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Veggie Burgers

These easy meatless burgers are prepared with bulgur wheat, canned pinto beans, grated carrots, and Swiss cheese. Cook the patties in a skillet and serve on buns for a tasty and protein-packed vegetarian meal.

  • Servings: 4
Veggie Burgers

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2010


  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrots (from 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 buns
  • Sprouts, for serving
  • Avocado slices, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine bulgur and 1 cup boiling water. Cover tightly and let sit until bulgur is tender, 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to remove liquid, then return bulgur to bowl. In a food processor, pulse pinto beans until coarsely chopped. Add beans to bulgur, along with Swiss cheese, carrots, scallion, and egg. Season with salt and pepper; mix well.

  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add 1/2 cup bean mixture and press lightly with a spatula to flatten. Make 3 more patties, working in batches if necessary (add more oil for second batch), and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Serve burgers on buns with sprouts and avocado slices.

Reviews (2)

  • Eviebelle 1 Oct, 2013

    These were different and quite tasty. Got good reviews by my family. For some reason, though, they did not bind together, and I ended up with a skillet full of mush. After browning them on the stove, I had to re-form them into patties and bake them in the oven for a few minutes. Not sure what I did wrong?!?!

  • DesignGirl510 10 Jul, 2011

    I make these all the time for Sunday dinner and they're always a hit. I use quinoa because I can never find bulgar.

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