Veggie burgers are one of my favorite foods. The others include Cauliflower Wings, lazy sushi, and almost anything with potatoes and cauliflower, like baked fries wrapped in romaine lettuce, or Aloo Gobi.
This is my first Green Burger recipe that I’ve tried and I really like it! It has so much green packed into each patty, and you can’t even tell. This vegan Green Machine Burger is filled with green things like spinach, baby kale, green onion, green peas, and broccoli. The rest of the ingredients provide a tender burger texture and add savory flavor.
Plus, this green veggie burger is oil-free, gluten-free, and made using whole plant foods, so it is perfect for those following a whole foods plant based diet. Plus, it is kid-friendly!
How to Make a Vegan Burger
Vegan burgers are very flexible, making it easy to get creative with your food. You can make a variety of burger flavors and use multiple types of ingredients, and still get an amazing vegan burger. All that needs some consistency is the base, then the rest is up to you!
Easy Vegan Burger Base
- 1 part starch – sweet potato, squash, peas.
- 1 part beans/legumes – chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, lentils
- 1 part oats, pulsed in food processor
- 3 TBSP flaxmeal for each “1 Part”. For example, if you use 1 cup starch, 1 cup beans, and 1 cup oats, then you should add 3 TBSP of flaxmeal
After your Vegan Burger Base is established, you can add almost anything you like, as long as it doesn’t add too much moisture. I typically use 1/4-1/2 cup almond, chickpea, or rice flour to soak up some moisture that I add. In this vegan Green Machine Burger recipe, the greens add moisture and it is soaked up by the almond flour. Any flour can be used, I like to keep my burgers gluten-free, besides the bun.
When you blend the ingredients, make sure to keep some texture. This will help the burgers to cook better and have a firmer texture when eaten.
If your burger mixture is too moist and doesn’t hold a shape, here is what you do:
- Transfer the mixture from the food processor to a bowl.
- Add in 2 TBSP of flour and 1 tsp of flaxmeal, and mix with a spoon or spatula. Do not blend in the food processor, or you will be blending out any texture and your burger will be mushy.
- Continue to add flour and flax until the mixture can form a patty and hold its shape.
Since vegan burgers are one of my favorites, I have quite a collection of burger recipes in addition to this Green Machine Burger…Here are a few that I’ve posted that you might like:
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Green Machine Veggie Burger
The Vegan Green Machine Burger is loaded with nutritious greens and filling fiber, but also packed with awesome veggie burger flavor! This burger is kid-friendly, oil-free, gluten-free, and WFPB-Friendly!
- Prep Time10 min
- Cook Time30 min
- Total Time40 min
For the Green Veggie Burger Patty
- 1 cup packed fresh spinach
- 1 cup packed fresh baby kale (or any kale)
- 3/4 cup frozen broccoli, defrosted
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup walnuts or cashews
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 3 TBSP flaxmeal
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
For the Burger
- 8 burger buns, lettuce cups, or other bun-alternative
- Sliced Onion
- Sauce of choice. I like tahini with this green burger, but burger sauce (2 parts mayo, 1 part ketchup) is always a good choice.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the spinach, kale, broccoli, and green onion to a food processor. Blend until well mixed, but not completely pureed.
Add the other ingredients to the food processor and pulse until well combined, but with texture remaining. Test the mixture to see if it can hold a burger patty shape. If not, refer to the above directions on how to reduce moisture.
Roll the mixture into 8, 3-inch diameter patties and place on a lined baking sheet. I always use a silicone baking mat to prevent sticking for all my baked recipes.
Bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake another 10-15 minutes, or until firm.
(As an alternative, you can cook the patties on the stove-top in a lightly oiled pan for 2-3 minutes per side on medium heat)
I hope you enjoy this Green Machine Vegan Burger! If you try it, tag me in your social media posts, I love to see them!