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Beet and Walnut Veggie Burgers

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These Homemade Vegan Veggie Burgers will blow your mind! They’re incredibly flavorful and the texture is just right. Not too mushy, nothing artificial, and they’re packed with plant-based protein…and fiber! And vitamins! And a bunch of other good stuff but mostly, they’re just delicious and way better than store-bought veggie burgers! You’ve GOT to try these!

vegan veggie burger recipe

Wait so these homemade veggie burgers are made with BEETS?

Yep but trust me, they’re divine! Beets on their own can be sweet and a little earthy…not exactly what you think of when you think of a hearty burger but the magic of beets is that they provide a meat-like texture that is right on the money! The mixture even looks like ground beef…it’s kind of nuts!

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As for the flavor, the secret is in the layering. I made sure to build this recipe with meaty seasonings like garlic, smoked paprika, and cumin and then I layered in umami-rich ingredients like miso and tomato paste to add some depth and richness. Just wait until you smell these burgers cooking up, it’s intoxicatingly delicious!

The key ingredient here is Vegan Worceshire sauce, which can be found at most grocery stores in the ketchup section or online. If you don’t have a bottle at home, stock up! Because it’s a magical ingredient that adds so much flavor to everything from vegan burgers and tacos to Meatloaf Muffins. It’s a game changer and since a little goes a long way, it lasts a very long time in the fridge. 10/10 recommend getting a bottle asap!

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More Reasons to Love These Homemade Veggie Burgers:

  • They’re a major crowd pleaser!
  • Plant-based and packed with good-for-you nutrients
  • Meal-prep and freezer friendly
  • Great served as a classic burger but these are also delicious on top of a big green salad with avocado or you can slice it up and tuck inside warm pita pockets with mixed salad, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and tahini sauce, fresh herbs, and a squeeze of lemon. Such a satisfying lunch or dinner option!
making veggie burgers step by step
I made these burgers in a vlog recently! They’re seriously the best ☺️
beet and walnut veggie burger on a hamburger bun

Amazing Homemade Veggie Burgers

Nicole Vranjican
The BEST homemade veggie burgers! This recipe is completely plant-based, meatless, and easy to make. Protein packed lentils, beets, and walnuts create a hearty meat-like texture and savory seasonings like garlic, smoked paprika, and a sprinkle of cumin take these burgers take these burgers to the next level of deliciousness!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 burgers

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups raw shredded beets about 2 large red beets
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 5 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tsp smoked parpika smoked is key
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves measured whole
  • 1 cup cooked black or brown lentils I use canned, see notes below
  • 2 tsp light miso paste I use chickpea miso
  • 3 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsely
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Pulse or very finley chop the walnuts and set aside. Rinse and drain the lentils if using canned. Then chop the garlic, parsely, and scallions and set that aside too.
    Scrub 2 large red beets and trim off the bottom leaving the top intact (this makes it easier hold on to the beet while you're grating!)
    Grate the beets on the side that has the largest holes and measure out 3 cups. 

Cook

  • Then transfer the shredded beets to a large frying pan and add 2 tbsp of oil and 3/4 tp of sea salt.
    Sauté for 2 minutes then add chopped garlic, cumin, and smoked paprika. Cook for 4-5 more minutes until the beets are slightly softened and most of the moisture is absorbed. Try not to overcook, or else they'll get too soft.
    Tip: if you have extra liquid in the pan, dump the beets into a fine colander to remove the extra moisture.

Mix

  • Add the cooked beets to a large mixing bowl along with 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, 1 cup of lentils, the finely chopped walnuts, 2 tsp miso paste, 3 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1/3 cup chopped parsley, and 2 tbsp of chopped scallions.
    Add 1 tbsp of corn starch and a 5-6 grinds of fresh black pepper.
    Mix until well combined.
  • Transfer 1/3 of the mixture into a food processor along with the remaining 1 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of water. Blend until a slightly chunky paste forms. You don't want it to look perfectly smooth like hummus, so stop blending before it gets to that point.
  • Add the pureed mixture back into the bowl and mix well. Then divide into 4 large or regular sized 6 burger patties.
    Tip: Firmly press the burgers into patties so they hold together but not soooo tightly that they're compacted together. That will also make the burgers mushy!

Cook them up! 🍔

  • Add 2 tbsp of oil to a large frying pan and set to medium high heat (a 6-7 on my stove) and pan fry the burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side, and then flip.
    Cook for another 3 minutes and then transfer to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until firm.

Serve

  • Serve on toasted burger buns with lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayo or burger sauce and enjoy!

Notes

Lentils: I use canned black or brown for convenience but  in the photos I used green lentils because that’s what I ha. Green is more visible which is why I like to use black or brown but it doesn’t matter flavor wise. Just don’t use red or split lentils or the burgers will be mushy and fall apart. 
 
If you want, you can skip pan frying these burgers by simply baking them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until crispy on the top and firm. I prefer the texture when pan fried first so I recommend that method, but you can skip that step if desired. 
 
 
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If you enjoyed this post, please give it a 5 star review below and let me know if you make these delicious veggie burgers! Can’t wait to hear what you think 😊

Love,

Nicole

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15 Comments

  1. Elaine Schillinger
    March 8, 2021 / 6:46 pm

    These sound wonderful!

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 8, 2021 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you!! I hope you enjoy them Elaine 😊

  2. Angela
    March 11, 2021 / 10:51 pm

    Hi Nikki, do these freeze well? They look incredible, so delicious, I can’t wait to make them!!

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 19, 2021 / 1:17 am

      Great question! Yes they do! I make a double batch and freeze them for easy and healthy burgers whenever I want! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

  3. Mary Lou
    March 13, 2021 / 4:06 am

    5 stars
    Incredible flavor!!! Wow, wow, wow! I didn’t have cornstarch but I used half ground flaxseed and almond flour and these turned out great! They are a labor of love for sure, with having to grate the beets and all the steps…but so worth it!!! Even my meat lover husband had two of these burgers a tonight and couldn’t believe how good these vegan burgers are!!! Thank you Nikki!

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 19, 2021 / 1:16 am

      OMG!!! That makes me so happy! Thank you for taking the time to let me know that you and your husband enjoyed this recipe! So nice to hear. And very smart to use ground flax and almond flour! I’ll remember that if I find myself out of cornstarch at some point. Thanks again for the nice comment. It totally made my day!

  4. Cassidy
    March 17, 2021 / 8:14 pm

    these are delicious!! Thanks for the recipe😊

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 19, 2021 / 1:14 am

      Aw thank you! I’m really happy you liked them! Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Hailey
    March 24, 2021 / 12:51 am

    5 stars
    FANTASTIC recipe! Thank you for taking the time to develop this recipe. I have found veggie burger recipes to be hit or miss but this was spot-on in terms of flavor and texture! Made for my non-vegan mom and she raved about it! Definitely a keeper!

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 25, 2021 / 3:26 am

      Wow this comment seriously made my day!! I’m thrilled that you and your mom enjoyed this recipe, that honestly means the world to me because I worked really hard on it. Thank you so much for making my recipe and leaving such a nice comment 😊

  6. Molly
    March 29, 2021 / 7:29 pm

    5 stars
    I made these and they were fantastic. Listen to Nicole and pan fry them before baking so you get that nice crispy crust on the outside. These burgers were flavorful and beautiful and I would absolutely make them again.

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 29, 2021 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you Molly! I’m so glad that you liked this recipe, it’s truly one of my favorites too. And you’re right, pan frying the veggie burgers first makes a world of difference for the texture. Thanks for this nice comment! 😊

  7. Dan
    April 4, 2024 / 11:04 pm

    Hi, I don’t have a food processor. Any recommendations? Thanks!

    • Nicole Vranjican
      Author
      April 5, 2024 / 3:47 am

      Grate the beets and finely finley chop the walnuts 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

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