Veggie burgers are my weakness. I can’t let a whole week pass by without making at least once one of my favorite veggie burger patties recipes. They are perfect! You can serve veggie patties with almost anything, and they’re also the best way to get your needed protein intake!
I decided to create this ultimate veggie burger guide because I really wish that all of you will become experts in cooking veggie burgers! They’re so good and so easy to make, it would be such a great loss not to cook them the right way. I’ve also talked with some people who find it difficult to make veggie patties, get the texture right and mix all the good flavors together. Well, I’m here to solve that problem!
If you’ll follow my ultimate veggie burger guide, I promise you’ll create the best veggie burgers ever! Get the basics right and then the imagination is the limit! You’ll uncover the great world of veggie burgers! 😀
Ingredients | The Ultimate Veggie Burger Guide
A great veggie burger is made of the following ingredient groups:
- base ingredient (for meaty texture – lentils, chickpeas, beans, mushrooms, soy etc.; for grainy texture (quinoa, amaranth, millet, brown rice etc.); for light texture (root vegetables, zucchini, eggplant etc.)
- vegetables (Veggies add moisture and freshness to a veggie burger. You can use zucchini, eggplant, peppers, root vegetables etc.)
- herbs + onion or garlic (I almost always add herbs to veggie burgers. I usually add parsley or dill, but you can also add coriander, wild garlic, scallions and others. Also, onion/garlic ar very important ingredients and should not be omitted. I either add onion, or garlic, but never both.)
- spices (sea salt, ground pepper, ground coriander, thyme, oregano, sesame seeds etc.)
- egg or vegan egg substitutes (I usually add 1-2 eggs or the vegan equivalent of 1 boiled and mashed potato.
I rarely use psyllium husks or ground flax seeds, but that’s an option too.I actually started to use only psyllium husks in my vegan burgers. They’re the easiest, better option. You can also use ground chia seeds or ground flax seeds.
- dry ingredients: flours or breadcrumbs (By adding flour or breadcrumbs you can remove all excess liquid and make the patties stick together and be easy to shape. You can use gluten-free flour, regular wheat flour, chickpea flour, rice flour (or almost any other kind of flour) or breadcrumbs.
- veggie burger “add-ons” (fresh salad leaves, tomato slices, avocado mashed or sliced, mustard, ketchup, tahini, homemade buns etc.)
Cooking | The Ultimate Veggie Burger Guide
- Boil/Cook base ingredient.
- If you’re using beans or legumes, the next step is to mash them, either using a fork or by using your food processor / vertical blender.
- Add vegetables, spices, herbs and onion/garlic and mix.
- Add egg or egg substitute. This will keep the composition together.
- Add dry ingredient of choice. By adding a little bit of flour or breadcrumbs, you can remove all excess liquid from the composition and make the patties stick together and be easy to shape.
- Lightly fry or bake the patties. The first method is the quickest. All you have to do is spray a non-stick pan with some oil and fry the patties 1 minute on each side. You can also bake the patties by covering an oven tray with some parchment paper, lightly grease it, add patties and bake 15 minutes on one side and another 15 minutes on the other.
- Serve with a side dish, salads, or make veggie burgers.
Saturday 22nd of April 2017
What oven temperature is used when baking veggie burgers? this information was not in the guide. Jan
Tuesday 23rd of May 2017
Hi, Jan! 180C is ok.
Monday 20th of February 2017
I'm been wanting to make my own veggie burgers for a while now. I usually just buy them from the shop. I think making my own will be great for my idea as I can decide what goes in and what doesn't, as well as controlling the amount of seasoning. Thanks for this helpful guide.
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Thursday 23rd of February 2017
Thursday 9th of February 2017
There are plenty of recipes for gf seitan on pininterest. These burgers are lovely and I just adjust recipes for vegan or gf in order to eat well.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017
Thursday 26th of January 2017
What amount of each ingredient should I use to make a veggie patty?
Tuesday 14th of February 2017
Hi, Maggie! Check out the burger and patties recipes on my blog so you can see the ratios for each ingredient category.
Friday 22nd of July 2016
Thanks for the great guide! Do you think the patties could be successfully frozen? Any combinations of ingredients make that more or less likely to work? Thanks, again
Tuesday 9th of August 2016
You're welcome, Chris! :D Yes, you can freeze them! That's what I usually do. If you like them baked, you can freeze them uncooked, individually (just shape the patties, place them on a tray and freeze them, then move them to a ziploc bag). If you like them lightly fried, then you should cook them before freezing them individually. Then all you have to do is take them out of the freezer, let them thaw and bake or lightly fry them. Any ingredient combination should work, or at least the ones on my blog do. Those are the ones I've tried.