Veggie Burgers that You’ll Love to Eat

By Ted KallmyerUpdated February 1, 2024

Veggie burgers were one of the first recipes I developed after deciding to cut back on meat consumption about a year and a half ago.

I’m not a fan of store-bought veggie patties for the following reasons:

  • They try to mimic meat.
  • They are usually soy-based or wheat gluten-based and highly processed
  • They are EXPENSIVE!

I developed this recipe by adapting a veggie burger recipe my friend gave me and tweaking it for better flavor and higher nutrition.

After you make and try these veggie burgers, you’ll never want to purchase those store-bought varieties again. Plus! These veggie burgers are inexpensive and packed with solid nutrition.


Veggie Burgers You’ll Love to Eat

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After you make and try these veggie burgers, you’ll never want to purchase those store bought varieties ever again.
Servings 10 patties
Calories 196


  • 2 cups (uncooked) green lentils
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 large red beet
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 Not Beef veggie bouillon cubes or other veggie bouillon
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 cups wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs


  • Cook the lentils in 5 cups water until soft. (usually about 40 min.) Most of the water should be absorbed, but a little left is fine. Dissolve the Not Beef bouillon cubes in at the end.
  • Using a knife or a food processor finely chop the spinach, carrot, garlic, onion and beet (I process each separately).
    Tip 1: I use my Ninja for the spinach, onion, and carrot. I love this appliance and it is so versatile. It also makes great smoothies and soups.
    Tip 2: I use a Benriner Turner Slicer for the beet. This device turns the beet into strings which help hold the patties together. I also use it for simple veggie pasta and for putting raw beet into my salads.
  • Combine the lentils, beet, carrot, onion, garlic, spinach, salt and pepper. Stir until all of the veggies appear uniform throughout. Stir in eggs.
  • Add wheat germ until mixture has a very thick batter consistency. I usually start with 1 cup and add more if needed.
    Tip: These can be easily made gluten free by using gluten-free bread crumbs instead of the wheat germ.
  • Using a 1/2 cup size measuring cup, place the batter in a medium-hot skillet with a little coconut oil or healthy oil of your choice.
    Tip: I use ceramic coated skillets. They are extremely non-stick and not potentially harmful like traditional non-stick skillets.
  • Cook the patties until edges start to get firm and then gently flip them. Continue cooking until the veggie patties are firm, but not too dry.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 5g

Note that nutritional information is for the pattie alone (without bun).

Freeze Some for Later

Since this recipe makes about 10 veggie patties, I usually serve them for dinner and freeze the rest for later. They make great, quick lunches or dinners. I individually wrap them, so they can be thawed quickly.

These veggie burgers are a perfect way to eat more vegetables, boost your diet’s nutrition, and cut back on the calories that would be found in a traditional beef burger and cutting back on meat or becoming a vegetarian is sure a lot easier when you have great recipes like this one in your arsenal.

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