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How to make a Veggie Burger from scratch - that even meat eaters will love!

Updated on February 3, 2013

Vegetarian Meals

Are you looking for an extra special veggie burger that has the touch of gourmet? Look no more this is the recipe. A little time consuming but worth the prep and the uncooked patties freeze really well.

In the summer my daughter decided not to eat meat any more. I was fine with this - I had been vegetarian as a child but I loved cheese. My daughter doesn't like cheese and she cannot drink milk in large quantities because it brings on her excema, So my big concern was ensuring she had enough protein in her diet. We agreed that eggs and fish would remain in the diet and the revised family menu planning began!

One of the cook books recommended by a colleague and friend and which I know first hand has delicious vegetarian recipes is the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook. Rebar is a restaurant in Victoria BC which serves fabulous lunches and dinners using fresh and organic ingredients. http://www.rebarmodernfood.com/

The recipe below is an adaptation of the Rebar Botanical Burger - adapted because I could not get a couple of the ingredients in my local supermarket and I prefer pecans to hazelnuts.

I also ensured the burger I made is gluten and wheat free by using Bragg Liquid Soy Seasoning rather than regular soy sauce.

Vegetarian Burger - load up with greens, sliced tomatoes and relish of your choice. Serve on a gluten and wheat free bun (optional) or wrap with toppings in lettuce.
Vegetarian Burger - load up with greens, sliced tomatoes and relish of your choice. Serve on a gluten and wheat free bun (optional) or wrap with toppings in lettuce. | Source
Use Bragg Liquid Soy for wheat and gluten free burgers. http://www.bragg.com/
Use Bragg Liquid Soy for wheat and gluten free burgers. http://www.bragg.com/ | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 8-10 burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 cup each of grated carrot; turnip beetroot and zucchini
  • 2 tsp salt
  • to taste fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground dill week
  • 1 cup mashed potato (do not add butter or milk to mash)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or roasted hazelnuts)
  • 2 tbsp Bragg Liquid Soy
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped tarragon
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • optional 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, (makes a complete protein)

Vegetarian Burger Preparation and Cooking

Stir chopped vegetables into transparent onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes.
Stir chopped vegetables into transparent onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes.
Pulse chopped vegetables, nuts, tarragon, parsley and rice in food processor until combined
Pulse chopped vegetables, nuts, tarragon, parsley and rice in food processor until combined | Source
Cooked shaped patties in olive oil for 20 mins, turning once to brown both sides
Cooked shaped patties in olive oil for 20 mins, turning once to brown both sides | Source

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Method

  1. Prepare 1 cup brown rice - Heat 1 cup brown rice with 2 cups water, a little salt and olive oil. When rice is boilling cover with tight fitting lid and turn down to low heat - cook covered for 45 mins. Peel and bring potatoes to a boil for 20 mins. Mash
  2. In the meantime grate, and chop vegetables. Cook onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are transparent, add grated vegetables, dill, salt and pepper and heat stirring from time to time for 10 minutes. Place in food processor and allow to cool.
  3. Add rice and pecans or hazelnuts, tarragon and parsley to food processor and pulse until ingredients are combined. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in mashed potatoes and soy. Season to taste.
  4. Take a handful of the mix and shape into a patty. Mixture will make 8-10 patties. NOTE If the mixture is not holding together you can add fresh breadcrumbs (wheat and gluten free bread if making for wgf diets) but you should not have to do this.
  5. Cook patties in a skillet in olive oill until browned on both sides - about 20 mins. Serve with crisp greens, sliced tomatoes, relish and mayonnaise. Use eggless mayo for vegans. Delicious!

Wheat and Gluten Free Hamburger Buns

If you don't have a wheat and gluten free store or local bakery near you you can purchase products on line. The following link suggests and reviews products such as hamburger and hot dog buns that are wheat and gluten free. http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/GlutenFreeBreadProducts/tp/Gluten-Free-Hamburger-Buns-Hot-Dog-Buns.htm

Personally I prefer my burger without the bun and load up with lots of relish, cheese and veggies including avocado. Or, try wrapping your burger and toppings in iceberg or romaine leaves.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Phildazz thanks for the compliment!

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      Allan Philip 4 years ago from Toronto

      I love your hubpage, it's so beneficial in every which way. If it was up to me, I'll rate it 20 out of 10. Cheers

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks for pinning Mommey Needs a Nap.

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      Michelle Clairday 5 years ago from Arkansas

      This sounds wonderful. I will definitely try it. I pinned it for later.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      justmesuzanne thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy them.

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      justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow! That's an amazing looking substitute! I'll have to give it a try. Voted up and useful! :)

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks for reading carol7777. One tip I learned is not to make the patties not too thick. I hope you like them when you make the recipe.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      These are ingredients I never thought of using. I am certainly going to bookmark this and try sometimes. My husband adores hamburgers..will check back. Voted UP.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Teaches 12345 always appreciate your comments. Thanks. It is a little time consuming but I loved the taste and we made enough to freeze for another time

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I do like your recipe suggestions. We eat a vegetarian meal a couple times a week. The store bought burgers are tolerable, but I think your home made idea is much better. I love that you have Bragg's listed here as it is a great add to any dish. Thanks for sharing this one and I am truly going to make one this week. Voted up.