High Protein Vegan Burger Patties!
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What Is in a Vegan Pattie ?
Two basic ingredients and a few spices make this an incredibly tasty and magical creation. The patties get their natural color from a combination of roasted beets and smoked paprika but without overpowering the final flavor profile.
- Brown rice
- Organic soy
The Method is Simple:
- Cook the rice in advance
- Soak the soy curls or TVP crumbles
- Mix with the spices
- Form into patties
- Pan sear or grill to perfection!
Are these veggie burgers grillable ?
There are so many delicious sauces and plant-based cheeses you can add to your burger. I wanted to focus on the actual patties in this post and topped them with the usual suspects: tomato, avocado, vegan smoked gouda and a handful of baby greens.
This chimichurri, sun dried tomato pesto, mango basil sauce, cashew queso, roasted vegetable spread and this vegan aioli are all wonderful choices to make your meaty veggie burgers extra saucy. Of course mustard and ketchup are always an option too.
How to Freeze Vegan Burger Patties:
- Place each formed pattie on a small sheet of parchment paper. Layer 3-4 patties on top of each other (with parchment paper in between).
- Transfer to a glass, freezer safe container covered with a lid. When ready to eat you can take out as many as you like and place them directly inside of a toaster oven and cook until golden brown on both sides flipping half way. You could also just place them under the broiler or thaw them out first and pan sear in a skillet.
Meatless Burgers That Check All the Boxes:
- Meaty & Hearty
- Protein Loaded
- Easy to Make from Scratch + Grillable
- 100% Plant Based.
What About the Soy?
Vegan Meaty Recipes:
How to Make Vegan Burger Patties from Scratch:
Vegan Burger Patties
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 cups soy curls or TVP crumbles
- 2 cups water hot
- 4-5 tbsp tapioca
- 2 tbsp olive oil (omit on WFPB & Plantricious diet)
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder or to taste
- 3 cloves garlic grated
- 1 tbsp smoke paprika or 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp roasted beets grated
- 1.5 tsp sea salt (smoked is ideal but optional)
- black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs + more as needed (whole wheat or panko)
- 5 tbsp wheat gluten (OPTIONAL - add this if you want the patties to be firmer and hold together the best on a grill).
- In a mixing bowl combine the Soy Curls or TVP with the hot water and allow to soak for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Drain any wring out and excess water. Fluff with a work if using TVP.If using soy curls instead make sure to give them a buzz in the food processor after soaking, so that the texture is similar to that of TVP or the rice grains. You want a nice texture not powder.
- Add the cooked brown rice and the soy to the bowl of a food processor together with the soy sauce, smoked paprika, beets and all the spices including the tapioca. Use the pulse button to gradually mix everything until combined. DO NOT over process, make sure to keep the nice texture in there, a few quick of pulses is enough.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the panko bread crumbs. (If you want an extra firm burger pattie that holds tighter together you also might wanna add the vital wheat gluten or or just up the bread crumbs until firm to your liking. You'll have to try both variations and see which one you like best.)
- Wet or lightly oil your hands and form the mixture into patties. You can make 6 to 8 depending on how big you like them to be.
- Pan sear each burger in a hot cast iron skillet for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown. ( I sprayed my skillet with a little oil just enough to keep the burgers from sticking).
- Alternatively you can cook them inside of a toaster oven and allow to cool off for a few minutes before serving or just throw them on a grill if making the wheat gluten ones.
How to Freeze the Veggie Patties:
- Follow the above recipe then place each pattie on a small sheet of parchment paper. Layer 3-4 patties on top of each other (with parchment paper in between) and place in a glass freezer safe container covered with a lid. When ready to eat you can place the patties directly inside of a toaster oven and cook until golden brown on both sides flipping half way.
- To make this recipe WFPB and Plantricious compliant make sure to omit the oil in the recipe and use soy curls not TVP.
- If you want an extra firm burger pattie that holds tighter together and is easily grillable, make sure to add the vital wheat gluten into the mix. I promise you won't even taste it but the texture will be perfect.
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I have been waiting for someone to come out with a beyond burger copy cat! thank you! can’t wait to try it!
Hope you love it, please report back!
I can’t have soy is there something else I can use in place of that? Or can I omit?:
I have not experimented without the soy, it’s really important for the meaty texture in this recipe. I’ll update the post if i find a way around it.
Would cooked bulgar work?
Yes any whole grains you love could work here!
there is chickpea or wheat based tvp that can replace tsp and aminos or vegan henderson sauce to replace soya sauce
The colour is truly off putting – as a vegan I on’t want to be reminded of minced up flesh. So thank you, but I will pass on these.
Dear Sara, thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us. It’s ok not to like the color of beets and it’s ok not to like this veggie burger at all, seems like you got this down. As a vegan myself who cares for all animals I created this veggie burger recipe with the transitioning friends in mind. So instead of cooking animals they make this delicious veggie burger instead without compromising on flavor. You see this burger is a major win for the animals and a great help for the people transitioning to a plant based vegan diet after having been conditioned to eat animal flesh. It’s really sad that you missed that.
Do you think using yellow beets would work as a substitute for purple beets? Perhaps the color would be less off-putting for more sensitive diners. Just a thought.
Just omit the beets in this case, they are just used for color mainly so no need to sub with anything else.
I have no idea why people want to comment negatively without trying it….rude. My carnivorous husband and teenage son have been eating vegan for about 4 months WITHOUT KNOWING IT lol because of recipes like this…..double win for this vegan wife/mom!!! Thank you for your recipes!
This makes me so happy, thank you so much for reporting back Tonya ~ Florentina Xo’s
I would give this a 5 star for texture and flavour. Recipe needs to be tweaked a little for quantities. TVP should indicate finished quantity. I soaked 2 cups tvp and had a ton of leftovers. Also added a bit of liquid smoke. My carnivore husband approved of this one.
Where is the tapioca in the directions? When to add? Or what kind of tapioca? Thanks!
Add it together with all the spices, you’ll need tapioca flour not pearls.
So I modified it. Didn’t have starch and don’t want to use that anyway. Didn’t have beet, left out oil, and forgot the breadcrumbs. It still worked as a burger but fell apart a little. However it was AWESOME as raw taco filling. I’ve been making tacos for a few weeks trying to figure it out. Having only been vegan for a few months. It’s either too dry and everything falls out, or it’s all mushy like refried beans. This gave a great meat texture and taste. I also think it could work as sloppy joe filling.
Awesome recipe! I definitely over blended it the first time, but nailed it today! I subbed the vwg/breadcrumbs for tempei to give it a richer flavor, but still grillable. Thank you so much for this! It’s such a nice change from the black bean burgers and such. 🙂
This burger looks exactly like the picture. I think it had a little too much rice. It was a bit crunchy from the rice. I would cut back on rice and add more liquid smoke and soy sauce for flavor. I loved the beets added for color. It took me quite a bit longer than 20 minutes to prepare but I have enough leftovers to freeze for a couple more meals. Not like beyond burger but much less fat.
Hey Vicki, why was your rice crunchy ? It’s supposed to be already cooked and soft 😉
Can you substitute the tapioca with anything?
Yes you can use some cornstarch or rice flour instead.
I was going to ask the same. Might Yuca flour/cassava starch work in replacement of tapioca as well? I love the mix of ingredients in this recipe and look of the burger.
Yes, cassava flour will work just fine Loli!
I really loved it now making more to freeze
Thank you, Florentina! This is the best vegan burger we’ve had (after many so-so bean burgers). I made two changes: I left out the beets, because I don’t have ’em, don’t like ’em, and don’t need my burger to look like raw meat, LOL. And I added a generous hit of homemade mushroom powder (dehydrated and ground organic shiitakes). Wonderful.
This makes me so happy and I love the mushroom powder addition, great call I will add some myself!
This burger was just delicious! My favorite plant based burger so far. I think next time I may add a bit more bread crumbs to firm it up a bit more. Flavour is totally on point though.
For a firmer grillable burger just add about 1/3 cup pf vital wheat gluten to the recipe, i updated the recipe to reflect this suggestion as well.
Absolutely the best vegan burger recipe so far. I love that it’s not another bean burger, since I made them in the cast iron grill pan I sprinkled in some wheat gluten and the patties held together beautifully. Will definitely be keeping some of these in my freezer. Thank you for sharing Florentina ❤️
Great recipe! I was recently thinking on why I could not make veggie burgers with TVP crumbles so I goggled it and found your recipe. I substituted sushi rice and used a 4.5 inch burger press and they come out very firm from the sticky rice. I froze a few and they defrost well and easy to grill. Can’t wait to try other variations. Never need to buy them again!
Thanks for reporting back Michael, I’m so glad this recipe worked out so well for you. Woohoo!
Hi! How long will these stay frozen?
You can keep them up to 6 months, any longer and they will start getting freezer burn in my experience.
Anything that can sub for rice? We don’t eat grains.
Chickpeas, lentils, etc?
I haven’t tested it without the rice, I would give it a try with quinoa and pan fry them.
Wanna explain TVP? Some people are new to the vegan regime! May want to keep that in mind when posting recipes with abbreviations!
TVP is textured vegetable protein – a soy product that resembles ground meat, i personally prefer the soy curls which are just dehydrated soy beans and the are perfect chopped up into crumbles for these burgers but also soups and stews and stuffing peppers, tacos etc..
My husband and I loved these burgers. The flavors and texture were amazing. He was impressed with his last two bites keeping its original shape. They were moist, but not mushy like so many plant based burgers.
I dehydrated the soy curls in veggie broth instead of water and didn’t add oil which was optional.
For consistency, I added at the end 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 5 tablespoons of water.
I froze them and cooked them a week later straight from the freezer on medium heat on a grill pan for about 10 minutes each side. They turned out delicious with beautiful grill marks!
Will definitely make these burgers again.
Thanks for the cooking outcome and suggestions! I love the flaxseed idea, will try for mine tonight.
this recipe looks great.. Do you think it would work to bake it as a meatloaf?
Great idea, i don’t see why not…I would personally brush it with some of this vegan tomato sauce before baking https://veggiesociety.com/vegan-tomato-sauce-authentic-italian-recipe/
Hi, just came across your burger…. looks delicious but the sodium is high for my Dad.
Any suggestions to reduce the sodium? Thanks
Hi Christine, you can omit the salt entirely and just use the soy sauce and nutritional yeast.