Houston’s Veggie Burger Recipe

Houston’s Veggie Burger Recipe

How To Make Houston’s Veggie Burger

Made with oats, brown rice, beans, and beets seasoned with a special blend of spices, this veggie burger recipe can please even meat lovers.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 15ozblack beans,drained and rinsed
  • 1tspolive oil
  • ¼cuponion,chopped
  • 1clovegarlic,minced
  • 1tspsmoked paprika
  • 1tspcumin
  • ½tspchili powder,check labels for gluten-free
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper,to taste
  • ¼cupBBQ sauce
  • 1tbspmolasses
  • ¼cupold-fashioned oats,check labels for gluten-free
  • cupsbrown rice,cooked
  • 2tbspcanned beets,finely chopped
  • 1tbspbeet juice
  • 1egg,large, lightly beaten
  • 4whole wheat 100 calorie hamburger buns,or Gluten-free bun


  1. Add the beans to a large mixing bowl. Gently pat beans dry with a paper towel.

  2. Using the backside of a fork or potato masher, mash beans until smooth and pasty.

  3. Heat a small skillet over medium heat.

  4. When hot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes then transfer to the bowl with the beans.

  5. In a small bowl, add the paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined then add to the large bowl.

  6. Using the same small bowl, mix the BBQ sauce and molasses until thoroughly combined.

  7. Add 3 tablespoons of the mixture to the large bowl and set aside the rest for basting during cooking

  8. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process oats until fine.

  9. Add the oats to the large bowl with the beans, veggies, and sauce.

  10. Add the rice, beets, beet juice, and egg and mix everything until combined.

  11. Using your hands, form the mixture into 4 patties, about 5½ ounces each. Place patties on a freezer-safe plate and freeze for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can put them in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.

  12. Heat a large flat skillet over medium heat. Spray with oil and, using a spatula, transfer patties to the skillet.

  13. Cook the patties for 5 minutes, carefully flip with the spatula, baste with the remaining sauce, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add cheese during the last 2 minutes, if using.

  14. With the spatula, place each patty on a bun and top with your desired toppings.

Recipe Notes


Optional topping ideas include sliced pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, BBQ sauce, and/or ketchup.



  • Calories: 799.02kcal
  • Fat: 7.58g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.68g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.52g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.45g
  • Carbohydrates: 150.46g
  • Fiber: 20.93g
  • Sugar: 16.09g
  • Protein: 34.30g
  • Cholesterol: 39.99mg
  • Sodium: 629.08mg
  • Calcium: 264.51mg
  • Potassium: 2017.01mg
  • Iron: 9.35mg
  • Vitamin A: 39.01µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.99mg
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