It’s very weird to not be talking about pizza or breakfast.

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

Because I’m pretty sure that all I ate for the last four days was pizza AND breakfast. And popcorn. Kettle corn, to be exact. We bought what can only be described as a large vat yesterday and proceeded to eat the entire thing… on the drive home. Like we were fighting over each others’ hands in the bag. Guess who’s cleaning their car today?

It was so dang good. As was breakfast and pizza but you know.

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

So these bean burgers. Well.

What I can really only say is an actual miracle, my husband has sort of started to eat some things that don’t contain meat. I don’t even want to talk about it because 1. I’m sure it’s a fluke and 2. he basically only does it when he is either starving or not in the mood for anything, but still… it’s happening. And now that I mentioned it he will probably refuse to eat anything meatless for the next four months. I also think he eats things like this in ADDITION to his meaty meals, so that might be the key. Whatever it is, I’m not complaining. I mean, of course I am complaining because that’s pretty much all I do here, but you know what I’m saying. Bring on all sorts of meals that don’t contain two pounds of beef.

I should have prefaced that all with a disclaimer of, oh…say… I’m not really sure if he’d do this whole bean burger thing for dinner. That seems to be the meal that he considers a real MEAL, but he is willing to accept such a sandwich for lunch, or of course – a snack. I made these one afternoon and he happened to come home, grab one, and eat it. Happily. Plus, they had sweet potato chips on the side which are clearly a vegetable since they are named sweet potato chips so that probably helped.

Huh. He probably considered it a snack. Drats.

Whatev, these burgers are stacked and loaded.

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

They fall right in my line with my bean and quinoa burger loves – over the last few years they have become one of my favorite weekend dinners, if for only one reason: the recipe makes enough and I get them all to myself, which means I have lots of leftovers and lunches. I will reheat these babies and have another burger, I will throw them in a grilled cheese for a makeshift patty melt, I’ll add them to a salad with a million different toppings or I’ll just eat them plain, maybe dipped in something, with a few things on the side.

Versatility is my middle name. (not really.)

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

The burgers are an autumn-ed (yeah, see what I did there?) up version of my crispy quinoa sliders, albeit a bit more crisp. And to probably weird you out: I added Brussels sprouts TO the burgers. Yes, inside the burgers. I added apples too.

So there’s that.

But do not fear: these odd additions were sautéed first and then given a heavy handed dose of balsamic vinegar, deeming the savory enough yet still a bit sweet to shove inside a patty of beans and quinoa. Or as predicted: trash up, if you will.

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

On the top I threw together a quick little slaw, if you even want to call it that. Mostly because I had some leftover apple cider and holy cow – I freaking love apple cider. The amount of recipes I have on my list that include apple cider is ludicrous. But also because while I’ve never been a slaw fan (at least not of the creamy variety, though I must say that I made a killer version a few weeks ago when we smoked some pork), I really enjoy it on sandwiches. It’s probably the crunch and the whole texture thing. You know how important that is to me. What a dweeb I am.

Oil and vinegar slaws are my thing – sort of like a salad on your sandwich – because they give you that tart, briney flavor with a little hint of sweetness.

I actually ate this slaw with a fork, so something must have been done right.  I live for the tart, briney flavors. I’d be gleeful in a world full of pickles, olives, mustards and vinegars. Oh so good.

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

On top of the burger and under the slaw went a bunch of sautéed mushrooms just because it needed something else and well, because… I’m kind of in a mushroom phase. A juicy, garlicky, buttery mushroom phase. We can talk about that more later this week. Wink wink.

Alright. Done be annoying. Eat up!

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I


Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw

Yield: makes 6 to 8 burgers

Total Time: 40 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
1 small apple, chopped
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced in half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups chickpeas
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
6 ounces harvarti cheese, sliced

for serving
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
whole wheat buns

apple cider slaw
1/3 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
a pinch of salt and pepper
1 head savoy cabbage, sliced and chopped


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the leeks, apple and brussels and stir. Add the salt and pepper, stirring well, then cook until the veggies are slightly soft, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add in the balsamic vinegar and stir, cooking for another minute. Remove the veggies from the heat.

Add the veggies to a food processor along with the quinoa, chickpeas and eggs. Pulse until the veggies and beans are in coarse pieces - you don't want them pureed - and the eggs are combined. Scoop the mixture into a bowl and stir in the flour and smoked paprika until it is combined. Form patties that are about 2 inches wide and almost 1 inch thick - if you try to get them thicker than that, they will probably fall apart. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet and heat over medium-high heat. For me, the key to getting veggie burgers to crisp up is to cook them at a slightly higher heat. Add the patties (in batches, if needed) and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until they are golden brown and crisp. Reduce the heat to low, add the havarti slices and cook until the cheese melts.

For the mushrooms, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and stir. Cook until the mushrooms are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Assemble the burgers on the whole wheat buns, adding the mushrooms and then the slaw.

apple cider slaw
In a large bowl, whisk together the apple cider, vinegar, honey, oil and salt and pepper. Add the cabbage and toss well until the greens are combined. Taste and season additionally if desired. You can make this ahead of time - I like to make it first and let it sit in the fridge until serving time. Just make sure to toss well before adding to the burgers.

Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw I

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77 Responses to “Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw.”

  1. #
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — October 21, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Um, what? Amazing. These look SO good. Even though they have brussels sprouts, which I think I might actually be starting to like thanks to recipes like this. (btw I wholeheartedly approve of the amount of cheese on that burger…)


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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — October 21, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Never mind the meat, I could down these burgers any time of the day. I find bussels need a bit more love when it comes to eating them but I think it is well worth it. Love the dressing for the slaw, so creative!


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 21, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Wow! I am so into this burger! What a awesome combination of veggies!! Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    veronicabbee — October 21, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    That looks delicious! I think I’ve already decided I’m too lazy for the grocery store today, but I’m saving this one for later in the week. It just might be hearty enough for my husband to not complain about a meatless meal. Or he could also consider it a snack. They’re all crazy…


  5. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 21, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    You have just put Brussels sprouts in a burger. You are my hero!!!!


  6. #
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — October 21, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Yeahhhhhhhhh! I love your veggie burger recipes!!! And I am down with the apples and Brussels sprouts IN the burgers. Once I stuffed turkey burgers with apples and gouda. It was a good decision so these will top those I’m sure!!! I’m totally forcing veggie burgers on my family this week.


  7. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — October 21, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I am obsessed with oil & vinegar coleslaw right now — I don’t know where it came from, but I’m not fighting it! So delicious!


  8. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 21, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    How freaking fun are these?! LOVE this recipe Jess!!


  9. #
    Tieghan — October 21, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    I love the mushrooms on top and the brussel sprouts and apple in the burger!! Holy heck, yes!!


  10. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 21, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    These burgers look beyond words good. I love quinoa burgers. Have you ever seen this funny video


  11. #
    Madison — October 21, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    These burgers look delicious. I love the combination with the apple cider slaw!


  12. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 21, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    These look wonderful! And love the addition of tangy slaw (I hate the mayo variety as well–only vinegar based for me!). These need to go on my never-ending list of things to make in the next few months!!! :)


  13. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — October 21, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Vinegar slaws are where it’s at! I also fully intend to serve this to my carnivorous husband without mentioning the whole, um, “veg” thing and see what happens. If he doesn’t bite, more leftovers for yours truly.


  14. #
    Heather — October 21, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I think I just cried tears of joy. Really :)


    • Rosey Rebecca — October 21st, 2013 @ 9:25 am

      LOL. I did, too. I might eat my computer.


  15. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — October 21, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    ughh I have the “eat something other than meat” fight with my fiance allll the time!! so glad to see you are starting to win – it’s the little victories, ya know?


  16. #
    Maria — October 21, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    Girl, this is my dream burger!


  17. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 21, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Uuuuuuugh my mouth hurts from wanting this so bad.


  18. #
    lacy — October 21, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    want this in my face now.


  19. #
    Jessica @FoodLuvBites — October 21, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Yum Yum Yum!! Where do you come up with this stuff. So creative in the kitchen, thanks for sharing.


  20. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — October 21, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Wow these look so scrumptious! I love the ingredients in the burger too, I’ve never met a brussel sprout I didn’t like!


  21. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 21, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    oo those mushrooms…. oh those bean burgers!!! They look delicious!


  22. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — October 21, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Love the idea of apples in a burger. And those mushrooms? That’s all the convincing I need. Those giant bags of kettle corn are possibly the most dangerous snack in the entire world. Holy addictive batman.


  23. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — October 21, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    I’ve never tried apple cider slaw before and now I must recreate this. Looks delicious!


  24. #
    Julie — October 21, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Oooh, I’ve been looking for a great new veggie burger recipe!


  25. #
    RavieNomNoms — October 21, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I am loving every single ounce of this!!! YUMMMMM


  26. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — October 21, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    This looks delicious! I am thinking my carnivorous hubby may even try these..and like them. Yum!


  27. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — October 21, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    I want to shove my face with these all week long… perhaps I will!


  28. #
    Jenni — October 21, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    These look amazing! I’m a veggie burger fanatic. Do you think flax eggs would work well as a substitution for chicken eggs? The patties themselves would be vegan if they didn’t have eggs!


    • Jessica — October 21st, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      i’m honestly not familiar enough with flax eggs to be sure they’d work here… I’ve used them before but never in burgers/patties. If you try it, let me know! I would think they’d still taste great, the only issue may be them holding together.


  29. #
    29 — October 21, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Ok Jessica…I had to do a double take and check to make sure I was on the right website! Are you getting to be a veggie convert? LOL! I’m actually lovin’ every ingredient including the Brussels sprouts! Thanks for a great recipe – AGAIN!


  30. #
    Jenna — October 21, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    What an awesome burger!!!


  31. #
    Kendra — October 21, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Drooling. I am constantly looking for ways to get more veggies into my diet and these look amazing!!! I have a quinoa intolerance so I am going to give these a go with bulgar. Look amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration!


  32. #
    Liz {What Dress Code?} — October 21, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    These sound so delish and I’m always looking for variations on a typical black bean burger or the like — do you have any tips for flipping though? I always have issues with the patty starting to come apart, and I’ve tried freezing them beforehand but then it becomes harder to cook them all the way through without over-charring them — any tips??


  33. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 21, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Now if I could only get the motivation to get off my butt and go out to buy the ingredients!


  34. #
    DeLallo Foods — October 21, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    These look DELICIOUS. I want one for lunch right now!


  35. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — October 21, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    From a distance I thought this was a beef burger and I got all disappointed because I am a vegetarian. But it is in fact a veggie burger, yay!!


  36. #
    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — October 21, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Your veggies burgers never cease to impress m e!


  37. #
    Rachel — October 21, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    the apple cider slaw alone might convince my boyfriend to eat this meatless burger. I am going to have to try this this week! thanks!!


  38. #
    Larry — October 21, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    What the hell is a flax egg? That sounds wrong. EGGS!
    I’m starving and delirious. Sorry.


  39. #
    Jesse — October 21, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    i needed a variation in the worst way. i am finally sick of black bean burgers, well at least for this week.


  40. #
    Melissa — October 21, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Oh, yum! This is looks super tasty and I love all the ingredients!


  41. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 21, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Oh goodness, this burger! Totally veggie magic. I want a dozen!


  42. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 21, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I love how many mushrooms you piled on! Love em!

    And Ive said it before and I’ll say it again, you make the best looking veg burgers!


  43. #
    sarah — October 21, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    Are you in phoenix? Cause im coming over for one right now. Ha


  44. #
    Abbe@This is How I Cook — October 22, 2013 @ 12:19 am

    I don’t know where to start. I am speechless. I just wish it was because my mouth was filled with this!


  45. #
    cheyenne — October 22, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    it’s seven in the morning and now i want a burger. this looks delicious!
    xo, cheyenne


  46. #
    Emily aka The Three Bite Rule — October 22, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    apple cider in your slaw is a stroke of genius! nicely done!


  47. #
    Melissa — October 22, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    I have a confession… I have never purchased balsamic vinegar. It’s one of my most favorite things, but for some reason it’s intimidating me! What kind are you supposed to buy??? Aged? Or regular (is there a regular, I don’t know…)? Please help me.


  48. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — October 22, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    Wow. These look so amazing! I think I could even convince my meat-loving husband to eat these!!


  49. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 22, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    That melty cheese is stealing my heart.


  50. #
    Valerie — October 22, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Hello….wow *fabulous* recipe….have book-marked this for sure! Just need to swap out the eggs and cheese for the VEGAN substitutes…..Thanks and cheers, Valerie.



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