3 best darn vegan burgers on white marble counter with and holding one close to camera


Have you ever tasted a veggie burger so good that you actually crave having one again?  When they first came on the scene years ago, they were barely tolerable; crumbly, dry, and bland.  Thankfully lots has changed since then and we are here to tell you’ve found the absolute BEST vegan veggie burger recipe ever!  Jeanine of the beloved food blog Love and Lemons, has graciously shared her epic recipe with us below.  We were thrilled to chat with her on our podcast (you can listen here).  She tells about her path to becoming a food blogger after her career in graphic design and how her husband Jack is now her full time partner in Love & Lemons.  We also chat about the process of writing her new cookbook Love & Lemons Every Day which is coming out on April 2nd and is available for pre-order now.  Listen in, you’ll love hearing Jeanine’s story.



Ok, the hunt for the perfect veggie burger is over.  These nutrient-dense little gems are packed with texture and flavor.  On top of that, thanks to the sticky brown rice, they are grill-able!  Jeanine uses a blend of mushrooms, brown rice, ground flaxseed and walnuts for these burgers plus a ton of umami-rich seasonings.  Shiitake and portobello mushrooms work best for flavor and texture.  Since these burgers don’t need eggs as a binder, they’re vegan as well.  Give them a try and enjoy!


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For all the details and Jeanine’s recipe for brown rice, head over to her site Love and Lemons.  While there, you’ll definitely want to hang out and look around.  You’ll love the beautiful photography and kitchen inspiration.

If you’re in the market for more game day or BBQ recipes, you may enjoy one of these:

Paleo Potato Salad by Olive You Whole

Cauliflower Cheese Quesadilla by Dash of Ting

Grain-Free Zucchini Fries by The Whole Smiths

Asian Sesame Steak Kabobs by Whole Kitchen Sink


Best Darn Vegan Veggie Burger
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Yield: 6 burgers

Best Darn Vegan Veggie Burger


  1. 2 Tbls extra-virgin olive oil, (more for drizzling)
  2. 2 shallots, (chopped ~⅔ cup)
  3. 16 ozs mushrooms (mix of shiitake + portobello), de-stemmed and diced
  4. 2 Tbls tamari sauce
  5. ¼ Cup balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 Tbls mirin (or ½ tsp pure maple syrup)
  7. 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  8. ½ tsp smoked paprika
  9. 2 tsp sriracha (more if desired)
  10. ½ Cup walnuts (crushed)
  11. ¼ Cup flaxseed (ground)
  12. 2 Cups cooked short-grain brown rice (freshly cooked so that it’s sticky)
  13. 1 Cup panko bread crumbs
  14. vegan worcestershire sauce
  15. nonstick cooking spray
  16. Burger toppings (buns or lettuce wraps, vegan mayo or avocado mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles...)
  17. salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the shallot and sauté until soft, 1 minute.
  • Add the mushrooms, a generous pinch of salt, and sauté until soft and browned, 6 to 9 minutes, turning down the heat slightly, as needed.
  • Stir in the tamari, vinegar, and mirin.
  • Stir, reduce the heat, then add the garlic, and smoked paprika, and sriracha.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • In a food processor, combine the sautéed mushrooms, walnuts, flaxseed, brown rice, and ½ cup of the panko. Pulse until well combined.
  • Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining panko.
  • Form into 8 slider-sized patties or 6 burger-sized patties.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  • Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray and drizzle or brush the patties with olive oil.
  • Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until char marks form.
  • Remove from the grill, brush with Worcestershire sauce, and serve with desired fixings.
  • The patties can made in advance and stored in the fridge, on a tray, until ready to grill. They can also be grilled in advance and stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days - they reheat surprisingly well.
  • *It’s very very important that your brown rice is freshly made and sticky so that the burgers will be cohesive.



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