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Mexican Inspired Vegetarian Burgers

Mexican Inspired Veggie Burgers

Mexican Inspired Veggie Burgers

I wanted to make veggie burgers for a long time, but every time I mention it to my carnivorous husband, I get the eye roll, so I knew if I was going to make them, they had to be amazing! My initial thought was something Middle Eastern inspired, but the more I thought about the ingredients, the more I began to lean “south of the border.” I make Mexican food about once a week, so I started with a base of beans and expanded into all my favorites ingredients. I decided to roast corn first with onion, garlic and spices to give it a more toasty flavor. I wanted to have some texture in my veggie burger, so I mashed half of the beans and left another half as it is. The burgers are very tender, but they don’t have a texture of a ‘baby food’ because of the whole beans and corn. Finally, I seared the burgers in a hot oiled pan to give them a beautiful brown crust and serve them with salsa sauce.

Mexican Inspired Veggie Burgers

Mexican Inspired Veggie Burgers



Mexican Inspired Vegetarian Burgers

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cup corn kernels, shaved from 2 ears corn
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded and chopped
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and divided
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (I used store-bought from a jar)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Salsa sauce (I didn’t take measurements, just adjust to your taste)

  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Toss the corn, garlic, onions, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, sweet paprika in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss to coat. Arrange the corn mixture in a single layer in the prepared pan and roast the vegetables until tender and golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Note: You can sauté corn in a pan but I prefer roasting them in the oven. I think the taste is better.
  3. Let the corn mixture cool to room temperature or a little warmer.
  4. While veggies are roasting, in a large bowl add half of black beans and mash with a masher.
  5. Next, add the rest of the beans, cooled corn mixture, lime juice, and cilantro. Mix until coated.
  6. Add in the eggs, cheese and bread crumbs and mix just until incorporated. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  7. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering.
  8. Scoop a 1/2 cup of mixture into the palm of your hand and gently shape into a burger. The mixture should hold a burger shape. If it doesn’t add 1 tablespoons more of bread crumbs.
  9. Fry over medium heat, adding more oil when necessary, turning the patties once, until browned and crisp, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  10. Serve with salsa sauce.

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  • Reply
    April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Those look so good! I love making veggie burgers with a black bean base and this seems like a great recipe to try.

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    Rachael Hurst
    April 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    These look great!

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    Dana Fashina
    April 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    This is something else, bravo m’lady, bravo!

    • Reply
      April 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Yes! I always wanted to try a veggie burger… It’s actually quite good! I will make it again… Thanks Dana!!!

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    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    April 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Great idea, to roast the vegetables before adding them to the mixture. Looks delicious! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Ronit! Roasting veggies adds more flavor and a little bit of sweetness. I thought it worked really well in this recipe.

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    April 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    My mom makes my favorite veggie burgers….but these sound amazing 😍 I seriously need to try these out. They sound like a real trip

    • Reply
      April 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you! I hope you try them and let me know what you think!

  • Reply
    April 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    these are beautiful!

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    April 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    These looks delicious Olga 🙂 I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Linda! They were very good:) this was my first attemp on veggie burgers but I will make it again:)

  • Reply
    April 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I love veggie burgers. Always on the lookout for a nice new recipe, and this looks great!

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Darya! Let me know what you think if you make them!

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    April 20, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Wow! These veggie burger looks deliciously tempting. YUMMY! 😀

  • Reply
    April 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Great recipe! Love how you gave the corn a little extra attention before you added them. Did your husband like them? 🙂

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    Feast Wisely
    April 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I tok get the eye roll when I mention a vegetarian dinner – but my husband would be very happy with these!

    • Reply
      April 21, 2015 at 7:34 am

      My husband loved these! He asked for more:) so I will try other options/ingredients.

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    chef mimi
    April 21, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Wonderful burgers! My husband was a vegetarian for many years, and I always tried to create different burgers using beans mostly and grains. Your Mexican variety wins hands down!

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      April 21, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Thank you so much! We really enjoyed these and now I am excited to try other options!

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I need to try this recipe…this sounds great!

    • Reply
      April 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks! let me know what you think if you do:) hope you doing well, i haven’t ‘seen’ you for a long time:) Olga x

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