Veggie burger – Copyright Coquere

This is perhaps the veggie burger you can find?


Veggie burger

Veggie burger will never replace meat burgers. It is in my opinion; here enthusiastic vegetarians fail to try to convince, that it is so good that one does not know the difference between meat and a vegetarian dish. Vegetarian burgers, or vegetarian buns, are something completely different, just as meat and fish are different.

Spent a lot of time researching to find a good vegetarian burger, or more correctly a good minced vegetarian dough. The goal was to find a minced vegetarian dough that was juicy, gave a lot of flavour, while not having an overwhelming taste of one or a few types of vegetables. The goal was also to find a dough that kept the shape both before and after frying. In this recipe, all these goals have been achieved. Hence this is perhaps the best minced vegetarian dough you can find? Taste and pleasure are different – so it is up to you to decide for yourself. There are many ingredients and spices in this recipe, but here is probably one of the reasons why it is so successful.

The recipe gives approx. 1000 grams of minced vegetarian dough before frying. It does not shrink much during frying. You will get approx. 7-8 vegetarian burgers of 130-150 g. The minced vegetarian dough stays fine in a box in the fridge for several days.



2 dl walnuts
250 g mushrooms
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 dl black beans, from box or can
2 small boiled red beets (approx. 100 g)
1 dl spelled flour
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (vegan if desired)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce (vegan if desired)
½ teaspoon ground or crushed chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon five spice (if you can’t get it, you can use cumin and a little cinnamon)
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 pinch grounded nutmeg
2 teaspoons dried paprika
2 tablespoons water


Olive oil for frying


  1. Put the walnuts in a food processor.
  2. Roughly cut the mushrooms and add these in the food processor as well. Run everything until you get a texture similar to breadcrumbs, I.e., which is still a bit grainy.
  3. Put olive oil in a frying pan, and fry the walnuts and mushroom mixture for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce and five spice while frying. Put everything in a suitably large bowl. Hence the rest of the ingredients shall be added to same bowl.
  5. Now finely chop the onion and garlic.
  6. Put olive oil in a frying pan again, add a little salt and tomato paste. Fry at medium heat. Mix everything well and fry it until the onion is soft.
  7. Cut the beets into coarse pieces, they must be precooked in advance for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Rinse the beans in water, ad them, the onion and the beets in the food processor. Run until everything has a soft texture.
  9. Add this to the mushroom and walnut mixture. Mix everything well together. Add Worcestershire sauce, chili flakes, pepper, thyme and nutmeg.
  10. Then stir in dried paprika in 2 tablespoons of water.
  11. Add the paprika, mayonnaise, bread crumbs and flour. Mix well again.
  12. You can begin to shape into burgers or vegetarian buns.


Frying: A little olive oil on medium heat until thoroughly heated.


Served: You can serve as a hamburger with a little salad, pickles, ketchup and mustard. The alternatives are many, you can e.g., can make small buns, fry them, and serve them as small Swedish meatballs or the like.

Allergy: Lactose free. Gluten. They are easily made gluten-free by using gluten-free flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs. High FODMAP.

Health benefits of eating beans, like the black beans in this recipe: Beans

The health benefits of eating red beets: Beetroot

The health benefits of eating walnuts are many – read more: Walnuts


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