Chipotle Burgers

Chipotle Burgers are served on a toasty bun and topped with avocado, Pepper Jack cheese, and a special chipotle sauce. Guaranteed to be everyone’s new favorite grilled burger. Chipotle Burgers take your regular hamburgers and add adobo sauce and chipot…

Chipotle Burgers are served on a toasty bun and topped with avocado, Pepper Jack cheese, and a special chipotle sauce. Guaranteed to be everyone’s new favorite grilled burger. Chipotle Burgers take your regular hamburgers and add adobo sauce and chipotle peppers for an incredible, smoky flavor that’s made even better by some time on the…

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Wait—Have We Been Grilling Burgers All Wrong?

There is perhaps no dish more quintessentially American than the hamburger. Like most other foods, its creator and origin are up for debate, yet the hamburger is, without a doubt, solidly stitched into the fabric of everything that is Americana.

Sure,…

There is perhaps no dish more quintessentially American than the hamburger. Like most other foods, its creator and origin are up for debate, yet the hamburger is, without a doubt, solidly stitched into the fabric of everything that is Americana.

Sure, there are bad burgers out there. And dare I say, they are still satisfying. Great burgers, though? They can be prophetic.

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Falafel Burger

This insanely good falafel burger is easy to make and bursting with Mediterranean flavor! Smother in sauce for an epic vegetarian or vegan dinner. Oh hello. Meet our favorite vegetarian and vegan dinner recipe: the Falafel Burger! We don’t always have the energy to fry up a batch of authentic falafel. So eating it in burger form is the next best thing! These are easy to make with canned chickpeas. The combination of a cumin and coriander-scented chickpea patty with cool cucumber sauce and all the fixin’s is pretty darn epic. It’s a healthy vegetarian and vegan dinner recipe that everyone loves. Why make falafel burgers? These falafel burgers are much easier to whip up than our classic falafel sandwich. That sandwich is full of beautiful, authentic flavor: but it does require some thinking ahead. This one is a little easier! Here’s why to make falafel in burger form: You can use canned chickpeas! No need to soak dried chickpeas overnight. This means you can make it with little to no advanced planning (a big plus in our book). Easy to shape. The patties are much easier to shape than the balls with traditional falafel: and you only have to […]

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This insanely good falafel burger is easy to make and bursting with Mediterranean flavor! Smother in sauce for an epic vegetarian or vegan dinner.

Falafel burger

Oh hello. Meet our favorite vegetarian and vegan dinner recipe: the Falafel Burger! We don’t always have the energy to fry up a batch of authentic falafel. So eating it in burger form is the next best thing! These are easy to make with canned chickpeas. The combination of a cumin and coriander-scented chickpea patty with cool cucumber sauce and all the fixin’s is pretty darn epic. It’s a healthy vegetarian and vegan dinner recipe that everyone loves.

Why make falafel burgers?

These falafel burgers are much easier to whip up than our classic falafel sandwich. That sandwich is full of beautiful, authentic flavor: but it does require some thinking ahead. This one is a little easier! Here’s why to make falafel in burger form:

  • You can use canned chickpeas! No need to soak dried chickpeas overnight. This means you can make it with little to no advanced planning (a big plus in our book).
  • Easy to shape. The patties are much easier to shape than the balls with traditional falafel: and you only have to make four!
  • No messy frying! Authentic falafel requires frying, which can be a little tricky. These falafel burgers need just a quick and easy fry with a drizzle of oil, then they’re finished in the oven.
Best falafel burger

Ingredients in falafel burgers

This falafel burger is a great healthy dinner idea when you’re cooking for many diets! It’s vegetarian and vegan, and you can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free flour. Here’s what you need to make a killer falafel burger:

  • Canned chickpeas: you can also use cooked chickpeas (try our stovetop or Instant Pot methods)
  • Carrot
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro or parsley, if you have a cilantro aversion!
  • Flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • Spices: Cumin, coriander, salt and pepper
  • Neutral oil
Cucumber sauce

Use a food processor or make them by hand

The main idea behind these falafel burgers: puree the ingredients to make a “dough”, form into patties, lightly pan fry them, then bake. There are two options for making the dough:

  • Food processor: This is our preferred method because it’s quick and easy. We have a large-sized food processor, which works great for a single or double batch (more about doubling it below).
  • By hand: You can also make the falafel burgers by hand if you don’t have a food processor. It takes a little longer, but you’ll mash the chickpeas with a fork, then grate all the vegetables.

Falafel sauce: 3 options!

There are several falafel sauce options that are authentic for serving with falafel. There are options for both vegetarian and vegan diets! Here’s a little breakdown:

  • Yogurt sauce: This yogurt-based Cucumber Sauce or Dill Sauce are quick and easy to whip up, and traditionally served on a falafel sandwich.
  • Tahini sauce: This Lemon Tahini Sauce is vegan and plant-based, and also traditional for serving with falafel. You could also add some chopped fresh dill for an herby punch.
  • Cilantro sauce: A green Cilantro Sauce is also traditional! This one is made with cashews and is another vegan option. Zhoug is another green sauce made with olive oil and herbs that’s served with falafel in Israel.
Tahini sauce
Lemon Tahini Sauce is a great vegan falafel sauce

Make a double batch: they refrigerate and freeze well!

The great thing about these falafel burgers is that they store very well! Consider making a double batch and saving them for easy meals. Since they take about 45 minutes start to finish, we like to double it so we have leftovers. Here’s storage info for falafel burgers:

  • Refrigerate for up to 1 week. You can reheat in a 350 degree oven if you’d like, or eat them cold or room temperature.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. The freeze well! Just thaw in the refrigerator or reheat in a 350 degree oven.
How to make a falafel burger

What to serve with falafel burgers?

Making a meal to impress a crowd and need some sides for these falafel burgers? Here’s what we’d recommend:

This falafel burger recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free. For gluten-free, use gluten-free flour and serve without a bun or with a GF bun.

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Falafel burger

Epic Falafel Burger


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This insanely good falafel burger is easy to make and bursting with Mediterranean flavor! Smother in sauce for an epic vegetarian or vegan dinner.


Ingredients

For the falafel burgers (double to make leftovers*)

  • 15-ounce can chickpeas (1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 large carrot
  • ½ red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, loosely packed (or parsley)
  • 6 tablespoons flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil (for frying)

For serving


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Dab the chickpeas with a paper towel to remove extra moisture, then place them in the bowl of a food processor. Add the sesame seeds, then process until a paste-like consistency is formed. (If you don’t have a food processor, use a potato masher or fork to mash them in a bowl until they’re mostly mashed.) Scrape the mixture into a bowl.
  3. Add the carrot, red onion, garlic, and cilantro to the bowl of the food processor; pulse until finely ground. (If you don’t have a food processor, use a large size grater to grate the onion and carrot, then finely grate the garlic and finely chop the cilantro.) Scrape the vegetables into the bowl with the chickpeas.
  4. Stir in the flour, cumin, coriander, kosher salt, and black pepper. Mix with a spoon until combined, then form 4 round patties and place them on a baking sheet.
  5. In a medium frying pan, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Carefully add the patties to the pan. If you have one, top with a splatter screen. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown on one side. Flip and fry for another 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown, turning down the heat as necessary.
  6. Transfer the patties to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and baked through. Remove the patties from the oven and let them cool for at least 15 minutes to firm up.
  7. Meanwhile, make the falafel sauce. To serve, place on a bun with tomato, cucumber, red onion, and lettuce, and top with sauce. The burgers save well in the refrigerator for 1 week, so they’re great to make ahead and eat throughout the week. They also freeze well!

Notes

*It’s easy to make 8 and freeze the rest for eating later: they also save well refrigerated for up to 1 week. Just double everything!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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More veggie burger recipes

Veggie burgers are so satisfying! Here are a few more veggie burger recipes to try:

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Our 17 Best Burger Recipes for Your Summer Rotation

We’ve partnered with St Pierre—makers of buttery-soft brioche buns perfect for grilling season—to share some of our favorite burger recipes of all time. Snag a pack (or many!) of their brioche buns in the deli or bakery section of your local supermarke…

We've partnered with St Pierre—makers of buttery-soft brioche buns perfect for grilling season—to share some of our favorite burger recipes of all time. Snag a pack (or many!) of their brioche buns in the deli or bakery section of your local supermarket, or use their handy store locator here.


Few summer eats are better than a freshly grilled burger, piled high with your favorite toppings and sandwiched between two soft brioche buns (their fluffy texture and just-right sweetness is the ultimate complement to all those juicy, savory flavors).

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Guacamole Bacon Burger

Guacamole Bacon Burgers are grilled to juicy perfection, and topped with guacamole, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese! The ULTIMATE burger! This is a SUPER savory, filling burger recipe! It’s a meat-eaters dream dinner and has so many favorites in one…

Guacamole Bacon Burgers are grilled to juicy perfection, and topped with guacamole, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese! The ULTIMATE burger! This is a SUPER savory, filling burger recipe! It’s a meat-eaters dream dinner and has so many favorites in one dish: burger, bacon, AND guacamole. Yum, yum, and YUM! Guacamole Bacon Burgers are a summer…

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Smoky Beet Burger with Minty Pea Puree

Beet burger is the queen of all veggie burgers. It is colorful, hearty, and delicious. This 7-ingredient beetroot burger recipe is vegan (so egg-free and dairy-free), but juicy, flavorful, and loaded with simple and easy to find ingredients like r…

Beet burger is the queen of all veggie burgers. It is colorful, hearty, and delicious. This 7-ingredient beetroot burger recipe is vegan (so egg-free and dairy-free), but juicy, flavorful, and loaded with simple and easy to find ingredients like raw, grated beets, cannellini beans, and oats. The result is a real crowd-pleaser, hearty, and so-so yummy...

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce. Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, we’ve got two methods: grilled or roasted. Of course, we prefer it grilled and eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal..but that’s just us! It’s fantastic in any season. Here are all the tricks to the very best portbello mushroom burger (we think). Make a portobello mushroom burger: grilled or roasted! To get the very best portobello mushroom burger there is, we think the grill is the number 1 method. But if it’s not summer and you want to make it too: roasting is nearly as tasty. Here’s a breakdown on both methods: Grilled portobello burger: You’ll use our Grilled Portobello Mushrooms method: grill those babies for about 15 minutes at medium high heat. Start with the gill side up, so when you flip all the extra liquid goes into the […]

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Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.

Portobello mushroom burger

Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, we’ve got two methods: grilled or roasted. Of course, we prefer it grilled and eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal..but that’s just us! It’s fantastic in any season. Here are all the tricks to the very best portbello mushroom burger (we think).

Make a portobello mushroom burger: grilled or roasted!

To get the very best portobello mushroom burger there is, we think the grill is the number 1 method. But if it’s not summer and you want to make it too: roasting is nearly as tasty. Here’s a breakdown on both methods:

  • Grilled portobello burger: You’ll use our Grilled Portobello Mushrooms method: grill those babies for about 15 minutes at medium high heat. Start with the gill side up, so when you flip all the extra liquid goes into the grates.
  • Roasted portobello burger: You need only 15 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit to roast up your mushrooms! Make sure to drain the extra liquid. Sometimes we like to add a few shakes of liquid smoke before roasting to emulate a grilled flavor. Just be careful not to overdo it!
Grilled portobello mushrooms

Two important things to know about portbello burgers

The key to the perfect portobello mushroom burger is the toppings. An important thing to keep in mind: portobello mushrooms have a soft texture. Sometimes they can get a little lost in the bun. This is why the toppings are so important. They add contrasting textures to make for a satisfying sandwich.

Another thing: portobello mushrooms are not filling! Because you’re using them in place of a protein, you’d think that they’d be just as filling as burger. Nope! A portobello mushroom burger is not filling unless you add toppings that have some protein. That’s why we like to load ours with cheese…

Portobello burger

Load on toppings to add texture and keep it filling!

With those two things in mind, you can construct a portobello mushroom burger that has texture and is filing! Here are the toppings that we chose — but of course, you can get creative and use whatever you’d like:

  • Lots of cheese! To keep it filling, we like to add lots of cheese (two slices). Substitute your favorite vegan cheese for a plant-based sandwich.
  • Crunchy veggies: Lettuce and red onion help to add texture and crunch
  • Tomato: Because it’s just good.
  • Sauces: It’s also important to add some great sauces to amp the flavor. We like adding Basil Pesto because it’s garlicky (optional), and then of course our Special Burger Sauce that’s super tangy, creamy and savory all at once.
Burger sauce

Top with special sauce

This Special Burger Sauce we created just for these portobello mushroom burgers! Veggie burgers in particular need good sauces, because they can be dry or bland without them. This burger sauce is like all your favorite burger condiments in one, and tastes a little like a Big Mac sauce. Here’s what’s in it:

  • Organic ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard (either yellow or Dijon)
  • Pickle juice
  • Hot sauce
Portobello mushroom burger

Make it a meal! What to serve with portobello mushroom burgers

These portobello mushroom burgers are a great vegetarian or vegan dinner idea! There are lots of sides that go well with burgers: here are some of our favorites:

This portobello mushroom burger recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use vegan cheese or omit and load with other toppings!

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Portobello mushroom burger

Perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (6 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.


Ingredients

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices provolone or sharp cheddar cheese (or substitute vegan cheese)
  • For serving: Buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Basil Pesto (optional), Special Burger Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit) or preheat an oven to 450 degrees*.
  2. Clean the portobello mushrooms and remove the stems. Place them on a baking sheet gill side up. Drizzle the tops the olive oil and use your hands to rub on the bottoms. Then place them back on the sheet gill side up and sprinkle with garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt and several grinds of black pepper. Rub them until evenly coated.
  3. For the grilled method: Place the mushrooms directly on the grates gill side up, and grill 10 to 14 minutes until tender and juicy. Liquid will pool in the cap. Flip the mushrooms (this drains the liquid into the grates). Then top with the add cheese slices and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until melted. Tip: Step up your burger and grill the burger buns for about 1 minute on one side until lightly toasted!
  4. For the roasted method: Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes until tender. Drain of any excess liquid, then top with cheese and roast another 1 minute until the cheese melts.
  5. Serve: Place the mushrooms on buns. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, basil pesto (optional), and Special Burger Sauce.

Notes

*If you want to infuse a little smoky flavor to the roasted version, add a few shakes of liquid smoke to each mushroom (it’s potent, so don’t overdo it).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled or Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

More great veggie burgers

There are lots of other great ways to make a veggie burger! Try them all:

  • Best Veggie Burger This mouthwatering veggie burger is slathered with barbecue sauce and doesn’t fall apart on the grill! It’s truly the best you’ll find.
  • Best Chickpea Burgers A hugely satisfying plant-based dinner! Here they’re painted with BBQ and served topped with vegan bacon and spicy mayo.
  • Black Bean Burger Bursting with flavor! Gluten free and topped with spicy mayo & sprouts.
  • Falafel Burger Easy to make and healthier than traditional falafel! Serve with or without a bun, topped with any sauce you like.

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The 15 Meatiest Vegan Meats—From Impossible to Beyond

The New Veganism is a Food52 column by our favorite expert-on-all-things-produce: Gena Hamshaw. A writer, cookbook author, vegan recipe developer, and registered dietitian, Gena will be reporting on what’s up-and-coming in the plant-based world, sharin…

The New Veganism is a Food52 column by our favorite expert-on-all-things-produce: Gena Hamshaw. A writer, cookbook author, vegan recipe developer, and registered dietitian, Gena will be reporting on what's up-and-coming in the plant-based world, sharing with us all the new and wonderful ways we can work with vegetables.


Whenever I tell people I'm vegan, the first question I'm always asked is: “What is your stance on vegan meats that taste like, well, meat?”

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These Newfangled Cheeseburgers Are Much-Needed Comfort Food

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don’t count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butte…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don't count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Today, we’re reimagining cheeseburgers.


Where I’m from in New Jersey, a cheeseburger means one thing and one thing only—cheese melted on top of a burger—and such seems to be the consensus everywhere else. As Merriam-Webster defines it, a cheeseburger is “a hamburger topped with a slice of cheese.” My dad likes to call his a “cheddar-burger,” so there’s no room for confusion, while others call it a “quarter-pounder with cheese” or a “Royale with cheese,”. But in any case, the technique is the same.

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5 ‘Old School’ Veggie Burgers for Labor Day Weekend

Alright, I’m absolutely giddy that vegan ‘meat’ has gone viral. I’m super excited that you can find vegan Whoppers and plant-based taco filling and even vegan KFC! I feel like vegan has taken some huge leaps and bounds into mainstream lately, and a big part of that is courtesy of fake meat products like the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Hooray! If you love ’em, I’m happy for you.

But I’ll be totally honest, they just are not my thing. Maybe it’s because I’ve just never been a beef fan, and maybe they just taste too real for me. But when it comes to burgers, I definitely prefer something vintage. Give me mashed beans, rice, mushrooms, all those things in a slightly mushy, hand-packed patty. And with that, here are my 5 ‘Old School’…

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Alright, I'm absolutely giddy that vegan 'meat' has gone viral. I'm super excited that you can find vegan Whoppers and plant-based taco filling and even vegan KFC! I feel like vegan has taken some huge leaps and bounds into mainstream lately, and a big part of that is courtesy of fake meat products like the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Hooray! If you love 'em, I'm happy for you. But I'll be totally honest, they just are not my thing. Maybe it's because I've just never been a beef fan, and maybe they just taste too real for me. But when it comes to burgers, I definitely prefer something vintage. Give me mashed beans, rice, mushrooms, all those things in a slightly mushy, hand-packed patty. And with that, here are my 5 'Old School'...

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