The Meatiest Veggie Burgers


This is one veggie burger that’s packed with umami and doesn’t fall apart.

Mushroom-Black Bean Burgers

Antonis Achilleos

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

This veggie burger has not one, but three secret ingredients in the mix. Tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, and soy sauce come together to infuse this veggie burger with a blast of umami for maximum flavor. A quick sear in a hot skillet gives these burgers a crisped crust, yet the center remains melt-in-your-mouth tender. Veggie burgers can fall apart almost too easily, but not this one. The combo of eggs and panko binds the mixture wonderfully. For a quick meal when you need it, shape and stash these veggie burgers in the freezer.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 1 lb mushrooms (such as portobello, cremini, shiitake, or a mix), trimmed and sliced

  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup panko

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tsp sriracha

  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted

  • Butter lettuce, for serving

  • Sliced tomato, for serving

  • Pickles, for serving


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and liquid is released, about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, soy sauce, tomato paste, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until tomato paste darkens, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place beans in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher until mostly smooth. Add eggs, panko, cheese, mushrooms, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine.

  3. Wipe skillet clean and heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Shape bean mixture into 6 patties, about 3 1/2 inches wide. When oil is hot, place 3 patties in skillet; cook until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 3 patties.

  4. Combine mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl. Serve burgers on toasted buns with sriracha mayo and desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

444 Calories
22g Fat
47g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1081mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 683mg 15%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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