Formula for making a perfect veggie burger without a recipe and grillable recipes too

MEMORIAL DAY — Annie McGee, writing for One Green Planet, has had her shares of ups and downs making veggie burgers over the years and so have we. There are many tried and true recipes but McGee takes that extra step for us.

McGee has a formula for making a perfect veggie burger. Here it is!

Photo: Annie McGee.
Photo: Annie McGee.

Formula for Making Perfect Veggie Burger

(1) The Base. Start your base with a good plant-based protein or a steady starch.

(2) Add Veggies. Add low-moisture veggies first. Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, root veggies, beets, and so forth, roughly chopped.

(3) Add a Binder. About a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of oats, bread crumbs, prepared quinoa, leftover rice, etc. Alternately, you can use a few tablespoons of binders like flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp hearts.

(4) Kick Up the Flavor. Add some nutritional yeast, garlic, seasoned salt, pepper, freshly picked herbs, or whatever strikes your fancy. The flavors and flavor pairings are pretty much endless.  Tip: For a fresh-0ff-the-grill BBQ taste, add some tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke.

(5) Add Final Textures. These are items that should be mixed in by hand, and not processed. Some of the things are too wet and might ruin the texture, some have flavor notes that would overpower the rest of the burger. Examples are apple chunks, jalapeños, blueberries, pineapple chunks, roughly chopped onion, and bell peppers.

(6) Shape and Bake. Preheat your oven to 450°F. Form the batter into patties — you should have anywhere between 8-10 — and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, flip, and bake for about 4-6 additional minutes.

Are you thinking, yeah, but what about the fun of being outside waiting for food fresh off the grill with that outdoor flavor?

Grill vegetables such as potatoes, sweet corn, yams or mushrooms and onions. Wrap them in foil and away you go.

Still not completely doing it for you? Get some totally terrific ideas from these links.

Grillable Veggie Burgers (and Vegan where noted)

10 Epic Veggie Burgers to Throw on the Grill | One Green Planet »

The Quinoa and White Bean Burger (Vegan) is my personal favorite, and our Featured Image up top. So very delicious. I also adore the Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto (Vegan).

I love black beans as a base and I promise this veggie will hold together on the grill.

Grillable Veggie Burger | Minimalist Baker »

Grillable Veggie Burgers. Minimalist Baker.
Grillable Veggie Burgers. Minimalist Baker.

Here’s another!

Kate’s Grillable Black Bean Burgers (Vegan) »

These are super easy to make. You will probably have most of the ingredients on hand too. This recipe is featured on VegWeb.com and comes from Kate’s blog Vegan Ventures.

Hope you try at least one of these tasty burgers. Let us know what you think. Bye for now!

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Quinoa and White Bean Burger (Vegan); One Green Planet.

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