Tasty Summer Veggie Burger

There’s nothing like a burger to define summer picnics.  And psst…meatless burgers are pretty awesome too.  They’re not just for vegetarians, as I’ve known many meat eaters to enjoy a flavorful veggie burger.  Love this black been option from our ayurvedic expert Vishnu.  Put this one on the menu for your next cookout!




1/2 cup of black beans (soaked and rinsed)

1/2 cup of peas and/or corn

1/2 cup of parsley or cilantro finely chopped

1/2 cup of spinach

1 cup of chickpea flour/rice flour

1 medium onion  finely chopped

1 cup of shredded carrots

1/2 – 1 tsp. of salt (salt as needed)

1 tsp. of cumin powder

1 tsp. of turmeric powder

1 tsp. of coriander powder

1/2 tsp. of black pepper

1 cup of water


Step 1: Cook the beans half way. Then add the carrots, peas and onions. Steam until done but make sure the veggies don’t get mushy.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix the chickpea/rice flour with water and spices. This becomes the batter. Taste the batter to test the salt and flavor content. Add more if needed.

Step 3: Mix the veggies with the batter thoroughly. This should form into the substance required to create the burger. If the batter is too watery, add more chickpea flour. If the batter is too dry or if it doesn’t seem like there’s enough to make into paddies, then add more water and chickpea starting with 1/2 cup each.

Step 4: Grill the burgers evenly on both sides.

Step 5: Garnish with tomatoes and anything else you would normally garnish a burger with such as lettuce or sauerkraut.  Ketchup or mustard is fine. Mayonnaise is fine too. Bread can be tricky as bread is not necessarily compatible. Potato bun is a little more compatible depending on the quality/ingredients. Otherwise, let’s not stress over so many little details and enjoy this pleasant veggie burger.

Let me know what you think. Buon Appetito!

Dr. Vishnu Aragona AD, LMT, is one of Philadelphia's leading experts in Ayurveda, with over 20 years of experience in holistic training. He has been recognized by NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) as meeting the requirements as a Doctor of Ayurveda. Vishnu has a Master's Degree in Ayurveda and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Vishnu is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing various other modalities. He has been practicing for 22 years and teaching classical yoga rooted in Ayurveda for over 15 years. His Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage center, Still Point Ayurveda is the leading Ayurvedic Center in Philadelphia. Visit www.stillpointayurveda.com to find out more and to schedule appointments.

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