Meatball Style Veggie Burgers

Giant homemade vegetarian meatballs, flattened and served  on a toasted garlic bread bun with marinara and mozzarella. What more can you ask for? Meatball-Style-Veggie-Burgers

I know I just posted an awesome turkey burger recipe the other day, what what can  say? I’m on a roll. (*groan*)

Not too long ago, Shawn and I went for dinner at a place with a pretty extensive burger list and the meatball burger caught my eye. It totally wasn’t something that I would normally order, but for some reason I just couldn’t resist. I enjoyed every last bite, laughing the whole time that it was such a guy sort of thing to order.

So, what’s a meatball burger? It’s a giant meatball that gets smashed into a patty. It’s served on garlic bread, smothered in sauce and cheese. It’s a like a meatball parmesan sub, but smaller and with more meatball and less sauce.

They’re awesome.  I also knew they’d be perfect for this week’s Sunday Supper, which has a “man food” theme. Making them at home posed a few problems though: First, I usually add egg to my meatballs, and I’m not a fan of well-done burgers. Serving a medium well burger with egg in it was definitely not an option. Second, I just started a 21 day plant-based challenge and meat definitely isn’t part of the program. (I had hoped to make these before I started the challenge, but due to problem #1 that didn’t happen.)

Both problems were solved when I decided to swap out the traditional meatball patty for a vegetarian version. The vegetarian option might be a little less stereotypically “man food” but they definitely still got two thumbs up from Shawn.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Meatball Style Veggie Burgers
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These are some of the most delicious – and easiest to make – homemade veggie burgers I've tried. Seasoned as they are here, they definitely have a meatball vibe to them but you can easily swap out the Italian seasoning and parsley for other flavors if you want to make a more traditional burger to use with other toppings. For other veggie burger options, be sure to check out my Ultimate Veggie Burgers and Smokey Chipotle, Lentil, and Cauliflower Burgers.
Serves: 4
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup chopped crimini mushrooms
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 hamburger rolls, split
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, warmed
  • 2 ounces mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, carrots, and garlic for 3-4 minutes or until they start to soften.Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  3. Add the cooked vegetables, rice, walnuts, parsley, and seasonings to a food processor. Process until a crumbly mixture forms, 20-30 seconds, scraping down the sides as needed. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  4. Form the mixture into 4 large balls. Roll the balls in flour until they're lightly coated, then flatten them into patties (about ½ inch to ¼ inch thick).
  5. Melt the butter in your sauté pan. One by one, place the cut sides of the rolls into the melted butter to coat them. Place on a baking sheet, buttered side up. Season with garlic powder. Bake 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Place the mozzarella on the top half of the rolls; cook 3-4 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt.
  6. In the same pan, cook the veggie burgers for 5 minutes on each side.
  7. To serve, place a veggie burger on a "bottom" roll. Cover with 2 tablespoons warmed marinara. Top with a "top" roll, cheese side down.
Adapted from Pure Ella
Nutrition Information
Calories: 420 Fat: 17.9 Carbohydrates: 49 Fiber: 4.8 Protein: 16.1

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  1. Thank you, Lauren! Sorry if you are missing meat…But your recipe is perfect for my veggie burger loving hubby…Very fun how the flattening of the balls is reminiscent of cookie making =)

    • Lauren Keating says:

      I knew it reminded me of something but I couldn’t place it – you’re spot on with the cookie comparison!

  2. I love how you played with the ingredients to meet your challenge! We’re doing a Whole 30 right now so I definitely had to adapt my recipe as well. I love when a yummy plan comes together :)

  3. We had an amazing veggie burger at a restaurant in Portland when we were visiting a few years ago and just haven’t been able to recreate it. This looks like a much better version then the one I was trying so I think we might give it a try. We are going to do a meat free challenge again soon so this will be perfect.

  4. This is the most tempting veggie burger I’ve seen!!! Irresistible! Glad it was Shawn approved :)

  5. I’m glad someone shared a vegetarian recipe today! This sounds yummyyyy

  6. Fantastic flavours! My dad’s trying to eat more vegetarian these days so this would be perfect

  7. Love the veggie burger, I slide one or two vegetarian meals in each week and hubby never complains, this looks so good!!!

  8. On my list to try for my vegetarian daughter.

  9. You had me at meatball! I love this idea and to make a veggie burger is a genius idea. Thanks for the recipe, I must make these soon.

  10. Just perfect. Love all of your ingredients!

  11. Yum, these look amazing! I certainly couldn’t ask for more ;)

    Best of luck with your plant-based challenge too, hope you enjoy it!

  12. Best looking veggie burger ever!! I want!

  13. Oh my goodness, does this sound DIVINE!

  14. I can’t even. I could die for one of these!!

  15. Oh my gosh, the garlic bunnnn. These look and sound amazing!

  16. Ok, this is great! I’ve been wanting to play around with veggie burgers this summer to begin with and your version is definitely going at the top of my list. My husband might not eat it – he’s against vegetarian foods for some reason – but I will scarf it down!

  17. Great looking veggie burger Lauren, this reminds me of one I had at a restaurant on the Oregon coast and it was my all-time favorite.

  18. Veggie burgers don’t usually look this good!! Oh my your pictures are drool worthy! Pinned!

  19. We are always looking for a tasty addition to meatless Monday and this defiantly will go on the must make list!

  20. I love everything you put inside of these burgers!

  21. Seriously yummy dish. I love this for so many reasons, mostly because you take meatballs and make them cool by turning them into a veggie burger. Very, very cool recipe.

  22. Looks delicious! I’m always trying new veggie burger recipes for a vegetarian friend – yours is next on my list to try!

  23. Oh my gosh! These look good!! I’m SO making these! Great for meatless Monday!

  24. This looks great. It’s so fun to play w/ “burger” ingredients!

  25. What a great idea of using a smashed meatball as a burger, love it!

  26. What a great take on the veggie burger– this looks delish!

  27. Wow – I’m speechless! I am not normally one to want a veggie burger but this meatball style homemade veggie burger is begging to be made – and soon! Looks scrumptious :)

  28. I would LOVE to have dinner at your house!! These looks amazing!

  29. I’m not one for veggie burgers but your homemade one is so appetizing that it could definitely change my mind. That and the garlic buns, sauce and mozzarella.

  30. These flavors are fantastic! To tell you the truth, this looks like a meatball instead of a veggie “meatball”. I could totally fool the carnivores at home!

  31. Absolutely delicious! Great recipe!!

  32. These look amazing! Who knew meatless meatballs could be so delicious :)

  33. Hubby loves mushrooms. He’s not allowed to have them anymore as they make him ill. I won’t let him see this as he’d cry because he couldn’t have it.

  34. Lauren, this recipe comes at just the right time! I’ve been revamping my diet and am desperately in need of tasty, healthy, vegetarian recipes. This looks amazing! Good luck on your plant based challenge. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it after you’re done.

  35. I love a good veggie burger! These look delicious!

  36. Man oh Man that is one of the best veggie burgers I have seen. I would go out of my way to eat one of those. Excellent.

  37. Veggie burger cravings are in FULL FORCE in my house! Love love love the sound of these!!

  38. What awesome little vegetarian burgers. Such as great option for Meatless Monday too.

  39. These look phenomenal! Loving the mozzarella on them.

  40. WOW who knew a veggie burger could make me drool? That is awesome!!

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