Houston's We Have a Veggie Burger

"If you're a vegetarian, this is hands-down the best burger you'll have. Even meat eaters order this one at Houston's. The best thing about this burger is that it doesn't taste like a burger (I hate anything pretending to be meat), and it also doesn't taste like oats or bread between a bun. (Like so many other veggie burgers). This is not an exact recipe, but it's a version of what our chef friend from Houston's gave us. We have tweaked it to the recipe listed here using all of the Houston's ingredients. Careful with the Jalapeños or it can get way too spicy. Caution with the prunes too, or it can end up tasting like jam which is just gross. As for the glaze, we tend to wing it every time so if anyone has the units for this, let us know. The cooking time and temp is also something we just watch for each batch. So basically, these are delicious but still in progress. There is no egg in their recipe!"
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Ready In:
15 patties




  • Makes 15 patties for freezing.
  • Mix everything with brown rice, then layer patties between parchment paper squares before marinating and grilling.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of minced jalapenos was enough for us, and we like spicy!
  • Bake at 375 and watch for time. We pull them out when they look right.
  • Glaze:.
  • Soy.
  • Honey.
  • Hoisin.
  • Molasses.
  • Dip let sit in marinade before grilling/baking.

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  1. Ethan M.
    For the past 12 years Houston’s has set the standard by which I judge all other veggie burgers. This sounds closer than any other copycat recipe I’ve seen online to the real thing as based on what I’ve gotten them to tell me at the restaurants. The only thing missing is the fact that they grill theirs over burning hickory. My wife recently bought me a grill and this is on my short list of things to make next.
  2. kmosur33
    This was a very difficult, time-consuming recipe and my burgers fell apart and did not taste very good. I was disappointed


  1. christina o.
    I've made a copycat recipe of Houston's veggie burger a bunch of times. this recipe is missing a lot of things... saute 4 garlic cloves with the onion omit black bean juice reduce rice to 2 cups dry out black beans in the oven briefly add a little chili powder, a little more cumin, and some black pepper Another problem with this recipe is there is no binder. I use a "flax egg" so that its vegan. 6 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons ground flax- let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken, then add to the recipe. alternatively, you could use 2 egg whites to bind it.



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