Veggie Squash & Bean Burgers

What's this? Gingey posting a vegetarian recipe? Yes I's really happening..

I've decided I eat too much meat. I know some of you reading this will not think such a thing is possible but to see if I feel any better and any healthier, I've decided to try and incorporate at least two vegetarian meals into my diet each week. The chances of me eating quorn on a regular basis are thin so I'm turning to things like curry, pasta dishes and these - homemade bean burgers.

This recipe was totally made up as we went along and the instructions feature a couple of tweaks which will improve the consistency for you. I can't wait for the next BBQ so I can bust these out again.

Ingredients: makes 8 burgers
  • 1 small butternut squash 
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 400g tin kidney beans
  • 1 400g tin chick peas
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsbp harissa paste  
  • 1 fat garlic clove 
  • 1 red chilli
  • Olive oil - or, I used Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil. 
  • A thumb sized piece of ginger
  • Approx 40-50g breadcrumbs  
  • Salt & pepper to season 
  • Preheat your oven to around 180c / gas mark 4.
  • Cut the squash into small chunks & put into an oven dish with a drizzle of olive oil and the chilli powder, cumin and paprika. Season and roast in the oven for around 25 mins or until soft. Leave to one side to cool.
  • Fry your onion, ginger, garlic and chilli for around 5-7 mins on a medium heat - you don't need to be too precise with your chopping as it'll all be going into the blender. The onion needs to be soft. 
  • Add your squash and onion mixture to a blender along with the drained beans and breadcrumbs. Pulse until you have a course paste. You want some lumps and texture in there. Using the pulse setting lets you more easily manage your progress until you have the right consistency!
  • Pour mixture into a big bowl and with clean hands, mould into 8 burgers. 
  • Place onto a greased tray and flatten down with the back of a fish slice. Grill under a hot grill for around 15-20 mins, turning until they are crispy and brown on the outsides. 

We ate with a big green salad and roasted red peppers. On the side we had natural yoghurt spiked with paprika and my favourite - Sriracha chilli sauce. A perfect, healthy, summer evening meal. If you need carbs, try some boiled jersey royals. Yum! 

I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their interesting burger recipes and they came up with a rather tasty sounding list.. so, why not try one of these too.... 

Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers - from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All 

Salmon Burgers  - from Emily at Recipes & Reviews 

Thai Red Curry Falafel Burgers - from Jemma at Celery & Cupcakes 

Chocolate Bean Burger & Chilli Sauce - from Choclette at Tin & Thyme  


  1. These look delicious! I'm always looking for new veggie burgers to try so I'll definitely give this a go

    1. They were a revelation! I reckon they'd work on the BBQ too. And you can add more harissa if you want them spicier! :-) Thanks for your comment Kerry! x

  2. Love these burgers they look absolutely delicious and now I've discovered veggie burgers I really think meat ones are bland! Thanks for linking to my Black Turtle Bean Burgers:-)

    1. Thanks Camilla! Your burgers look great too!

  3. Delicious, I also try to in-cooperate a couple of veggie dishes into my meal. I feel so much better for it and i'm sure you will too :-) x

  4. What fabulous flavours! I love homemade veggie burgers, so easy and so good.

  5. I've made a promise to myself that I must eat more veggie meals, as I tent to eat meat with every evening meal at the moment. These look like a great recipe to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing.

  6. These sound great. I love veggie burgers and these have such great flavours!

  7. Thanks for all these lovely comments! The harissa makes these burgers in my mind - love it!

  8. These looks great-i have that mellow yellow oil and find it a great alternative to olive oil! Did you get it at the good food show?

  9. Fab looking burgers! These look like a great summer dinner with a big salad and some chips. Yum!

  10. My family really enjoys these veggie burgers. I didn't have any problem with the burgers coming apart. I didn't rinse the beans. Instead I left them in a strainer for 10 minutes to get rid of the excess bean juice without losing too much of the flavor. I also used my stick mixer to grind the black beans into a paste before I mixed everything else in. Thanks for posting this recipe!

    1. I love it when people try my recipes, thank you so much for commenting and I'm glad you enjoyed them!

  11. Looks delicious! I love veggie burgers but have never made them myself.

  12. I love making my own veggie burgers and will be bookmarking these to make one day!


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