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These veggie burgers are hearty, savory, and rich in meaty flavor, thanks to cremini mushrooms, rice, black beans, and walnuts. Your family may think you made them with real meat! The texture is a little softer than a beef patty, but a wonderful contrast to the beautiful, pan-fried crust that really stands up to the bun and toppings.


Credit: Allrecipes

Recipe Summary

25 mins
20 mins
35 mins
1 hr 20 mins
8 burgers


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  • Place mushrooms and onion on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and toss to coat. 

  • Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and add black beans to the pan. Cook until mushrooms and onions are browned and beans are dried on the surface, about 5 more minutes. 

  • Remove from the oven and let mixture cool for 10 minutes. 

  • Transfer mixture to a food processor. Add rice and walnuts and pulse until roughly chopped. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and pulse until just combined. Add egg and pulse until just combined.

  • Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and fold in bread crumbs until well mixed. Chill for 10 minutes.

  • Form mixture into 8 patties and season each with salt and pepper. 

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add 4 patties and cook, undisturbed, until browned and a nice crust has formed, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until done, 4 to 5 more minutes. Top with Muenster cheese and place on toasted buns.

  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and repeat to cook remaining patties.

Cook's Notes:

Try wetting your hands a bit before forming each patty so the mixture doesn't stick to your hands.

Try portobello mushrooms (or any type) in place of creminis, and white Cheddar instead of Muenster.

Alternatively, the patties can be seared for 2 minutes on each side and baked in a 375 degree F (190 degree C) oven for 10 minutes.

Make-Ahead Tip: Follow recipe through Step 7. Layer shaped patties between pieces of parchment or waxed paper and freeze inside a zip-top freezer bag. When ready to cook, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear burgers for 2 minutes per side, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F (190 degree C) oven until heated throughout, about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Nutrition Facts

400 calories; fat 14.2g; cholesterol 23.3mg; sodium 834.8mg; carbohydrates 54.1g; protein 14.3g. Full Nutrition