Vegetable Burgers with Chilli Mayo

July 10th, 2011

There are some recipes that once tried, just need to be shared with others.

I love burgers, my Mum and Nick both make great beef burger patties, and I will often order chicken schnitzel burgers and beef burgers when out for dinner or lunch. I never tend to buy vegetable burgers, as I’ve had a few dry and tasteless ones in the past.

Trying these though, have changed my mind totally on the vegetable burger, and I have my sister to thank. It was easy to make (and would have been easier if I had taken my food processor around) and tasted amazing. No one could wait to have them for lunches the next day too, which meant we couldn’t try freezing them (as that would be a great dinner to take out of the freezer, just thaw and cook). I guess this means we will just have to make them again 🙂

The patty was a little more delicate in structure than a normal patty, and this slightly worsened for the lunch meals, although perhaps we needed to pat out some of the liquid. Nonetheless – what an amazing dinner and lunch!

I think it’s about time we made another batch – let me know if you get a chance to try them 🙂

Vegetable Burgers with Chilli Mayo

Recipe adapted from Best Recipes

Makes approximately 12 burger patties

1 tablespoon olive oil, approx
1 onion, diced finely + a pinch of salt
2 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed in water, drained and patted dry, then roughly chopped or processed
1 sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 zucchini, grated
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons curry powder
3 teaspoons vegetable stock powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil for frying

6 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
6 tablespoons mayonaise

12 burger buns
1 lettuce (6-12 leaves, sliced or torn)
2-3 tomatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 onions, sliced + a pinch of salt
avocado, sliced, optional
sweet potato chips to serve, optional

Heat oil at medium heat in a medium saucepan, cook the diced onion, stirring occasionally until caramelised (will take about 10 minutes or more). Once caramelised, remove from heat and cool. Make caramelised onions for on top of the patty in the same saucepan with the 3 sliced onions and extra oil (will take more than 10 minutes) – Allow this to cook on low whilst making the patty mixture.

For the vegetable patty, mix the caramelised diced onions, chickpeas, sweet potato, zucchini, carrot, curry powder, vegetable stock powder, eggs and bread crumbs. Allow to stand for 10minutes, if the mixture is too moist, squeeze out excess liquid, or pat with a paper towel.

Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions, roll and then pat into patties the same size/width as the burger buns. Heat a large saucepan or frypan on medium/high heat and cook the patties in a small amount of oil until cooked through, turning once the first side is nicely browned.

Place the cooked patty on a grilled burger bun and top with chilli sauce mixed with mayonnaise, caramelised onion, lettuce, avocado and tomato. Serve with sweet potato chips or a salad.


  1. Beta Gal says:

    I once bought veggie burger ‘mince’ that basically consisted of refried beans. I don’t know how the manufacturers got the consistency to be firmer, but when these were fried they had a crisp outer layer and a soft middle. I’ve liked them better than any other veggie patty I’ve tried. Unfortunately I’ve never seen them again.

  2. Mum says:

    These burgers were delicious and I would highly recommend them to anyone. They would be a great choice for anyone who is vegetarian.
    Great pictures Anita!!!!!

  3. Barbara says:

    The last time I made a veggie burger, it fell completely apart in the pan. It was good, but it stopped me from trying again. Perhaps this is common. I like the ingredients in yours and am tempted to try again.
    (Are those sweet potato fries I see? Yum!)

  4. Jenny says:

    what a great recipe, I’m yet to try it but I’m recently in love with chickpeas. I might pass this onto my colleague who’s a vegetarian so I’m sure she will love this!!

  5. With chickpeas and sweet potato they must be good! You’re right that they’d be a great backup in the freezer, but I guess that might make them even more fragile.

  6. betty says:

    that burger looks delicious!

  7. I love the idea of a burger made of chickpeas. Haven’t seen that yet, and I subscribe to a lot of food blogs. Nice idea! And sweet potato chips look like the perfect side too.

  8. Carissa says:

    Delicious!!! I made them and my husband LOVED them!!

  9. Carissa says:

    Delicious!! I made them for my husband and he LOVED them! He keeps wanting me to make them again.

  10. kings lynn says:

    Wow, that looks really good. I think I would eat it. Not so sure about the toddler he is so picky lately but that looks really good.

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