National (veggie) Burger Day – Meatless burgers made easy

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’Tis the season of faux-lidays! That awkward stretch after Valentine’s Day and before Halloween calls for celebration of National (insert favorite food, object, or literally anything else) Day. May 28 just so happens to be National Hamburger Day, but with the increasing popularity of vegetarian and vegan eating habits, we wanted to take an American favorite and make it veggie friendly!

Here’s what you need

  • 1 ½ cups cooked beans of your choice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups diced vegetables (we use mushrooms, yellow squash and chopped spinach) 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying 
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup 
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, cumin or chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • Hamburger buns

Here’s what you need to do

  1. Heat up a pan and sauté your onions, garlic and vegetables in olive oil. 
  2. Add sautéed veggies, beans, Worcestershire, spices and salt to a food processor (or blender).
  3. Pulse until combined but still a bit chunky. 
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in breadcrumbs and cooked quinoa until fully combined. 
  5. Form into patties and fry for 3 minutes on each side in a bit of olive oil.
  6. Place on bun and add your favorite condiments! 

Optional condiments: 

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo (or veganaise) 
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Avocados    

* Yields approximately 8 medium-sized patties. 


Not in the mood to make your own patty? Here are a few of our favorite spots in East Lansing that serve delicious veggie burgers: Hopcat, Soup Spoon Café, Bagger Dave’s, Peanut Barrel and Crunchy’s. 


P.S. Don’t forget your side of fries!