The Ultimate Plant-Based Burger Recipe - Root Kitchen UK

The Ultimate Plant-Based Burger Recipe

David Beaver

Whilst we are mainly known for our delicious frozen vegan meals the weather is getting warmer and BBQ season is now in full swing so we thought we'd give you a recipe for a mouthwatering plant-based burger that rivals its meaty counterpart!

In this ultimate plant-based burger recipe, we'll guide you through creating a burger that is not only delicious and satisfying but also packed with wholesome ingredients. Whether you're a seasoned vegan, a curious flexitarian, or simply looking to reduce your meat consumption, this recipe is sure to impress. Get ready to enjoy a delicious juicy burger that celebrates the beauty of plant-based cuisine.

The Perfect Patty

The Base: To create a hearty and flavourful patty, start with a combination of protein-rich ingredients such as cooked beans (black beans, chickpeas, or lentils), mushrooms, and grains (quinoa, brown rice, or oats). These ingredients provide texture and help bind the patty together.

Flavourful Enhancements: Add depth of flavour with ingredients like sautéed onions, garlic, and spices such as smoked paprika, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce (choose a vegan version). Experiment with additional herbs and seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

Binding Agents: To ensure the patty holds its shape, incorporate binding agents like ground flaxseeds or chia seeds mixed with water, breadcrumbs, or oat flour. These ingredients help maintain the perfect consistency while adding nutritional value.
Building Blocks of Deliciousness

Buns and Bread: Opt for whole-grain or artisanal buns that complement the flavours of the patty. Lightly toast them to enhance their texture and prevent sogginess. Alternatively, lettuce wraps or portobello mushroom caps can be used for a gluten-free or low-carb option.

Tantalising Toppings: Let your creativity shine when it comes to toppings. Classic options include sliced tomatoes, crisp lettuce, red onions, and pickles. For an extra kick, add avocado, sautéed mushrooms, caramelised onions, or spicy jalapenos. Experiment with various vegan sauces such as barbecue, chipotle mayo, or tangy mustard for an explosion of flavours.

Cheese, Please: Elevate your burger with a melty, vegan cheese slice. Options like dairy-free cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack are readily available. Place the cheese on the patty during the final moments of cooking, allowing it to melt and ooze over the sides.


For the Patty:

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup diced onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (vegan)
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup breadcrumbs or oat flour
Salt and pepper to taste

For Assembly:

Burger buns or lettuce wraps
Sliced tomatoes
Lettuce leaves
Red onions, thinly sliced
Vegan cheese slices
Condiments of choice (vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, etc.)


In a large mixing bowl, mash the black beans using a fork or potato masher until a chunky paste forms.

Add the chopped mushrooms, cooked quinoa, onions, garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, ground flaxseed mixture, breadcrumbs or oat flour, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Form the mixture into patties of your desired size and thickness. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes to help the patties firm up.

Preheat a grill or stovetop pan over medium heat. Lightly oil the surface to prevent sticking.

Cook the patties for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they develop a crispy, golden-brown crust.

If desired, place a vegan cheese slice on top of each patty during the last minute of cooking, allowing it to melt slightly.

Toast the burger buns or prepare the lettuce wraps.

Assemble your burgers by placing a patty on the bottom bun or lettuce wrap. Top with sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves, red onions, pickles, and your preferred condiments.

Serve your plant-based burgers with a side of crispy fries, a fresh salad, or any other accompanying sides of your choice.

Enjoy your homemade ultimate plant-based burgers!

Note: Feel free to customise the recipe by incorporating additional spices, herbs, or even textured vegetable protein (TVP) for added texture and flavour. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences.

Remember, cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the patties and the cooking method used. Keep an eye on the patties to ensure they are cooked through but still moist and flavourful.

Now, you're all set to savour the ultimate plant-based burger experience with this delicious and satisfying recipe!

Don't Forget Your Sensational Sides!

Crispy Fries: What's a burger without a side of perfectly seasoned fries? Slice potatoes or sweet potatoes into your desired shape, toss them in a little oil, sprinkle with salt and spices, and bake until golden and crispy. For added indulgence, serve with vegan mayo or ketchup.

Fresh Salads: Accompany your burger with a vibrant salad bursting with fresh, crisp vegetables. Consider a colourful mix of greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shredded carrots, and radishes. Drizzle with a tangy vinaigrette or a creamy dressing of your choice.

Pickles and Coleslaw: Elevate your burger experience with tangy pickles or crunchy coleslaw. Pickles add a zesty, briny note, while coleslaw brings a refreshing crunch and creaminess. Experiment with different flavour variations to find your perfect match.

With this ultimate plant-based burger recipe, you can delight in a wholesome and delicious burger that satisfies your cravings and supports your dietary choices. Enjoy the process.....

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