When we start eating more plant-based foods, veggie burgers are usually one of the first things we try. The countless premade options available today in the frozen foods aisle makes it easy for practically anyone to find the veggie burger of their dreams, but also nothing tastes quite as good as something you’ve made yourself. One of the best-known tricks to add bulk to your veggie burgers is to add bread crumbs, which also doubles as a binder to help keep everything together. If you avoid gluten, then there are gluten-free bread crumbs available in most grocery stores or you can make your own with dry gluten-free bread, but what if you’re grain-free?
Luckily, it’s not that hard! Even though bread crumbs are a popular binder in many veggie burger recipes, we can swap those out for flax meal or chia seeds. And while grains are a popular ingredient in many veggie burgers, we can make hearty burgers with beans, lentils, and quinoa (which is technically a seed in spite of being dubbed an “ancient grain”). When it comes to serving burgers, we can add them to salads or if you want something that travels well, wrap them up in grain-free tortillas like this 4-Ingredient Cumin Flatbread made from almond and tapioca flours, these Beet Tortillas made from grated beets and almond flour, or these Flourless Lentil Carrot Tortillas made from lentils, grated carrot, and almond meal. Luckily, most fries are gluten-free and grain-free, so you don’t need any special tips or tricks for that.
Ready for the recipes? We are, too, so get ready for these 15 veggie burgers that are amazing without grains!
1. Red Lentil Burgers Wraps With Pumpkin Fries
These Red Lentil Burger Wraps are made with hearty red lentils and fresh spinach, so they’re filling and packed with nutrition. Plus. they come with a side of curry-spiced pumpkin fries! Wrap these patties up in a grain-free tortilla or throw them on top of a salad and serve them with fresh veggies and plenty of sauce.
2. Zucchini Chickpea Burgers
Mashed chickpeas and grated zucchini come together to make these delicious Zucchini Chickpea Burgers. This recipe swaps out the usual grain-based flour for chickpea flour. They’re spicy, healthy, and hold up on the grill. What more could you ask for, besides seconds?
3. Vegetable Samosa Burgers
American fusion recipes are where classic American dishes meet flavors from around the world. This crisp and flavorful Vegetable Samosa Burgers is inspired by the classic Indian dumpling. It’s packed with veggies and savory spices and it’s so easy to make. Pair with chutney or ketchup on a toasty bun with a side of sweet potato fries.
4. Spicy Potato and Beans Burgers
Made from potatoes, chickpeas, and mung beans, these Spicy Potato and Beans Burgers are hearty and filling. These burgers come with a cream avocado cilantro lime sauce — the perfect cooling contrast to their spicy flavor and crispy texture. Serve these on any bun of your choice or let them cool and then crumble them on top of a bed of greens.
5. Mediterranean Olive and Chickpea Burgers
You are six ingredients and three simple steps away from a delicious lunch or dinner! These hearty Mediterranean Olive and Chickpea Burgers are made primarily with chickpeas and is paired with avocado-hummus sauce. Serve with plenty of extra hummus sauce.
6. Jicama Burgers With Cumin, Coriander, Dill, and Lemon
These tasty Jicama Burgers are inspired by crab cakes and contain just five ingredients (if you count the spice blend as one!). While they may not taste fishy like a crab cake, the combination of jicama and walnuts creates a texture that is fairly spot-on. Also, with a blend of savory herbs mixed in, they taste amazing. There is no cooking involved, but if you don’t have a dehydrator, keep them in your oven at the lowest temperature until they are firm on the outside — or try cooking them! Just remember to serve them with avocado.
7. Mushroom Lentil Herb Burgers and Crisp Slaw
Making a fresh and tangy slaw with cabbage, apple and carrot to top these Mushroom Lentil Herb Burgers is a smart idea. The burgers themselves are made from a delicious trio of meaty mushrooms, hearty lentils, and savory sun-dried tomatoes, plus a small handful of walnuts for texture. Cradling the burgers in crunchy cabbage leaves is absolutely genius.
8. Adzuki Bean and Walnut Mini Burgers
How many good things can we say about these Adzuki Bean and Walnut Mini Burgers? They’re made from adzuki and walnut and flavored with kombu seaweed, so they have a unique flavor with a meaty texture. They’re mini, so they’re perfect for serving at parties, but they can easily be made big for dinner with family and friends. Serve these on toasted buns with avocado, greens, tomato, and plenty of sauce of your choice.
9. Sweet Potato Bean Burgers
These Sweet Potato Bean Burgers are filling, flavorful, and a breeze to make! You simply bake some sweet potatoes until tender, add soft butter beans, mash, sauté, bake, and serve. You could add in other healthy ingredients like brown rice, cooked buckwheat, or hemp seeds, to up the nutrition. This particular burger is topped with avocado slices, plenty of greens, tomato, and pickles, but feel free to get creative!
10. Beet, Basil, and Black Bean Burgers
These incredible Beet, Basil, and Black Bean Burgers will without a doubt bring a breath of fresh air to your next dinner They are made with meaty black beans, earthy beets, and a bit of fresh basil. Stack ’em on buns with your favorite fixings for a meal that is definitely more energizing than your average beef patty.
11. Herbed Edamame Chickpea Burgers
Edamame, chickpeas, tart lemon juice, and fresh herbs are combined to form these Herbed Edamame Chickpea Burgers. They’re paired with a herby green dressing made from coriander, mint, creamy tahini, garlic, and a squeeze lemon juice. These burgers are even more delicious when served on toasted sourdough buns with plenty of green dressing, lettuce, hummus, avocado, and sauerkraut. Don’t forget the fries!
12. Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
These Black Bean Quinoa Burgers are warm, filling, satisfying, and most importantly, delicious! They come together super quickly since all you really need to do is mash the six ingredients and spices together into a patty and crisp them in the oven for 40 minutes. Adorn them as you wish when they come out, the flavor of this zesty burger goes with pretty much any condiment!
13. Almond, Carrot, and Chickpea Burgers
You don’t want to miss out on these Almond, Carrot, and Chickpea Burgers — seriously. Almonds and chickpeas provide a unique flavor and texture, kalamata olives add a Mediterranean vibe, plus it’s loaded with plenty of fresh herbs and dry spices. Fresh rosemary and thyme, smoky paprika, cumin, plus a smoky tahini sauce … yum! Top this awesome burger off with sauerkraut and smashed avocado.
14. Walnut Lentil Burgers With Cauliflower Purée and Red Onion Relish
You won’t need any other burgers in your life after you make this recipe. These Walnut Lentil Burgers With Cauliflower Purée are delicious and hearty — real comfort food style. But the goodness does not stop there. They’re topped with creamy cauliflower purée and tangy red onion relish. Paired with all the fixings between two toasted buns, this might just be the best burger you’ll ever have in your life.
15. Spicy Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burgers
These Spicy Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burgers are packed with flavor from carefully selected spices such as cumin, paprika, and turmeric. Adjust spiciness to taste and create an awesome dining experience by topping with your choice of salad, tomato, onion, and avocado. Need another reason to try? These burgers freeze really well, so be sure to make a double batch to enjoy later on.
We hope these yummy grain-free veggie burgers have inspired you to get cooking. For even more inspiration, visit our vegan grain-free recipes page.
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