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The Best Grillable Veggie Burger

The perfect veggie burger that can hold up during the grilling process with a perfect texture inside and out!
Course Main Dish
Servings 5 burgers


  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans cooked and drained
  • 1 cup brown rice cooked
  • 1/2 cup baby portabella mushrooms diced
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp barbecue sauce


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add walnuts and toast them for about 8 minutes, stirring them occasionally until they start to turn golden brown. Cool completely.
  • Grind the walnuts in the food processor just until they resemble breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions, and sauté until for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms and salt to the skillet.
  • When the mushrooms start releasing liquid, add the cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Cook until all the liquid evaporates.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the black beans, brown rice, sautéed mushrooms mixture, ground walnuts, breadcrumbs, and barbecue sauce. Mix until everything is well incorporated. Adjust the seasoning as desired.
  • Divide the burger mixture into 5 firmly packed patties, approximately ¾ inches thick. .
  • To grill the burgers, preheat your grill over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, then flip gently. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes on the other side.
  • To bake the burgers, bake on a well-greased baking sheet at 375°F for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • To fry the burgers, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to coat the pan. Cook burgers on one side for 5 minutes, then flip. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Can freeze raw burgers by placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once semi-frozen, stack burgers with parchment paper in between each burger. Store in air-tight container for up to 6 months.


Recipe courtesy of Make Your Meals
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