Ever tried making your own veggie burger? You make them and they fall apart? I've been there. I've learned a few do's and don'ts when it comes to making veggie burgers.
7 Tips on Making the Perfect Veggie Burger, that stays together! 🤯
Follow these tips and you will be on your way to making perfect customized burgers that you and your family will love. This also makes dinner a lot easier because you can quickly pull out some burgers from the freezer if you have some premade.
Tip #1 Too Much Moisture
Is your burger falling apart? If you're burger is falling apart it may be because you have too much liquid or water and nothing to help absorb the moisture. A good trick is to add in some oat flour or oats to your burgers when you are making the burger batter or dough. Oats can absorb some of the moisture without taking away or adding to the flavor of the burger.
Liquid from ingredients in the recipe, like tamari, soy sauce or vinegar, will add additional moisture to the veggie burgers.
(Just some food for thought🧐)
Tip #2 Raw Vegetables
If you are using raw or frozen vegetables in your burgers be aware that there will be more water in the veggies which could make the burgers harder to hold together. A good idea is to sauté the veggies and release some of the liquid once cooked. If you want to use raw veggies because it's your choice or you want that flavor profile in the burger, add in ¼ cup of oat flour at a time to get the consistency that you want.
Tip# 3 Use a food processor.
What really helped make a difference in my burgers was using the food processor to help combine the ingredients. You can take part or all of the burger dough or batter and add to the food processor for a couple of pulses to combine the ingredients. Add that back into batter and combine together.
I had that experience when making black bean rice burgers, but once the ingredients where blended in the food processor the burgers stayed together.
Tip# 4 Don't over process
Quick tip on using the food processor, is too not over process the burger dough because that can make the burgers fall apart. You want to have a thick texture.
Tips #5 Let the Burgers Rest
When you take the burgers out of the oven, let them sit for a couple of minutes before removing from the tray and the burgers will harden, this helps them stay together.
Tip #6 Bake the Burgers before Grilling
If you are looking to grill your burgers, you could partially bake the burgers in the oven for about 20-25 minutes ahead of time before putting them on the grill. You could do this in advance and have them partially precooked and in the freezer or the refrigerator.
Tip #7 Your burgers are all different sizes..uugh
Cookie cutters are an awesome inexpensive tool to use when you want the same size burgers. I tend to use the 3# circle cookie cutter for my burgers. You can also get a smaller cookie cutter if you want to make little sliders. Just put the cookie cutter in the baking sheet fill the circle with the burger batter and move on to the next one. You can use your hands but I find this much easier and less messy.
Extra Tip! Always line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet when baking so the burgers don't stick. If you want to cook the burger on the stock and you don't want to use oil for your burgers, you can bake half way in the oven and cook rest of the way on the stove. This is also a great way to meal prep by baking the burgers half way and let cool and freeze. Then you can easily reheat on the stove or the oven.
Veggie Burger Recipes to Check Out!