California Avocado Veggie Burger

California Avocado Veggie Burgers are a summertime must-have. They’ve got a hearty, grillable texture that gets two thumbs up from everyone who tries them! Jalapeno, cilantro, and red onion give a just-right California flavor that you won’t believe. It’s going to become your new favorite veggie burger recipe!

California Avocado Veggie Burger

The Perfect Veggie Burger

Is everyone else going a little grill crazy right now? Whenever I sit down to meal plan, my mind goes straight to dishes I can grill. This California Avocado Veggie Burger is a recent favorite. I got major flavor inspiration from classic guacamole recipes, so there’s red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro to add full and robust flavor to the avocado. Oats, black beans, and (gluten-free!) homemade (easy) bread crumbs give this burger that perfect texture that holds up to the grill and satisfies your backyard burger craving!

gluten-free veggie burger

Allergy-Free Veggie Burgers

These California Avocado Veggie Burgers are 100% vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free. ALL of their amazing flavor comes from California avocados, red onions, cilantro, and jalapeno. It’s an incredibly straightforward ingredient list that will fill you with plant-based protein, healthy fats and a hearty texture. I just know you’ll love it!

California Avocado Veggie Burger

California Avocado Veggie Burgers for the Whole Family!

I personally think homemade veggie burgers taste a thousand times better than store-bought frozen options. You know exactly what you’re mixing into your meal, plus you can tailor the flavors to your own taste preferences! If you’re serving these burgers to little ones (which I totally recommend; this recipe is kid-approved!) then you may want to use less jalapeno.

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For toppings, I recommend your favorite hamburger bun or wrap it in butter lettuce, and then the classics: lettuce, tomato, red onion slices, and a little more California avocado! You can never go wrong with more avocado.

California Avocado Veggie Burger

All About Black Beans

I love using black beans in veggie burgers.  Black beans are considered a legume and part of both the protein and vegetable group.  They provide plant-based protein, dietary fiber as well as important nutrients such as iron and zinc.  Their texture is perfect for veggie burgers when mashed!  They also absorb flavor well.  

Health Benefits of Avocado

These veggie burgers also contain creamy rich California avocado.  It is a perfect pairing of bountiful flavor and nutrition with incredible texture.  Plus, avocados offer healthy fats, dietary fiber and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate, vitamin E, C and B6.  To ensure you’re enjoying locally grown California Avocados, be sure to check for California on the label!
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How to Select and Store California Avocados

When shopping for avocados, look for avocados with no soft spots.  To accelerate the ripening process, place the avocado in a brown paper bag along with an apple, banana or tomato. Then place it in the warmest spot in your kitchen.  You will know it is perfectly ripe when the skin changes from green to slightly black and it is still firm but yields a gentle pressure.  Once ripe you can refrigerate for two to three days.  For this recipe, it is best to use newly ripe avocados.

Serving Veggie Burgers

Serve between lettuce “buns” or grilled whole wheat burger buns with my creamy vegan cilantro jalapeno lime sauce, California avocado slices, lettuce, tomato and red onions.  I also love to add grilled red onions to my burgers.  Serve these veggie burgers with grilled veggies, grilled sweet potato fries, my favorite potato salad, pasta salad and/or coleslaw.  Follow it up with my no-churn easy vegan vanilla ice cream (made in your blender).  

California Avocado Veggie Burger

Round out your grilling menu with these plant-based cookout-friendly recipes:

  1. Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
  2. Mediterranean Pasta Salad
  3. Tzatziki Potato Salad
  4. Garlic Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
  5. Mexican Quinoa Salad
  6. Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Quinoa Mango Salad
  7. Easy No-Churn Blender Vanilla Ice Cream
  8. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Looking for more innovative ways to use avocado in recipes?

These are some of my most popular recipes with avocado.  All of these dishes are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free  and refined sugar-free.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Key Lime Pie Bars with Avocados

Crispy Socca with Avocado Mash

Avocado Kale Salad with Cashew Ranch Dressing and Crispy Chickpea Croutons

Key Lime Pie Pudding Parfaits with Avocados

Crispy Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Watermelon Arugula Mason Jar Salad with Quinoa, Avocado, Pine Nuts & Mint

Strawberry Salsa with Avocado

Mango-Avocado Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pepitas

Vegan Chickpea Avocado “Egg” Salad Sandwich

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California Avocado Veggie Burger

California Avocado Veggie Burger


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 patties 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

California Avocado Veggie Burgers are a summertime must-have. They’ve got a hearty, grillable texture that gets two thumbs up from everyone who tries them! Jalapeno, cilantro, and red onion give a just-right California flavor that you won’t believe. It’s going to become your new favorite veggie burger recipe!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, stem removed, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 California avocado, mashed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed, dried and mashed
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, large stems removed
  • 1 cup homemade gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Topping Ideas:


Instructions

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add oil, onions, jalapeno and a pinch of salt.  Saute on medium heat until onions are fragrant, translucent and soft (about 7 minutes).  Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine mashed avocado with the black beans and use a potato masher to mash the black beans.  It is okay if some beans are partially mashed for texture.  Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, process the oats until it becomes oat flour.  Add cilantro and process until well combined.  Mix the oats and cilantro to the avocado and black bean bowl.
  4. Add the onions and jalapeno to the mixing bowl, then the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and garlic powder to the mixing bowl too.  Combine everything well using a spoon.  Divide the mixture into 4-6 even portions depending on how thick and large you like your veggie burger.  When I divide the mixture into 4 portions I can make the patties about 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
  5. To cook the patties you can either use the stovetop or the grill.  If using the stovetop, heat the same cast iron skillet that you used for the onions and jalapeno.  Bring to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Once hot, add the patties and allow them to sear for about 5 minutes per side until a crispy golden brown crust forms on the outside.  If using the grill, bring the grill to high heat and lightly brush the veggie burgers with olive oil.  Grill each side for 10 minutes with the grill closed.  Carefully and gently flip the burgers using a spatula.
  6. Once the veggie burgers are cooked you can enjoy on their own or put on a bun with your favorite burger toppings such as California avocado, lettuce, tomato and red onion.

  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop or Grill

This recipe is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.  All writing and opinions are my own.  

 

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2 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Can these be frozen?

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    • Elaine Gordon

      I have not tested it yet but I would think so. I would recommend wrapping them tightly individually and then placing them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. You can probably defrost in the refrigerator overnight. If you give it a try please let me know how it goes for you!

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