating to serve.

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Close up of veggie burgers.

Vegetarian Burgers

Samantha Pickthall
These meat-free Vegetarian Burgers are brimming with spinach and protein-rich chickpeas all tucked into a soft, gluten-free bun. Ideal for a delicious family meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 patties
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

Burger Buns

Vegetarian Patties

  • 3 cups fresh spinach, or Swiss chard leaves
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed
  • cup fresh rosemary
  • cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
  • Half of 1 avocado
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil, for cooking

Fillings

  • Fresh curly kale leaves
  • Sliced tomato
  • Cheese slices, dairy-free if desired
  • Sliced purple onion
  • Avocado, smashed
  • Tomato sauce

Instructions
 

Vegetarian Patties

  • Process Greens: In a high-speed food processor, add spinach (or Swiss chard), celery, rosemary, and parsley. Blend on high until all greens are completely chopped. Set aside. Pour greens into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Prepare Veggie Mix: To the processor, add the drained chickpeas, avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth but still a little chunky. The chickpeas should just be turning smooth.
  • Combine Mixtures: Pour the chickpea mixture into the bowl with the greens. Mix until well combined.
  • Add Flour: Sprinkle in the flour and mix until well combined.
  • Form Patties: Shape the mixture into burger patties, sized to fit your buns. Set them aside on a tray or plate.
  • Cook Patties: Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the formed patties into skillet, cooking in batches if needed, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until dark golden and fully cooked. Repeat with the remaining mixture, adding an extra 1 tablespoon oil when needed to coat the skillet.
  • Assemble Burgers: Slice the burger buns, add the cooked patty and place in your desired fillings and close the bun.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Serve the vegetarian burgers hot with a side of fries or a fresh salad. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store: Any leftover patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
 
  • Freezing: Freeze them individually on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 446mgPotassium: 423mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3077IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 3mg
Tried this recipe? Let us know how it was!

First published in 2017, this recipe was updated in April 2024 to include new expert recommendations, storage guidelines, recipe card additions and more.

4 Comments

    1. Hi Anthea! Thank you so much! So delicious and I just had to stack them, I couldn’t resist! 😉 xx

  1. ugh, cant remember the last time i’ve had a super good veggie burger. totally need to make these, it’s always meat-free everyday for me too! Xx

    1. Hi Thalia! Meat-free all day everyday! 😉 Hope you give this recipe a go, I love how simple it is and so healthy for us! Veggie burgers are always a must, perfect with a side of crispy fries too, yummy! xx

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