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Vegan Houston’s Copycat Beet Burgers






I literally made this recipe 5 years ago as I was just branching out into the culinary world with EDS. Believe it or not, this recipe still holds up today and remains to be one of my favorites out of 100’s of recipes! It was inspired by my favorite veggie burger at the Houstons restaurant chain and it mirrors the look and taste, but tastes, even better!


Just how good is it?! I rarely have the urge to eat a recipe while photographing it, but this one I have to eat and work, because it’s just that good! 

Today there are countless frozen burger patties, but nothing compares to something that’s homemade, and these Beet Burgers are true game changers. It’s hard to imagine, that once upon a time I actually wasn’t crazy about beets! Proof, that you’re taste preferences shift as you get older.  







What do I love most about this recipe?! Honestly, everything! It’s packed to the max with veggies, packs tons of flavor, texture, is hardy, filling from the oats/quinoa/black beans, affordable, effortless, the ailoli pairs seamlessly with the burger, packs quinoa, you can modify the veggies, make in bulk to freeze later, packs protein, packs fiber, has a hint of heat and a hint of sweet, non vegan approved, gluten free, holds together, and just all around the best dang vegan Beet Burger I’ve ever had lol. 




If you’re looking to explore the world of beet burgers, this recipe has your name writing all over it! As one of the top viewed recipes on EDS, you can’t lose.  






Why this recipe is great: 




Packed to the max with veggies


Great for entertaining

Perf for any season 

Non vegan approved 






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Vegan Beet Burger Recipe

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  • Author: Eat Drink Shrink
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 burgers 1x


Units Scale


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbps vinegar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt as desired
  • 1 small package mushrooms (sliced) (white or portobello)
  • 1 can black beans- rinsed
  • 3 beets (peeled, steamed, sliced)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 4 dates (chopped ideally)
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • top with red onion, leaf lettuce,avocado, chipotle mayo


  • 1 cup Vegan Follow Your Heart Mayo
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 adobo pepper, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and peel beets. Coat with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast until soft. 35 mins. Set aside.
  2. In a pan over medium heat cook minced garlic with oil for a few minutes until fragrant.
  3. Now add diced onion, cook til clear, add chopped mushrooms, seasonings and add a few drops of vinegar.
  4. Cook for an additional 5-7minutes.
  5. Place black beans in a strainer, rinse then place in bowl with cooked quinoa, add the mushroom/onion mix.
  6. Put oats into the food processor and pulse until it forms a flour, Once the beets are soft, remove from oven, let cool, then place in a food processor.
  7. Pulse a few times with the oats, don’t over process, texture is good.
  8. Add 4 soft dates (chopped) to the food processor with the beets to give the burgers a hint of sweetness.
  9. Once processed add to the bowl with everything else and and mix together with hands.
  10. Add additional oat flour if they appear too wet. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes.
  11. In a skillet over medium heat cook each patty for 5/7 minutes on each side. The thicker the patty the longer it will take to cook. You can also opt to bake. Set on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 mins on 350
  12. Mayo: Throw everything together and combine


– The thicker the beet burger the longer you need to cook. If you would like to make more of a binder you can incorporate nuts or a flax egg.
– If you don’t want to use quinoa you can use brown rice
– You can wrap in plastic and freeze

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Burger
  • Cuisine: Lunch/Dinner







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  1. What could I substitute the quinoa with?

  2. Is nutrition information available? Thanks yes !

  3. Steve Nagel says:

    Hello Gabby,

    I made a batch of veggie burgers with your recipe and they were excellent! I’m on my 4th batch of “Red Beet and Black Bean Burgers”. Thank you for posting the recipe.

    I substituted Lea and Perrins worchestershire sauce for the liquid smoke. And I used raisins instead of dates. On my 4th batch of veggie burgers, I substituted chopped green cabbage for the mushrooms. They were delicious!

    I don’t put the veggie burger on a bun. I eat them with a large dollop of yellow mustard on the side. Brown baked beans and German style sauer kraut are a good combo with the burgers.

    Thanks again for the recipe. Being vegetarian is easier with your burgers.


    1. Oh, I love this! Thanks for sharing! I was craving these burgers the other day lol

  4. Thanks for this recipe! Is the 1.5 cups cooked quinoa the volume before or after cooking? If it’s the volume after, how much is it dry?

    1. Hi Emma! The 1.5 cups is cooked. I’m unsure of what that would be dry, but I’d imagine less than 1 cup as 2/3 cup is said to make 2 cups. Let me know how these turn out!

  5. Was this a cover item for Thrive mag? Which issue? I swear I had it and now I can’t find it.

      1. Do you remember what issue number?

  6. Can you use canned beets?

    1. Hi Krista You can use canned, but the color made be a litter darker and less vibrant. I’ve never tried with this recipe, but in others I noticed that’s the only difference.

  7. I love these burgers! Would you be able to tell me how many cups of beets the 3 you mention would equal? Where I live we have really huge beetroots and, because I have to add about 1 cup more oat flour, I am wondering if the large size adds too much moisture. They taste fine with the extra oat flour but would like to copy the recipe as closely as I can.

  8. Can you cook these on a flat top griddle ? Would like to give the burger form itself a flat surface on both sides for uniform cooking. Can I grate the beets as well ?

    1. Hi Elena, You can absolutely grate the beets and I cooked these in a pan, so a flat top griddle should work as well!

  9. Once beets are soft remove from oven and let cook……but you never mention when to put beets in the oven or at what temperature. Please advise, I really want to make these but the recipe is incomplete.

    1. Gabrielle says:

      Hi Julie! I’m sorry about that. There was a glitch with the recipe and it wasn’t listing the first step. You simply roast the beets until softened. The recipe has now been updated.

  10. I’ve made these burgers (or an earlier version of this recipe) several times and always devour them! The recipe makes a huge batch. You mention they can be frozen – do you recommend freezing before or after cooking? Thanks!

    1. Gabrielle says:

      Love this! They are one of my all time favorite recipes still to this day. I worked for the company so I felt it really replicated the real recipe!

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