The Best Vegetarian Burgers Ever

05 June 2018 by Natanja

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  • Juicy and flavourful red bean patties alongside fresh lettuce, tomatoes and a mouth-watering homemade burger sauce, all stacked up in a soft bun.

    The best vegetarian burgers ever! Made with red bean patties and a homemade burger sauce.

    I am not someone who throws out the word best whenever something is to my liking. I save it for the times when I have found something truly unique and life changing delicious. These vegetarian bean burgers really do deserve this title. They are everything you could want in a vegetarian burger. When attempting a vegetarian version of a burger the most challenging part is getting the texture right as well as achieving a lot of flavour. Let’s face it, meat has great texture and a lot of flavour on its own. But that doesn’t mean we cannot make a delicious and equally flavourful vegetarian counterpart to a classic burger.

    Kidney Beans

    Enter: red beans aka kidney beans. Most vegetarian burger recipes will call for black beans. While I like black beans and their earthy flavour, they aren’t quite as interesting and tasty as red beans. In comparison, black beans are way more bland and neutral in flavour. While that is nothing bad per se, we want to make burgers that will knock your socks off and for that we need a lot of flavour. Red beans aren’t only delicious, they also have a slight sweet taste which makes the patties all the better.

    While the red beans make up the majority of these patties, we are also adding bread crumbs for better texture and shape, as well as onions, garlic, salsa, sweet corn and spices for a deep flavour. My absolute favourite salsa is the Texicana Salsa by Maggi. It is hands down the best salsa I have ever had and it’s the only one we buy. We literally always have 3 bottles of it in the pantry. It’s so flavourful and delicious, unlike any other store-bought salsa. If you cannot get your hands on it and the salsa you are using isn’t as flavourful, I suggest increasing the spices. 

    The best vegetarian burgers ever! Made with red bean patties and a homemade burger sauce.

    Another great thing about these patties is that they hold their shape. There is nothing more frustrating than getting out your pan, preparing your patties and firing up your stove only to have the patties completely fall apart the moment you try to flip them. These patties do a great job at staying put! You do need to fry them at least 2 minutes on one side before attempting to flip them. This will give your patties the needed structure to hold their shape. You can make them in a frying pan or you can grill these in either a grilling pan or your outdoor grill. Both options are delicious!

    Burger Sauce

    A great burger isn’t complete without a mouth-watering sauce dripping down the sides of it. While the burger on its own is already great, this sauce takes it up to perfection. It has a savory, sweet and tangy flavour that pairs extremely well with burgers or fries. Made with simple ingredients such as ketchup, mayo, mustard and various spices it is easy and quick to make. The best part is, you probably have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry right now!

    The best vegetarian burgers ever! Made with red bean patties and a homemade burger sauce.


    Now let’s talk about add-ins. This is extremely customizable, so feel free to add any vegetable or protein you like. For this recipe I used, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles and cheddar. Since we are making the patties as well as the sauce from scratch, I wanted to keep the add-ins rather simple. But you can go all out and add e.g. caramelized onions or grilled halloumi or sautéed mushrooms,… the sky’s the limit! Because there are so many options of how you can tailor this burger to your liking, this would make a fun bar-style meal. Think of a burger bar for Father’s Day! I bet every dad would love it (I know mine would!). It also frees up your time whilst entertaining because you can make everything ahead of time. Chop up all the add-ins, prepare your patties ahead of time and pre-cut your burger buns. Then just reheat the patties and bake the buns and potato wedges when your guests are ready to eat. #entertainingmadeeasy

    Speaking of Father’s Day, what’s on the menu at your house? Are you going the traditional route and cooking up some good old burgers or are you dining out? What are your plans for the day? Let me know in the comment section down below!

    The best vegetarian burgers ever! Made with red bean patties and a homemade burger sauce.

    As I have said, these burgers are incredibly customizable, which means that you can also easily create a vegan version of these. The patties are already vegan, so no need to make any changes there. Simply omit the cheese (or sub with vegan cheddar) and use vegan mayo for the burger sauce. Violà vegan burgers!

    These burgers are a regular in our household and we have made them for a ton of friends and family. We even brought them to a party where meat was served, and much to our surprise, people went for them just as much as for the meat version. I think that says a lot! We have been asked for this recipe so many times, it was about time that I finally published it here on my blog. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you make it, be sure to tag it with #homebakedbliss on Instagram so I can see your delicious creations. 

    Happy Father’s Day! 

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    The Best Vegetarian Burgers Ever

    • Total Time: 1 hour
    • Yield: 8 burgers 1x


    Flavourful red bean patties, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, sweet red onions and a mouthwatering homemade burger sauce combined in a soft bun. Burger perfection!



    Burger Sauce

    • 5 tablespoons mayo
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1 teaspoon relish, optional
    • 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
    • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    • salt and black pepper to taste


    • 500g cooked kindey beans (2 cups)
    • 100g breadcrumbs (1 cup)
    • 230g cooked sweet corn (1 cup)
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • salsa (1/3 cup)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • olive oil for frying


    • lettuce
    • tomatoes
    • red onions
    • pickles
    • cheddar
    • 8 burger buns
    • optional: potato wedges


    Burger Sauce

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside.


    1. In a large bowl, combine the red beans, breadcrumbs, sweet corn, onion, garlic, salsa, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher, until no large chunks remain and let it sit for a few minutes.* In the meantime, prepare your vegetables.
    2. Wash the lettuce and tomatoes. Peel and chop the red onion into thin slices. Cut the pickles and tomatoes into thin slices.
    3. Shape the bean mixture into palm size patties. You should have 8 patties in total.
    4. Heat a large non-stick skillet and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Fry the patties on medium-high heat, at least 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Put a piece of cheddar on top of each patty and cover with a lid to let it melt.
    5. Toast the burger buns in the oven, using the fan at 180C or 350F until golden and slightly crispy. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
    6. Assemble the burgers by adding your patties, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and burger sauce to the buns.
    7. Serve immediatly (with potato wedges if using).


    *The mixture will be quite firm, that’s okay! This way it holds its shape while cooking, don’t be tempted to add more liquids.

    Incredibly flavourful vegetarian burgers with a vegan option too! Perfect for Father's Day, bbqs or summer parties.














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    1. Iryna on 6. June 2018 at 15:57

      I love vegetarian burgers and make them now and then. I gotta try incorporating kidney beans next time. Your recipe looks delicious!

      • Natanja on 6. June 2018 at 16:08

        Thanks Iryna! Vegetarian burgers are also a regular in our home. We make them at least 2x a month. It’s such a quick dinner, especially if you prepare the patties ahead of time! Great for lazy days. 🙂

    2. Sunrita on 6. June 2018 at 16:11

      Ooh wow! Wonder if these burgers can be grilled on the bbq? Love your homemade burger sauce.. surely making it at home.

      • Natanja on 6. June 2018 at 16:19

        Hi Sunrita! Yes, the patties definitely can be grilled! They hold their shape really well. Just make sure to let them crisp up on the bottom side before flipping.

    3. Jessica Formicola on 6. June 2018 at 16:11

      These burgers are so perfect for any summer BBQ!

      • Natanja on 6. June 2018 at 16:21

        Agreed! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Jessica!

    4. linda spiker on 6. June 2018 at 16:18

      THAT is a good looking burger! I would never miss the meat!

      • Natanja on 6. June 2018 at 16:56

        Thanks Linda! That’s definitely a compliment. 🙂

    5. Karly on 6. June 2018 at 16:33

      This burger looks amazing! Love the sauce mixture!

    6. Cindy Gordon on 6. June 2018 at 16:42

      100 times YASSSSSS So good! We have a delicious burger sauce that we use, but this one is now my new fav!

      • Natanja on 6. June 2018 at 17:02

        Haha thanks Cindy! Love the enthusiasm. 🙂

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