Vegan Beet Burgers with Sweet Chili Slaw


If you've been curious about those store-bought veggie burgers that "bleed," you should try this homemade veggie burger recipe made with kidney beans, walnuts and beets. A little chili powder in the mixture gives them a hint of spiciness, which works nicely with the sweet chili slaw.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
4 burgers


  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed

  • cup walnuts

  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup shredded red beet

  • ¾ cup precooked brown rice, such as Uncle Ben's

  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce, such as Mae Ploy

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 ½ cups coleslaw mix

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Place kidney beans, walnuts, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, pepper, chili powder and salt in a food processor. Pulse, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until a coarse mixture forms that holds together when pressed. Transfer to a bowl and add beet and rice; stir well to combine. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk chili sauce, vinegar and the remaining 1 teaspoon soy sauce in a medium bowl. Add coleslaw mix; toss to coat. Set aside.

  3. Shape the beet mixture into 4 patties.

  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes more.

  5. Serve the burgers on buns with the sweet chili slaw.


To make ahead: The burger patties can be made in advance. Prepare patties through Step 3; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
12g Fat
54g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 181IU 4%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 93mcg 23%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 91mg 22%
Potassium 410mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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