Umami Veggie Burgers


These hearty veggie burgers have a touch of grated red beet as a nod to beef. Pile on your favorite toppings or skip the bun and serve with a big salad.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 burgers


  • cup walnuts

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas

  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa

  • 3 tablespoons Umami Paste (see Associated Recipes)

  • 3 tablespoons potato starch

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated red beet

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 4 soft whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Pulse walnuts in a food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons chickpea liquid (aquafaba) from the can to a food processor. Rinse the chickpeas and add 1 cup to the food processor (reserve the rest for another use); pulse to a coarse mashed texture. Scrape into the bowl with the nuts and add quinoa, umami paste, potato starch, beet, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well.

  2. Shape the mixture into 4 patties, using about 3/4 cup for each. Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; when it is shimmering, add the patties. Cook, flipping once or twice, until very browned and crisp, 5 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a rack and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the burgers on buns.

To make ahead

Refrigerate the patty mixture (Step 1) for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before continuing.

Associated Recipe

Umami Paste

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
24g Fat
61g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Vitamin A 71IU 1%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 67mcg 17%
Sodium 787mg 34%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 134mg 32%
Potassium 523mg 11%

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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