World’s Best Veggie Burger

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We know it’s a pretty bold (and somewhat overly confident) statement to call our veggie burger the World’s Best Veggie Burger recipe…but…

Have you tried it yet?

I mean, just look at it…

World's Best Veggie Burger recipe


It does take a little planning, and you may need to make a quick trip to a health food market, but honestly, we find everything we need at Whole Foods.

Watch us show you how to make this incredible burger at home!


I have been playing around with this recipe for quite a while…and all the work finally paid off.   There is no one ingredient that overpowers.  The potato and bulgar serve as the perfect binder.

The pulverized nuts also act as a binder and give such a depth of flavor and texture, too.

World's Best Veggie Burger recipe

The flavor is honestly spot on and it has wonderful depth of taste.

The roasted kidney beans and beets are secret ingredients that help bring it all together.

World's Best Veggie Burger recipe

But why stop there?

Roasted mushrooms with a little layer of balsamic vinegar adds so much flavor.

You won’t believe how delicious this burger is!

World's Best Veggie Burger recipe

Many people have problems when they bring a veggie burger to the just falls apart.  We do not have that problem with ours.  Of course, you can easily cook these up in a nice hot skillet, too.   And they freeze beautifully.  I make a batch, and then we enjoy them for weeks to come.

Blending all the ingredients is fun and the smell is just amazing.

World's Best Veggie Burger recipe

We love using our awesome hamburger press for making the perfectly sized patty!

There is no replacement for an authentic juicy hamburger, let’s be clear about that.

But, trust me, this is the best veggie burger you’ll ever try.  And the flavor is unmatched.

World's Best Veggie Burger recipe

And go with the chimichuri mayonnaise as the perfect flavor-punch condiment; but to keep it really healthy, substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo…it’s through-the-roof YUM!!!  150% Loon Approved!

Now, make this amazing World’s Best Veggie Burger recipe!

World's Best Veggie Burger

World's Best Veggie Burger

I can honestly say this is the World's Best Veggie Burger! I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true! It takes a little effort, but most really good things do. But you'll have enough to freeze and enjoy for weeks. Amazing!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: Healthy
Keyword: Vegetarian, Veggie Burger
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 279kcal


  • Grill or Cast Iron Skillet


  • 2 small potatoes yellow, peeled
  • 1 medium beet about the size of an egg, peeled and shredded (a box grater works well)
  • 1 15 oz. can red kidney beans drained
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or, as needed
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup bulgur cooked
  • 1 cup tamari almonds or cashews*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt or mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • Swiss cheese sliced
  • Whole wheat buns toasted
  • Sliced tomatoes lettuce and red onion, for garnish
  • Chimichurri Mayonnaise you can substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo, if you prefer
  • *Available at many super markets at specialty stores (ie, Whole Foods) and health food stores


  • Boil, steam, or microwave the potatoes until cooked, then roughly chop, and set aside.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with foil and lightly spray with cooking oil. On the first sheet, add the beets on one side, and the beans on the other. Toss them with a little of the EVOO and salt and pepper.
  • Place mushrooms on the 2nd baking sheet. Toss with the EVOO, thyme and salt and pepper.
  • Place both baking sheets in the oven. Remove the beets/beans after 15 minutes and the mushrooms after 25 minutes.
  • Pour the balsamic vinegar over the mushrooms and gently mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bulgar. Follow package instructions. You'll need 1 cup. Set aside.
  • Using a large food processor, pulse the nuts until finely chopped.
  • Add in the cooked potato and pulse until well incorporated into the nuts.
  • Add the beets, beans, mushrooms, bulgar, eggs, yogurt, bread crumbs, scallions, garlic, paprika, liquid smoke, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Pulse until mostly smooth, but still a few mushroom pieces are visible.
  • Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and put in fridge for an hour to firm up.
  • Remove from fridge and form patties.
  • Cook on a hot grill, or in a medium-high hot skillet, until slightly browned (about 4 to 6 minutes per side, depending on size of patties)
  • Top with Swiss cheese until just melted.
  • Toast the buns and serve garnished with tomatoes, lettuce, red onion and Chimichurri Mayo.


Although these veggie burgers resemble real hamburgers, the texture is slightly different.  The burgers are 'wetter' than meat burgers.  Therefore, we find that cooking them on the grill in a gill pan, or a cast iron skillet will ensure they stay together in a patty shape.  They also will firm up as they cook. 


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg
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  • 5 stars
    Hello gents
    The title of recipe is an understatement!!!Great recipe and eats like meat. Pan fry or bake meatballs as well.
    Thank you for showing us the way!!!!!!!

    • Richard!! We are so so so excited that you had such great success with our veggie burger! We love it, too, and are always so happy when others enjoy it, too!! Thank you so very much for letting us know and for the awesome review! That means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • What happened? My attempt is pure mush and tastes like just beets. I wouldn’t mind but it’s so mushy! Help!

      • Hi Dee!! Rice is a GREAT sub for the bulgar…sometimes I think it’s an even better binder!! So so glad you and your hubby loved it, and thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review!!! That honestly means the world to us!! Stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    LOVE THIS VEGGIE BURGER! I made it last night. My very old food processor could not hold it all so I had to process in 2 steps then stir to combine. Question, is the beet you use closer to the “egg size” or closer to the “jicama size”? I used the jicama size beet and wondered if it put too much moisture in the patty. Also, next time I will lightly spray the foil to keep the product from sticking. I did sub cooked basmati rice for the bulgur as I had leftovers in the frig. I also liked the step to put in frig for an hour, which gave me lots of time to clean up and prep the toppings. I forgot (LOL) to make the chimichurri mayo and will definitely make this next time. Hubby LOVED this burger. Will freeze the leftovers today. This is now my go to veggie burger. Thank you Kris!

    • Hi Kelly! That is so wonderful to hear!! I used a smaller beet size, which may have been you had a little too much moisture. That’s a great point about spraying the foil. I’m going to update the recipe to reflect these points (thank you for that!!). We literally could not be happier to hear that you love this veggie burger. Folks are very particular about finding that right veggie burger, so I’m glad this recipe fits the bill. Thanks again for letting us know, and please stay in touch, Kelly!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Ok I’m going to try this tomorrow night…for the nuts, can I sub whatever nuts I have on hand and not alter taste/texture? Is there a sub for bulgur? THANK YOU!!!

  • There are a lot of mushrooms in there, which I can’t eat. Can you think of a substitute that won’t affect the flavour too much?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Shauna! Have you ever cooked with tofu before? I think you could sauté, or bake tofu with the balsamic and get similar results as the mushrooms. Or, you could just omit them, and you’re still going to have a great tasting veggie burger.

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