Vegetarian Essentials: Super Awesome Burgers

Andy Anderson !


As a caterer you meet all kinds of people with all kinds of tastes. One of those that can be difficult in a mixed situation are vegetarians. I have worked on meatless recipes for years. Some are hits and some are misses. This one is a total hit. So-much-so, that I keep a bunch frozen in the walk-in, and take one out now-and-then, and fix it for myself.

I am challenged to say that you will not miss the meat… but pretty dang close.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
15 Min
No-Cook or Other




  • 3 c
    cooked white or brown rice, i prefer white
  • 15 oz
    baked beans, 1 can
  • 4 c
    sunflower seeds, raw
  • 1 c
    chopped parsley
  • 1 medium
    fresh carrot, grated
  • 2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1 tsp
    dehydrated onions, ground to a powder, or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    sweet paprika

  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetarian mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp
    yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp
    creamy brown mustard, like grey poupon
  • 1 tsp
    hot sauce, i prefer frank’s

How to Make Vegetarian Essentials: Super Awesome Burgers


  2. You will need a blender, or food processor fitted with an S-Blade to make this recipe.
  3. The beans are an important element in the flavor of these burgers. I make my own (I will share the recipe in a bit); however, when it comes to canned beans, some of my absolute favorite ones are Bush’s Baked Beans. Those folks know how to make ‘em tasty.
    If you want to make your own, check out my best…

    Cooking Under Pressure: Brilliant Baked Beans
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Cook the rice according to package directions, and then allow to cool.
  6. Add the beans to a large bowl, and crush with a fork. Do not turn them into mush… leave some bits.
  7. Place the sunflower seeds into a blender/food processor, and blend until fine, but do not blend to the point that it becomes a paste. Trust me, it does not take long for that to happen.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients, but not the rice, and use one-second pulses until everything is nicely combined.
  9. Add the blended ingredients, along with the rice into the large bowl with the beans, and mix with wet hands until combined, then shape into burger patties.
  10. If you are making sliders, you will probably get about 20; if you are doing full-size patties, you will probably get about 8.
  11. You can stick these into a 370f (188c) oven until they begin to brown, about 12 – 14 minutes, or you could fry them up in a pan with a bit of oil.
  13. Mix the dressing together, if using, and spread it over the burger before serving. Enjoy.
  14. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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