Veggie burgers are a healthier option than a typical beef burger. Some veggie burgers contain mystery ingredients, but these homemade veggie burgers contain ingredients you can see and pronounce!
These burgers are packed with lean, plant proteins, and have tons of flavor and texture. I made the veggie mix the day before, stored it, and then made them into burgers the following night for dinner.
They freeze well and make for great lunches, topped over a salad! Who doesn’t like a clean, lean vegetarian option for lunch or dinner?
- 1 Cup Lentils, cooked
- ½ Cup Quinoa, cooked
- 1 can Black Beans, drained
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 2 Cups Fresh Spinach, chopped
- ½ Onion, diced
- 1 ½ TB EVOO
- ¼ tsp. Dried Basil
- ½ TB Onion Powder
- ½ TB Dried Parsley
- ¼ tsp. Cumin
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- 1 Egg and 1 Egg White
The first step to making the burgers is to cook your key ingredients, the lentils and quinoa. Follow the cooking instructions that are on the lentil and quinoa packages. Once they are done cooking, drain the lentils, and set them and the quinoa aside until you’re ready for them.
In a medium-size pan, add 1 TB of olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the onions become translucent. Next, add the chopped spinach, and sauté until it becomes wilted. This will take 5 minutes at the most.
Once the spinach and onion mixture is ready, add it to a mixing bowl. Then, add the lentils, beans and quinoa. Next, add all of the seasoning and mix until all the ingredients are combined. NOTE: I did all of the above steps, and set the mixture aside in an air-tight container to sit in the fridge over night. This was my way of meal prepping for the next night.
If you are ready to make the burgers that same night, go ahead! To the veggie mixture, add one egg and one egg white that have been beaten. Be sure to mix until all the ingredients are combined and the egg is no longer runny.
Now, you are ready to form your burger patties. This mixture yielded 7-8 patties. Once the patties are formed, place them on a baking sheet to get them ready to cook on the stove.
In a large-size pan, heat up 1/2 TB of olive oil, and place the patties into the pan, set to medium-high heat. You will be able to cook 4 patties at a time. After 5 minutes, carefully flip the patties to cook on the other side for 5 more minutes.
Once the patties are done browning in the pan, add them back onto the baking sheet. Stick the patties into a 350-degree oven to bake for 10 minutes. This will allow the patties to cook all the way through, and they will also form into a more solid product.
Remove the patties from the oven and serve with any of your favorite burger toppings and condiments. Enjoy!