Vegetarian Burger


This healthy burger can be served to your vegan and vegetarian guests.


  • 1 medium (8-ounce) sweet potato

  • 1 cup millet

  • 3 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1 celery stalk, peeled to remove strings and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas, (about 1 pound unshelled) or frozen

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour

  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds, toasted

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup chopped chives

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 ounces buckwheat, radish, or alfalfa sprouts

  • Tahini Sauce for Vegetarian Burgers, for serving

  • Homemade Hamburger Buns

  • Olive oil, to brush buns


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub sweet potato, and prick with a fork. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven, and peel when cool enough to handle. Transfer to a large bowl, mash, and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, rinse millet. Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil; add millet and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add to mashed sweet potato; mix to combine.

  3. Place carrot and celery in a food processor; pulse to chop finely. Transfer from processor to a small bowl. Pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped, and add to carrot and celery. Heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic, onions, celery, and carrots; cook until onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Add to millet mixture; stir to combine.

  4. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and peas; cook until tender but still firm, about 3 minutes. Drain; transfer peas to a bowl of ice water for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain again, and combine with chickpeas in a food processor; pulse to chop medium-fine. Add to millet mixture.

  5. Add coriander, cumin, fennel, cayenne, flour, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, chives, parsley, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper. Mix well, and form into 8 patties.

  6. Heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four patties, and cook until golden brown and heated through, 7 to 8 minutes per side. Keep warm in a low oven; repeat with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and patties.

  7. Serve immediately with sprouts and tahini sauce on buns brushed with olive oil and toasted. Serve Grilled Pineapple and Avocado Salsa on the side.

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