The Best Veggie Burger IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!

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Veggie Burger: Loaded with Garbanzo Beans, Heirloom Rice, Black Beans and Spices.

Ugh. What a cocky recipe title. But I’m serious. This thing is soooo great. I have sort of an attitude about veggie burgers because most restaurants don’t treat veggie burgers with the proper respect they deserve, man. They’re generally just some sad afterthought, a requirement for burger establishments so vegetarians don’t starve to death while at their restaurant. Can you tell I’m passionate about the subject?

As a meat-eater, I eat veggie burgers all the time because I love them. I would never say that a veggie burger is necessarily better than a meaty, bacon-loaded burger with melty cheese on top, but I would say they’re just different – you can’t really compare the two. I don’t always want that kind of burger; sometimes I want to go lighter, fresher but still want to feel full.

Veggie Burger: Loaded with Garbanzo Beans, Heirloom Rice, Black Beans and Spices.

These veggie burgers are a mix of garbanzo beans, black beans, beets (!!), heirloom pink rice (can we talk about my love affair with fancy rice?), a bunch of spices and some red onion. They’re vegan, too! No egg to hold them together – the coldness from the fridge helps bind them. It’s vegan science.

Since I’m not a vegan, I love adding cheese to every burger ever, meat or no meat.

I love these things so much. I hope you get a chance to make ‘em. Here’s the link on Etsy for the full-on recipe. Get at it!

Veggie Burger: Loaded with Garbanzo Beans, Heirloom Rice, Black Beans and Spices.

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 2, 2013 at 12:27 am

Considering you are a meat-eater, let me personally thank you on behalf of all vegans for understanding our eternal struggle in the restaurant industry. It is impossible to find a properly executed veggie burger. One of the best I’ve had is at Houston’s/Hillstone restaurant, and rumor has it that they use egg whites as a binder. This was so disappointing considering I already had to remove the brioche bun, cheese and coleslaw. Whew, I feel better now! Haha :)

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Adrianna Adarme August 2, 2013 at 8:48 am

Funny you say that because this was sort of modeled after the Houston’s one. They use beets, black beans, rice and oat flour, so sort of similar. And sorta not. Terrible they use the egg whites; getting the patties nice and cold keep them together.

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Bogdan August 2, 2013 at 1:03 am

You obviously haven’t tried my baked eggplant & feta burgers with avocado creme fraiche :)

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Adrianna Adarme August 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

Clearly I haven’t! :)

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JBK September 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

Whoa! Eggplant and feta? My mind is blown. How do I make those??

About to try the veggie burgers today. Can’t wait!

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little t August 2, 2013 at 1:25 am

I believe it – this looks so good.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe August 2, 2013 at 3:17 am

Yay! perfect timing for this recipe…just a couple of days ago I was looking for veggie burgers on the web but couldn’t find anything good! Your recipe for bean burgers is exactly what I was hoping to find! I’m not a vegetarian but during summertime I prefer cutting a bit on meat and go for lighter meals…I’m sure this would be perfect!

xo, Elisa

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Adrianna Adarme August 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

I’m the same way. During the summer I just naturally want to eat less meat.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 2, 2013 at 5:32 am

The best?! I’m IN!!

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cindy August 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

I feel the same way about veggie burgers, they are a totally different (not) animal. I love them, but not as a replacement for a burger…they are their own, delicious thing! I love a beet and they gives these the best color. Definitely gonna have to try it out!

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Shinju August 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

Mmmm, looks delicious :)

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michelle August 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

we gotta try this. sometimes we do feel like some veggie burgers instead of going all meat..

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Julianna Spurlock August 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

Another veggie burger to try! I was disappointed with the ones I made earlier this week (http://wp.me/p3vMs8-2Y), so I am definitely on the lookout for ones that will STAY TOGETHER (pet peeve). Thanks for another great recipe inspiration, Adrianna!

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Cara August 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

I’m just like you – I love veggie burgers and cheese so much even though I also totally adore a good meat burger. Yum!

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Alicia August 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

These look delicious! I am also a meat eater that very regularly would rather have the veggie burger if it is in fact a good one, as opposed to a processed puck of soy. We are constantly making them at home so I will definitely try this. Houston’s (which does have by far the best ever veggie burgers) puts prunes in theirs for a little extra hint of flavor!

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Megan | Hint of Vanilla August 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

I had my first veggie burger last summer at a restaurant and I was amazed! So much flavour and juiciness, not boring and dry like I expected. I can’t help but get the veggie burger every time I go there now. Maybe it’s time to make my own now!

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Grace @ Earthy Feast August 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yummers! I’m kinda a veggie burger snob since I don’t eat regular burgers. These look like the perfect blend of all the best things, yay!

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AC August 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I am really fond of this recipe: http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/veggie-burgers
but I can’t wait to try yours!

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Whitney @ Jewhungry August 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

As a kosher-keeper who eats vegetarian when dining out, I often am stuck with the veggie burger as my only option and more often than not, it’s the Morning Star Farm black bean burger. But when a restaurant can get it right and really pay attention to those veggie burger details, I am hooked! Great recipe!

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Joanne T Ferguson August 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

G’day! While I am a meat love, your veggie burger looks very yum, true!
Never heard of pink rice before…is it low or high GI? and the baked eggplant and feta burger sounds lovely; perhaps Bogdan will share the recipe?
Cheers! Joanne
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Ulla August 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

These look delicious! As a big fan of home made burgers, will definately try this.

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ileana August 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

The best veggie burger I ever had was at Deschutes Brewery in Portland. It had beets and walnuts, and it was so good I went back on the same trip for a second burger!

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shelly (cookies and cups) August 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

This is such a great alternative for non meat eaters!

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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic August 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

“The Best” is a difficult title to live up to, but these just might…I’m drooling at the list of spices alone!

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Sophie August 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You are so awesome. I like meat but I LOVE veggies burgers. Restaurants (maybe the ones I go to when I’m feeling the budget squeeze?) can actually make terrible beef burgers and sometimes a veggie just hits the spot. But man do these look good! I LOVE BEETS, can’t wait to try.

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Riitta August 4, 2013 at 5:08 am

Wow, these sound amazing! And you used beets, my favorite! Will deffo give these a try.

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Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 5, 2013 at 9:26 am

These look delicious! I love veggie burgers, but have never made them on my own.

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sandra August 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I’m making these tonight!

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alyson October 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

Almond butter in the mix works to hold the burgers together. Can wait to burger-ize my latest haul of fresh beets. Thanks for the recipe!

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Ljubinka November 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

People should be eating more of this type of hamburger than the type that kills life.
Thank you for this. I will be making this soon.

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Karyn January 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

Merci!!! I just made these (with carrots, because I didn’t have any beets on hand- I’ll try that next week!!) and they are as good as you say!!! The best veggie burger I’ve ever had! My 6 year old ate two and my picky-won’t-eat-anything-she-can-see-the-ingredients-in 4 year old almost polished an entire one!!

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Ramona January 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I loved the idea of this burger, and tried it as soon as I saw the recipe yesterday, using all the ingredients called for and in the right quantities. My burgers turned out very tasty, I am glad to say. The seasonings really did their trick. However, I was not at all pleased with the texture. I am a vegetarian, leaning strongly toward vegan, but in a pinch will use the rare egg in cooking, I put one egg (white, only) in the recipe when I found it too moist, before frying (and yes, I had rinsed and drained the beans and beets well). . Still, this egg addition did very little to produce a patty that didn’t fall apart. And when eating it, I did not like the mushy, soft consistency–it was like so many I have eaten in restaurants. Next time I will experiment with basically the same recipe but will add some soy textured crumbles to see if I can eliminate the mushiness of the patty. Lastly I used exactly the measurements of beans, beets, etc. called for, but I ended up with ELEVEN nice-sized patties! I had fried three to have without buns for lunch, but with onion, pickle, tomato and lettuce, and didn’t have time to keep on frying the remaining seven patties, so I molded them into a little loaf pan, put a thin spread of catsup on top and put them in the oven for a small “meat-loaf.”

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Jamie February 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I run a vegan friendly bar/restaurant in Portland and our vegan burgers are based with beets. You will get a much more pleasant texture if you use shredded, raw beets instead of roasted! Other than that, I can’t give up my secrets. ;)

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ash bhardwaj March 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

Thanks iam a vegetrain so really happy with your recipe particularly in that I do not eat eggs xxx

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