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“Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers

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I have mentioned before that one of my favorite foods that I miss from my meat-eating days is my dad’s meatloaf.  There was always just something so delicious and comforting about sitting down to that meal.  You may remember, though, that I have found an awfully delicious substitute in my Vegetarian “Meatloaf.”  I love the vegetarian version so much that I have been trying to think of ways that I can incorporate the flavors into other dishes.

I was having a crazy and creative night several weeks ago, and it was at about this time that I suddenly thought, “why not make the “meatloaf” into burgers?”  Yes, this happened:

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“Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers

Servings: Makes 4 burgers


For the “Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers:

EVOO cooking spray
1/4 green pepper, roughly chopped
1/4 yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 15 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup cooked lentils
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup onion soup mix (make sure the one you select does not contain beef)
1 TB ketchup
1 tsp BBQ sauce
1/8 tsp onion powder
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

For the optional sauce:

1 TB vegan mayo (I used Vegenaise brand)
1/4 tsp ketchup
1/8 tsp sriracha sauce


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Combine pepper and onion in food processor and pulse a few times.

3. Add pinto beans to the food processor and pulse until the beans are mashed and thick, but with some bean pieces remaining intact.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the pepper, onion, and bean mixture with the remaining burger ingredients.  Stir until mixed well.

5. Form the burger mixture into four equal-sized patties.  Place on the baking sheet.

6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and flip.  Bake an additional 8-10 minutes, or until both sides have browned and are crispy.

7. Combine vegan mayo, ketchup, and sriracha sauce in a small bowl and stir until mixed well.

8. Serve your “Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers by themselves (as I did) or on a whole wheat bun and top with the vegan sauce and your other favorite toppings, if desired.

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Yes, I realize that the sauce does not look very pretty.  But I promise, it tastes good! 😉

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I served my “Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers alongside some delicious and colorful green peas.

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Now, I really must admit that these veggie burgers taste a bit less like “meatloaf” than I had intended ;).  The flavor is there, but not as strong as it is in my Vegetarian “Meatloaf.”  Even still, these made for some delicious veggie burgers.  I also loved that they were a bit out of the norm compared to the “traditional” veggie burger.  So fair warning…when you make these “Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers, please do not have your heart set on a traditional meatloaf taste.  But, do be ready to eat a delicious vegetarian burger!

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  • Brittany Trentham (@batrentham) March 12, 2013, 7:05 pm
    These sound delicious! I love peas with burgers!
  • Natalie March 12, 2013, 7:20 pm
    They look great and full of healthy veggie and lentils for protein!
  • leighakay March 12, 2013, 8:16 pm
    Ooh those look good!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 12, 2013, 10:30 pm
    I miss meatloaf too. That's okay though, a veggie burger feels so much better to eat. These look great and I love the flavors you used!
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish March 13, 2013, 12:31 am
    I love all the flavors going on in these burgers -- garlic, ketchup, barbecue sauce -- and LOVE that you added sriracha to the accompanying sauce! I was a huge fan of my mom's meatloaf when I was growing up, and always got excited when she'd use the leftovers to make me a sandwich. I'm sure I'd love a burger version equally as much! Have you made these for your dad yet? xoxo <3
  • Nat @ The Apple Diaries March 13, 2013, 3:35 am
    Great idea! I've never had traditional meatloaf, but I love that you've made these veggie burgers (without the use of mock meats) to recreate the same kind of flavour... genius :)
  • Audrey March 13, 2013, 6:20 am
    That looks delicious! Tempted to try :) Yum. Peas are probably the best thing to pair with meatloaf.
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 13, 2013, 6:54 am
    Luckily, I'm one that doesn't need a veggie burger to try and be a regular burger. I like them both for what they are . . . their difference included!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 13, 2013, 7:09 am
    These sound super tasty! At this point in my life, I don't reallllly know what meatloaf tastes like, so even if I expected it to taste 100% the same, I'd never know ;-) I love everything you have going on in here-- lentils, beans, onion soup mix (!) mmmm
  • Nicole March 13, 2013, 7:41 am
    These sound good, all the ingredients sound like they would be great together. I made my first veggie burger yesterday and although I do eat meat, I think I will be eating a lot more and it will be fun to try out other recipes.
  • Rach @ This Italian Family March 13, 2013, 8:23 am
    It's always funny to me how adding a heaping spoonful of bright green peas can make brown/beige tinged dinners look suddenly much healthier. ;) I make peas to go with pasta all the time for that very reason. ;) Not that this isn't healthy 'cause this sounds WAY better for you than the pasta I typically make. ;) I would definitely try it! :)
  • cookingfortheotherhalf March 13, 2013, 8:25 am
    This is such a cool idea. I love the sauce. Nice work, girl!
  • blonde hair blue eyed runner March 13, 2013, 9:10 am
    I had peas with my dinner on Monday and my lil guy loved them too! Great idea, looks yummy!
  • slimsanity March 13, 2013, 10:18 am
    I looove meatloaf! Glad you found a good vegetarian alternative :)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine March 13, 2013, 12:00 pm
    I hated meatloaf as a kid but learned to love it as I grew older. When I was a strict vegetarian, I would make my boyfriend (now husband) real meat meatloaf but sneak in a TON of shredded veggies to make it healthier ;) I love this meatless, burger-shaped option!
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 13, 2013, 2:55 pm
    The sauce sounds good! Add Sriracha to anything and I'm sold :)
  • sprint2thetable March 13, 2013, 3:22 pm
    these sounds great! I can't stand actual meat loaf, but I loved the lentil-walnut version I made last year. Must try it in burger form! Great idea!
  • kaityscooking March 13, 2013, 5:02 pm
    i loveeee lentil loafs ! i make it atleast once a wk because they are so filling and delish ! cant wait to try this recipe
  • erinksage March 13, 2013, 5:06 pm
    My goodness, woman! You are all over all kinds of yummy homemade, healthy versions of foods I love! I'm a big fan of meatloaf, but, unfortunately, my husband doesn't care for it, so it doesn't make an appearance in our house much...
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 14, 2013, 2:40 pm
      You should definitely try these burgers then. Just tell him that they are essentially veggie burgers!
  • moderngirlnutrition March 13, 2013, 8:25 pm
    Oh my goodness these are amazing! I have trouble getting the texture right on my burgers- got to work on that! Happy Wednesday:)
  • Eating 4 Balance March 13, 2013, 8:36 pm
    Yay. More peas :) Those meatloaf burgers turned out so well. They look like the real thing!
  • Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection March 14, 2013, 7:05 am
    My Dad's meatloaf is one of my all time favorite meals! What is it about Dad's and their cooking, especially with meatloaf?! These "meatloaf" veggie burgers look great. I made meatloaf muffins (I know...it sounds weird) before, and they were great for single serving sizes. These burgers are another great way to make meatloaf into single serving sizes!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 14, 2013, 2:41 pm
      Dad's definitely make the best meatloaf! My dad is a really great cook! "Meatloaf" muffins would be totally awesome. I should definitely give those a try!

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