Simple Southwest Veggie Burgers

Veggie burger with onion, tomato and lettuce on wheat bun
Prep Time: 
20 minutes prep + 20 minutes chill
Number of Servings: 
Recipe Source: 
From Eat What You Love Everyday © 2014 by Marlene Koch, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.


  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tsp chopped jarred jalapeño peppers
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 12 cup cooked instant brown rice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 12 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 12 cup corn niblets
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 14 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 8 whole-wheat hamburger buns


  1. Spray a medium, nonstick skillet generously with cooking spray, and place over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell pepper, and jalapeño, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and starting to brown. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place beans and rice in medium bowl. Mash with a potato masher, leaving about one-fourth of the beans whole. Mix in next 7 ingredients (cumin through breadcrumbs), and then add cooked vegetables. Use your hands to shape mixture into 8 patties, about 12-inch thick.
  3. Coat a large, nonstick sauté pan with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Add patties and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings. Or top these in classic burger style with lettuce, tomato, and onion; veggie style with avocado and sprouts; or go fully Southwestern style with barbecue sauce.


The patties can be cooked immediately, but will hold together better if refrigerated for about 20 minutes before cooking. To freeze, place individual patties on waxed paper and freeze until frozen, remove from waxed paper, and wrap airtight.