Curried Veggie Burgers

Homemade veggie burgers are just… the best.

Curry Veggie Burger

Think: lightly spiced lentil-chickpea-carrot-brown-rice-cashew-curried patties, soft and textured with a lightly browned outside, brushed with olive oil and smothered in fresh, juicy mango and a handful of good ol’ cilantro.

As much as I dislike the word “patties”, there is no denying. That right there is what’s up. L-O-V-E.

Curry Veggie Burger

A few months ago I got a really heartfelt email from one of my readers. It was one of those times where you read an email from someone and you feel like you know them because they make a joke about themselves on the second line of the email that makes you laugh out loud. It’s like they just reached out and passed you a peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie you through your speckly, smudged, kid-fingerprinted screen and now you’re best friends and you’re craving more cookies.

This particular email-er so much mentioned that she had a great veggie burger recipe for me. I felt really special and veggie-burger inspired. Then three months passed, and the recipe was still sitting in my inbox, and my screen was still speckled and kid-fingerprinted. I love you kiddos and pleasepleaseplease stop touching my screen. Me? Type A? Nah.

Better late than never, friends. Better.late.than.never.

This is called re-falling in love with veggie burgers. They were even more gorgeous and delicious than I was expecting. Moist and textured and packed with the most nutty, spicy, perfect flavors. And now I have fourteen – as in 14 – that’s one four – of them in my fridge, so that looks like a veggie burger for lunch and dinner for something like, oh, the next SEVEN DAYS. I might get sick of them. Not! I could eat these forever and they would never get boring.

Curry Veggie Burger

Ways I have been enjoying them:

  1. Raw. That sounds bad, but I did it, and how do mashed beans taste so good? Wowz.
  2. On a burger bun, with fresh mango and cilantro and yogurt.
  3. Smashed up on a tortilla, with fresh mango and basil. *favorite*
  4. On a focaccia bun, with traditional burger toppings. And by traditional burger toppings, I mean melted cheese and ketchup. It didn’t even go together. I ate it and loved it.
  5. Wrapped in a pita.
  6. Crumbled on a salad. Maybe?
  7. Smashed and dipped with chips.
  8. Specifically, pita chips.
  9. Drizzled with plain yogurt.
  10. Mango chutney.
  11. Basil.
  12. Fresh cucumber slices.
  13. Tzatziki.
  14. Olive oil.

#5-14 are just dreams that have yet to come true. But I still have a million and one left, so that leaves plenty of time for veggie burger experimenting.

Curry Veggie Burger

A huge thank you to awesome Amber for inspiring this recipe, and to all of you kind and caring readers who take the time to be my friend via email. I like you guys.

And I like it when we all make veggie burgers.

Curry Veggie Burger

4.7 from 7 reviews
Curried Veggie Burgers
Serves: 14
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (28 ounce) can lentils, rinsed and drained, or 3½ cups cooked lentils
  • 1 heaping cup cashews
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 yellow onions, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • up to ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  1. Combine the rinsed beans in a large mixing bowl. Begin cooking the rice.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Toast the cashews in the dry pan until golden brown; process in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs form. Add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the oil in the skillet and add the onion and garlic. Saute for 10 minutes over low heat, until soft and fragrant. Add the carrots and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until soft, adding more oil if necessary. Add the vegetables to the mixing bowl.
  4. Mix in the spices with everything already in the mixing bowl. Add the cooked rice and stir to combine.
  5. Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until a doughy consistency forms. Add a few tablespoons of vegetable broth if needed to keep the mixture moving. I like to keep some texture to the mixture.
  6. Stir in the panko crumbs and form into patties. See notes for different ways to cook them!
1. Bake on an oiled cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; flip and bake another 15 minutes, or until burgers reach your desired brownness and texture. These will be more firm.
2. Brush with olive oil and fry in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, flipping after a few minutes. These will be really soft but still have a browned, crispy exterior.
3. Bake as directed, and then fry as directed, so you get the firmness from the baking and the golden brown from the frying.

I did all three ways and the bake+fry combo was my favorite!


Curried Veggie Burgers Nutrition Information
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  1. i love love love homemade veggie burgers Lindsay! I don’t make them nearly enough. maybe a couple times a YEAR. That has to change. And this is exaclty how I’m going to make that change – start with this recipe. I’m not a vegetarian but I love all your meat free options. :) Love the cashews in these too – I gotta try it. hope all is well!

    • Thanks Sally! If I lived alone I think I’d do vegetarian recipes almost all the time, with the exception of pork! I love pork. And yes – the cashews were so perfect in there! Especially toasted. Yummm. Thanks for the nice comment!

  2. The mango & cilantro totally won me over. Not a fan of the word “patties” either 😉

  3. I love veggie burgers too which is something I never expected given how much I love meat-filled burgers but they’re so adaptable and tasty. Definitely going to give these a try!

  4. These looks delicious. I agree that making your own veggie or turkey burgers is the best. You can control exactly what you put in them and mix it up with spices and other toppings. I pinned this for later–can’t wait to try it out.

  5. Sa-HOLD.

  6. I have a curry FANATIC in this house, so these are happening. I love the mango, I love topping a cool salad with a warm … um … patty 😉

    can’t wait!

  7. Ooh, I adore homemade veggie burgers and am always looking for new creative ways to make one. I love the addition of mango and cilantro! The basil is probably heavenly as well. And curry? Anything with curry is a winner in my book!

  8. Yum. So jealous of your gorgeous mangoes! I never would have thought to top a veggie burger with those, but they look perfect.

    • The mangoes lately have been INSANELY good! I wish I could pass you a bite of one through the screen. Possibly the most perfect fruit I’ve ever eaten.

  9. These are so beautiful! I would totally go for these raw too! :)

  10. I am with you on love of homemade veggie burgers. A fridge full of them sounds like its going to be a good week. Yum!!

  11. I am such a huge fan of veggie burgers and curry – but together?! YES!

  12. What a great compromise…burgers for me (my favorite) and non-meat for my wife (veggie eater)! I think I am going to have to make these this weekend…too bad my bbq is a mess :S Dang seattle dampness…

  13. Way to go, Amber! I love emails like that. In fact, I love all emails from every reader. They’re just so fabulous.

    You’re right, these patties/burgers are so versatile. I’ve made lentil patties before, but they weren’t nearly as beautiful as yours. In fact, they were downright ugly. Will definitely be trying this one out!

  14. Yum!! I have got to try this. Ways To Enjoy #1&3 sound especially intriguing! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Nice! I always get thrown off by condiment choices on veggie burgers…ketchup just doesn’t feel right. But mango, yogurt, and cilantro? Yes.

    • I know. And it was Filipino ketchup nonetheless, which is extra sweet. It didn’t work at all but somehow I still ate it and liked it. You’re better off with the mango combo, for sure! :)

  16. These veggie burgers sound so good! The recipe even has me thinking that it may finally be time to get a food processor…or I may just invest a lot of time with my immersion blender. :)

  17. We love homemade veggie burgers and I love your list of ways to eat them. Add this to the list: quesadilla! It’s become our favorite! These look amazing!

  18. These sound a lot like falafel burgers…or patties, but with some zing added with the variants.

    You’re in the Philippines, though–I’d love to see you do more Filipino items. When I move to the Philippines, hopefully in three years or so, I hope to have my foodblog (with your able advice) up and running, and have something of a hook that will be enticing enough to draw folks in–maybe something that will transcend location.

  19. Wow! These look incredible! I am always looking for ways to use curry and this sounds like the perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  20. You are a psychic Lindsay, we are in our 2nd week of burgery-loving marathon for lunch(homemade, of coz), and now more than your gorgeous vegge burger, I’m hooked on the focaccia buns..are they homemade? and if they are, do you mind sharing the recipe? They look so perfect.

  21. Erin {Lemon Sugar} says:

    Those are happening, tomorrow. YUM.

  22. Your pictures make me drool! You have a real gift. I love anything with mangoes and cilantro :)

  23. Anything with mango and cilantro…you got my attention. You’re pictures are absolutely gorgeous and your mangos make me jealous. Thanks for all the great recipes, this one definitely goes in the “to make” pile.

  24. I dream of my next trip to the USA to have Trader Joes Masala Veggie Burgers.
    These look very similar, so will have to try them. Thanks for the awsome recipe

  25. These looks gorgeous! Nothing beats a good veggie burger, especially in a freshly baked bun, delicious!

  26. I am a HUGE fan of homemade veggie burgers. I’ve never tried with cashews and curry and am now asking “Where has this been all my life?” Thanks for sharing this (and thanks to Amber for passing it along in the first place!)

  27. I couldn’t agree more. I love a good veggie burger and this recipe looks lovely.

  28. I love the idea of topping these with mango– YUM!

  29. These look amazing! I have them bookmarked. Definitely trying these in the near future!

  30. Amazing! I’ll be honest with you – the boyfriend would never go near this but I would just have to have his serving then!

    • Bjork isn’t much of a veg burger guy either. I kept them in a container in the fridge at work and just have been progressively eating them throughout the week. :)

  31. Oh my goodness. Yum. I can’t decide which part looks the most delicious – the mango, the bun, or the burger! That makes a great big batch too – that’s perfect for our house!

  32. I love homemade veggie burgers. These sound so versitile which is awesome!

  33. These look amazing – but can you leave the cashews out (or substitute them with something else)? I’m allergic to nuts…

    • Yep! I would just replace it with something else kind of crunchy. You could even just increase the amount of rice slightly to make up for the difference.

  34. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    I’ve actually never made veggies burgers … Weird, right? These look 100% amazing, and I’m definitely trying then ASAP!

  35. I am a veggie burger skeptic, but these look amazing. I love all the ingreds., so will be trying soon.

  36. Trying this tonight, I’d drooling on my keyboard! (because of the patties, not because I’m the walking dead or anything)

  37. This may be an obvious question and usually when I preface a question with that my husband warns me not actually say it out loud, but I would rather be safe then sorry.

    Can these be frozen once cooked?

  38. These look extra delicious, great flavours for a veggie burger!

  39. These sound fantastic! I love the added mango and yogurt sauce. Perfect flavors to accompany curry. Yum

  40. My brother and I just made these, they are phenomenal! I had mine with fig preserves, awesome! And my brother loved his with some roasted red pepper hummus spread on top!

  41. This looks yummy! I’m going to try them as soon as I’m get through my store-bought stash. I really want to get back to making my own veggie burgers… so much better and versatile.

  42. These are phenomenal! I made these the other day and think that the leftovers are even better! I’ve enjoyed crumbling the patties in a whole wheat tortilla topped with some cilantro jalapeño hummus. So good. On another note, I cannot wait to start Food Blogger Pro with you soon!!!

  43. Lindsay!

    I sniffled, and then I teared up, and then I laughed and wanted to shove these burgers immediately in my FACE.

    I love the way you Lindsay-stuff-up. Thanks so much for your sweet mention! You have a kind, funny, and mango-butter-soaked heart full of goodness. <3

    • Oh Amber. You are sweet! I got this yummy taste in my brain/mouth the other day and thought, mmm, what taste am I remembering? Oh yeah. The veggie burgers. :) LOVE this recipe. Thank you for reminding me of how much I love veggie burgers!

  44. Just made these today for lunch when we had some company over. They were AWESOME!!! Everyone loved them…even the meat eaters. :-) We had six people total eating today and there are still about 15 patties left over that my husband and I can be eating all week for our lunches. Thanks for a great recipe — this will be my go-t0 veggie burger from now on!! :-)

  45. Hi :) I hope you don’t mind me asking whcih lentils did you use .. can you name it please .

  46. Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m so excited to try it.
    By any chance, do you know how long these should keep in the freezer?

    • I kept mine just in the fridge for about a week, which is long but I thought they were still great. Almost tasted better because of the flavor. :) And freezer? I don’t know, indefintely?? The only concern would be if they started to get freezerburnt.

  47. OMG can I say!? This was my first time making my own veggie patties and they turned out sooo good! I am a new vegetarian (about a month in and never felt better) and I am so happy to have found this. I didn’t have pine nuts so I substituted sunflower seeds and it still tasted phenom! This made 16 patties for me which is perfect because I live by myself and like to make large quantities and freeze for later. It was so easy to make except my only problem is my food processor is soooo tiny! Once I was doing the final mixing it took me about 7 different loads in the food processor to finish it all up, but so worth it! I had mine on a pita with lettuce, tomatoes, and greek yogurt. Can’t wait to try more combinations with what I have left. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Glad you liked this Torie! I always love when people find older semi-obscure posts and love them just as much as I did. :) The vegetarian ones like this are not always the most popular but they’re my faves.

  48. Wow. I loved this! I slightly adapted it with ginger syrup and tabasco, and the burgers came out just wonderful. As student from the Netherlands, this is one of the recipes that are quite easy, cheap and delicious. Thank you for the inspiration! I loved it with mango and yoghurt!

  49. This looks amazing and I want to try it. I am allergic to wheat, milk, corn, and soy. Any suggestions to replace the panko crumbs? Must have mango chutney with it…have a recipe for that too?

    • No recipe for mango chutney (I usually just buy it) and I guess I’m not sure for the panko sub. Can you do something like breadcrumbs but use crushed GF crackers or something like that? Do they make wheat free breadcrumbs? I would think they would be sold somewhere… Good luck Lori! Sorry I can’t help more.

  50. Lesley Grant says:

    I made these and they were delicious. Instead of using veg stock though I used lemon juice to make the mix looser and to cut through the earthy pulse flavours. I did also use a mango chutney as my mango tree has been fruiting abundantly. I’d link it here but my phone doesn’t allow it. Check for spicy mango chutney on best recipes. Passing this recipe on and can’t wait to make again. THANK YOU

  51. You actually make it seem really easy along with your presentation but I to find this matter to be really one thing that I believe I might never understand.
    It sort of feels too complicated and very huge for me.

    I’mlooking forward to your subsequent submit, I will attempt to get the dangle of

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