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 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!

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

The Iron You: No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

FRIDAY FEAST DAY — It’s Friday. We’ve had a long hard week.

Let’s pep ourselves up by taking a look at a recipe from The Iron You for a totally delectable feasty treat certain to titillate your taste buds. And make you a most beloved guest when you arrive with them your next get-together. Oh. It’s quick and easy too.

No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars
Image Source: The Iron You.

No Bake 4 Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

Makes 16 bars

Almond butter layer

1 cup almond butter
6 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup coconut flour (I used Viva Naturals)
Pinch of salt

Chocolate layer

6 oz / 170 gr dark chocolate (I used +70% Green & Black’s)
½ cup almond butter

Go here for directions »

Go Vegan

We never want to come off as sounding preachy. It’s just that it’s so cool to be Vegan and has such a huge impact.

Yes, the above recipe is Vegan. There is no more effective way to protect animals, the planet and yes, you too, than taking up this wonderful lifestyle. Results are 100% guaranteed and it’s something you do every single day — eat. In whole or in part, you are changing the world for the better every single time you choose a Vegan diet.

Minted sweet pea hummus

VEGAN RECIPE — Weekend warriors need snacks. We have a terrific recipe for you from The Iron You. It is delightful with pita chips. Just look!

Minted Sweet Pea Hummus by The Iron You. Vegan. See
Minted Sweet Pea Hummus by The Iron You. Vegan. Click image to go there now.

Mike at The Iron You writes:

I know that the word “hummus” implies the use of chickpeas, so I’m definitely taking liberties with the name, by using regular peas as the base legume, instead of garbanzo beans.

But this hummus is delicious and fresh and so full of taste with the peas and the mint.

Whether you dip in some veggies, serve it with pita chips, put it on a rice cake, or use it as a spread in your sandwiches, this Minted Sweet Pea Hummus is just incredible.

You need to try it, STAT.

We agree. Go there now »


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, quartered
2 cups sweet peas (fresh or frozen)
¾ cup water
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

You will need a food processor for this recipe.


Go to The Iron You for directions »

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Vegan Super Bowl LI Recipes

Because it has been all hands to battle stations on just about every horse protection issue there is (plus some we are only just learning about), we have not put together a new list of Vegan snacks for this year’s Super Bowl. But do not despair.

There is nothing wrong with taking a look at last year’s Vegan Super Bowl recipes. I am going to make all of them plus the one below and watch movies instead (don’t tell anyone).

The Hummus That Changed Everything

I am adding the following recipe to my list of goodies for Super Sunday. It is one I make regularly and never, ever get tired of. It is indeed “The Hummus That Changed Everything“. It’s from Oh She Glows. Naturally!

The Hummus That Changed Everything by Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows. Vegan cooking at its best.
The Hummus That Changed Everything by Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows. Vegan cooking at its best.


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, liquid reserved and set aside
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 Cup tahini
  • 7-8 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp reserved chickpea liquid (or water)
  • 4-8 drops of Tabasco sauce (amazing), to taste
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Paprika, for garnish

Go here for instructions »

But the treat I am most looking forward to from last year is the one pictured below. Sun-Dried Tomato Basil pinwheels.

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pinwheels by Minimalist Baker.
Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pinwheels by Minimalist Baker.

This recipe is so easy.

Dana, who created it, says “This recipe is simple, requiring just 8 ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare! Just stir filling ingredients, spread into a tortilla, roll and slice!”

Get the recipe here »

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