Vegetarian Burgers

When I was a kid, Friday night was cheeseburger night. But I didn’t eat hamburger even then, so Friday night was American cheese-melted-on a-hamburger-bun night for me. Luckily, my tastes have improved. In my old age I have found an appreciation for burgers – the vegetarian kind.

Yes, I can buy commercially made burgers at the grocery store, but like anything else, homemade has better flavor and no preservatives and other chemicals – plus homemade is soy-free, soy being an allergy issue for lots of folks. This recipe is an adaptation of the Vegetarian Burger recipe in I Want My Dinner Now! – Simple Meals for Busy Cooks. It was so good that the resident meat eater proclaimed it better than the beefy kind – high praise indeed!




  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup black bean flakes (can use 1/4 cup mashed black beans instead)
  • 1/4 cup shredded or dehydrated carrots
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 – 1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs

In a large bowl, combine the bulgur, oatmeal, bean flakes, carrots, and onion. Pour the boiling water over the mixture, cover the bowl and let sit at least 5 minutes (and up to 1/2 hour). Drain any excess water from the bowl and add the remaining ingredients, adding enough bread crumbs so that the mixture holds together. Shape into burgers about 3/4 inch thick.

At this point you can either cook the burgers on an electric grill or on an outside grill. It was late and I was in a hurry so I cooked them in a skillet.





Be sure to add a little oil to the skillet as the burgers stick to the pan! Cook on each side until cooked through (about 7-10 minutes over medium heat). I topped this batch with a slice of pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and dill pickles and served with mustard on thin, whole-grain buns.

The recipe made 6 filling burgers.

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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