Spicy Southwestern Vegetarian Burger

5 from 1 vote

Hands down, the best vegetarian burger on earth!

This super food burger is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We love this delicious vegetarian burger with a touch of barbecue sauce, romaine lettuce, Creamy Avocado Spread, salsa and a slice of reduced fat cheddar cheese. This makes for one big burger with big health benefits to match. Healthy burgers are a great alternative to the traditional recipes because they satisfy cravings while still keeping you healthy.

Living a healthy lifestyle and choosing foods that are good for you does not have to mean sacrifice. It is possible to feed your body healthy food and still enjoy the taste of what you are eating! Burgers are a great example. They might seem like a cheat food or something you want to avoid all together if you are cleaning up your diet, but the truth is there are healthy burger recipes out there that actually are good for you.

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5 from 1 vote

Spicy Southwestern Vegetarian Burger

You won't sacrifice taste with these vegetarian burgers with their spicy southwestern flavors.
Yield 5 people
Serving Size 1 burger
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onions diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 16 ounces kidney beans can, drained and rinsed, drained again
  • 4 ounces diced green chili peppers can, hot or mild, drained well (blot with a paper towel to remove excess liquid)
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup whole-wheat panko bread crumbs optional whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded, reduced-fat
  • 5 whole-grain buns or rolls


  • In a large skillet add 1 tablespoon oil, turn to medium-low heat and sauté onions until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute one additional minute. Add kidney beans, green chili peppers, and corn, continue to sauté until beans soften up, about 3 minutes. Add oregano, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper, stir to combine.
  • Combine in a large mixing bowl bean mixture, cheese, and bread crumbs.
  • Mash all ingredients with a potato masher or fork until beans are well mashed. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Make 5 burger-shaped patties. Note: Patties can be cooked right away or covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  • Add remaining tablespoon oil to a non-stick large skillet, turn to medium heat and cook until patties are browned on both sides and heated through, approximately 12 minutes total.
  • Serve patties on your favorite bun or roll. Try your favorite condiments...we added the following: Avocado Dip (Spread), romaine lettuce, tomato, salsa, 2% cheddar cheese slice, and barbecue sauce, with no sugar added.
  • For more yummy vegetarian recipes, check out The New Quinoa eBook ~ A Healthy Alternative to Traditional Recipes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 333mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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  1. I made this recipe for dinner. I made 2 changes. #1-I didn’t have reduced fat cheddar cheese so I used the regular cheddar cheese. #2-I used Mexican Oregano which gave it a little boost of flavor. The only problem that I had was that it did not stick together very well when I shaped them. And two of the patties broke up somewhat when I turned them over. But my husband and I really liked this recipe. I will be making it again.

  2. We loved the flavor of these but they did not “stick” together- any suggestions on what to try differently next time so we don’t have burger crumbles?

  3. I’m a newbie when it comes to being a vegetarian, and I’m a very picky eater, so I was terrified to make these. Let me tell you, they were DELICIOUS!!!5 stars

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