Flavor-Filled Veggie Burger

Quick look

  • prep 40 min    cook 10 min
  • serves 4


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

To Serve

  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup or relish
  • 4 sesame-seed burger buns
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise (optional)
  • 4 iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced

    How to make it 

  • 1

    Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is soft and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently. Add the carrots and zucchini, and sauté until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.

  • 2

    Stir in the ground cumin and coriander, peanut butter, and fresh cilantro; mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  • 3

    Mix in the bread crumbs and egg until thoroughly combined. The mixture should bind together well. Shape the mixture into 4 thick burgers about 4 inches in diameter.

  • 4

    Wipe the skillet with a paper towel and then heat the oil over medium heat. Add the burgers and cook until firm and golden, about 5 minutes on each side.

  • 5

    Stir the tomatoes and ketchup together. Split the hamburger buns horizontally and toast the cut sides. Spread 1 teaspoon mayonnaise (if using) on each bun, then add some lettuce and a burger to each. Spread with the tomato mixture and top with the shallot slices. Replace the tops of the buns and serve. Serves 4.

More Ideas:
These burgers freeze well once cooked. Allow them to cool, then wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. To serve, unwrap and reheat in a 400°F oven for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 328
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Sodium: 499mg
  • Carbs: 44g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Fiber: 6g

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