Colorful, spicy and fragrant, these delicious burgers are right in style with the contemporary fondness for Southwestern foods, especially when served with Fresh Tomato Salsa. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2002

Ken Haedrich
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, corn, garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, prepare Tomato Salsa, if using.

  • Add pumpkin, cheese, wheat germ, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper to the onion mixture; mix well. With dampened hands, form the vegetable mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Stack tortillas and wrap in aluminum foil. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes to heat through. (Alternatively, stack tortillas between two damp paper towels; microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds, or until heated through.)

  • Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 2 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary for even browning. Wrap the patties in tortillas and serve immediately, garnished with lettuce and Fresh Tomato Salsa, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Wrap patties individually and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Nutrition Facts

269 calories; total fat 10.1g 16% DV; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 8mg 3% DV; sodium 620mg 25% DV; potassium 504mg 14% DV; carbohydrates 41.4g 13% DV; fiber 6.6g 26% DV; sugar 6g; protein 11.1g 22% DV; exchange other carbs 3; vitamin a iu 5799IU; vitamin c 31mg; folate 98mcg; calcium 132mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 85mg; thiaminmg.

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2019
So I'll probably get yelled at for this review because I changed it up quite a bit. I didnt have bread crumbs so I just used a pound of hamburger instead. Cut most ingredients in half, excluded the corn and wheat germ, did not saute anything just added it all raw (although I may next time), combined and made the most delicious hamburgers I've had in a long time. Had 2 patties leftover and ate one the next day. Even with putting it in the microwave to heat up it was still juicy. Dont hate me because I'm a carnivore. Lol. Enjoy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2018
I didnt make yet but am wondering how about baking? I prefer an oil free diet. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2017
I couldn't wait to make these based on all the reviews. I made it pretty much as written but I did double the recipe used cilantro instead of parsley and added a can of drained and rinsed black beans. The burgers are flavorful easy to form into patties and don't fall apart. I ate mine on a whole wheat bun with ketchup and lettuce. I used a mini food processor to chop the onion and red pepper which expelled a little juice so I didn't need the olive oil to cook it in. Next time I will omit the cheese with the option of adding a slice to the sandwich. Finally I think I'm going to think of a substitute for the bread crumbs. I put the extras in the freezer. It was worth the effort tasty and healthy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2016
I added an egg (I'm not vegan) to the pumpkin mixture; omitted the garlic and used onion instead; and used McCormick's Southwest salt-free seasoning instead of the spices listed in the recipe (similar anyway). I love this and will absolutely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2012
These burgers were great. I'm trying out a vegetarian diet for a week and with food like this to eat I might be hooked!! So many great flavors and textures. I was skeptical about the salsa on top but I thought it was great! Can't wait to make them again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2012
Amazingly Delicious Veggie Burgers These burgers are absolutely amazing! They are packed with vegetables and are different from normal veggie burgers. I loved the unexpected flavour with the pumpkin puree and the small amount of cheese made them crispy on the outside and just the right amount of soft and tender on the inside. Absolutely loved them and will make them again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2011
My meating eating family loved these meatless burgers!!!! Absolutely delicious! I was being adventurous by trying this recipe with my husband and two boys. They loved it! I will definitely make it again and again and again! I formed small patties for my young boys and skipped the salsa on theirs. My husband and I drenched our burgers in the salsa! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2011
AMAZING!!!! This burger is amazing!!!!! I love the flavor of this recipe! I will use it over and over again. The fact that I can make a big batch and freeze it just seals the deal! Pros: TASTY!! Cons: A little on the squishy side Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
We loved this recipe. The texture was great and the crispiness on the outside of the burger was wonderful. Some other comments had problems with the texture but mine turned out great! ad Louisville KY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made these as directed with just a little more bread crumbs. I also warmed my tortillas in a skillet until lightly browned and added a touch of sour cream before folding. Fantastic! They also had a great crispy texture as I fried them in peanut oil. Amy Columbus OH Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
After reading other comments I increased the flour omitted the cheese and substituted ground nuts for the wheat germ and cooked mashed pumpkin for the canned. The result was delicious although it was still too sticky. With less pumpkin and a little more grain it would make a great latke alternative! Cameron Arlington MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I thought this would be an interesting fall recipe to try as my school-age daughter and I love pumpkin. Sadly the result wasn't what we expected. Try as I might the patties couldn't form a good crust on the surface so it was a chore trying to flip the patties without breaking them in half. If I make these again I'll try adding more breadcrumbs since the mixture was rather runny and the patties had a hard time staying together. Although my daughter liked the flavors of this recipe she did not like the texture at all. I can't say as I blame her -- I wasn't too crazy about it myself. Rather mushy despite the indoor grilling. Not bad but an acquired taste Fort Lauderdale FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These are amazing. We made them exactly as the recipe called for and added some chipotle salsa. Yummy! Julie Steamboat Springs CO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very tasty! Instead of the canned pumpkin I roasted and pureed an acorn squash. I also substituted shredded red cabbage for the lettuce. I topped with chipotle salsa and fat-free sour cream. A crisp green salad with avocado would round out the meal nicely. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these with leeks (no onions on hand) & no cheese. Other than that I stuck to the receipe & my husband & I were very happy with how they turned out. Super Yummy & filling. They formed nicely & I had no issues with turning them in the pan. This one's getting made again for sure:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love love love love LOVE these. These are delicious. Perfect in the fall. They are easy to make and if you get some fresh pico de gallo from the store it'll really make it that much better. Try it with some sour cream too. Good stuff. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is the best recipe yet for veggie burgers!!! The combination of ingredients is perfect. The only change I made was cooking the onions in chili oil and omitting the chili powder. Didn't have tortillas available so used a hamburger bun spread with salsa and added lots of lettuce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I doubled the recipe with no problem and froze the extras. These were awesome and my six year old calls them YUMMY! Instead of using a skillet with oil I used my griddle with some non-stick spray. Turned out great. Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We loved these! Next time I will form the patties into an oval rather than in a circle so that they fit in the (whole grain) tortillas better but that's the only change I will make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These burgers are freaking awesome. Who would of thought? The name totally freaked me out "pumpkin" is not really my cup of tea...but they were crispy and spicy and wonderful. Try them! Read More