Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

These tasty Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers are quick, easy, and a total crowd pleaser! Each veggie burger is vegan, gluten-free, freezer-friendly and 100% delicious!

Healthy Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers :: grab life by the buns!

If you’ve been reading this vegetable lovin’ little food blog of mine for a while, you’re probably no stranger to my veggie burger obsession. I make my favorites on repeat and keep a few tucked in the freezer at all times. In fact, each time I create a new one for Peas and Crayons I double the batch to feed both the freezer and my family.

In case of emergency, break glass and defrost veggie burger!

minus the glass

The first few vegtastic burgers get the classic burger treatment with a toasted bun and mountain of toppings while the leftovers are baked to crispy perfection and crumbled over salads, sweet potatoes, or turned into the tastiest of lettuce wraps. Reinventing leftovers has never been so fun! It’s like a completely different meal each time, and so delicious we never tire of these veg-tastic patties.

My most recent creation is a pumpkin and white bean fusion laced with bold, smoky chipotle peppers and a blend of spices. It’s not quite spicy (though you can amp up the heat and make it spicy!) but is certainly intense! These tasty veggie burgers have a duo of chipotle flavor in both the burger and the sauce and are topped with a delicate mountain of greens and a buttery avocado smash.

It’s SO legit.

Too legit, even.

Too legit to qu– I’ll go sit in the corner now.

Healthy Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers :: grab life by the buns!

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Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

Easy peasy veggie burgers bursting with Fall flavor!

Make them, asap!

Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

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Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

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Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 TBSP chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed/minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt-free Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1-2 cups salad greens and/or micro greens
  • 4 toasted buns [optional]
  • AVOCADO SMASH:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • a pinch of salt
  • CHIPOTLE AIOLI:
  • ⅓ cup quality mayo [store bought or homemade]
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chipotle adobo sauce
  • ¼ tsp cajun seasoning blend, or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • a pinch of salt
  • To make the sauce: simply combine ingredients and whisk! If you have a food processor handy, add some of the actual chipotle peppers into the sauce too and blend away!

Instructions

  1. To make your flax egg, whisk together 1 TBSP ground flax with 3 TBSP water and pop it in the fridge to set.
  2. Next coarsely mash your beans in a large bowl and set aside. For added texture, you can leave some of the beans in tact.
  3. Add your pumpkin and chopped chipotle peppers to the beans and season with your Italian seasoning blend, salt, garlic powder, paprika and red pepper flakes, then stir to coat.
  4. Next grab your oats, you can leave them whole for texture's sake, chop them, or pulse them in a blender/processor. I usually go with the latter when photographing my burgers since they make a prettier patty - but all three options are delicious so go with whichever method you prefer!
  5. Add a tablespoon of oil and stir in your oats.
  6. Remove your flax egg from the fridge and add it to the bowl.
  7. Stir to fully incorporate and roll mixture into four balls.
  8. For optimal burger shape, cup each ball in your hands and squeeze tightly, rotating as you gently, but firmly, press it into a disc.
  9. Place burgers onto a plate, cover with foil or cling wrap and refrigerate as you prep your buns [or lettuce wraps!] and toppings. This will give them a little while to set. You can even leave them overnight and cook them up the following day. I often make one after 15-30 minutes of chill time and cook up the rest the following day.
  10. READY TO EAT?
  11. Pour a tablespoon or two of oil in a skillet and heat to medium-high, so the burgers sizzle when you add them to the pan!
  12. Cook for a few minutes on each side until you're left with a golden crust. and a warm center. Repeat for each burger, or cook two at once if you have a big enough pan! I'd skip crowding all four together just because they're a pain to flip when all up in eachother's business. A tip for perfectly shaped veggie burgers? While sizzling away in the skillet, I use my spatula to gently nudge the sides of each patty and help form the sides into a perfect disc. Works like a charm!
  13. Slather your buns with chipotle sauce, pile them high with greens and top each with a tasty pumpkin burger. Top with avocado smash and the upper bun and enjoy!

Notes

The burger itself is naturally vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, so choose your favorite toppings and have fun with it!

 special diets and swaps

VEGAN: simply use your favorite vegan mayo [or alternative] for the sauce and this burger is gloriously vegan!

GLUTEN-FREE: The only swap you’ll need is a gluten-free bun. Another glorious use for these burgers is a veggie burger salad! Pan fry the patties for a few minutes then bake until extra crispy. Crumble over a leafy green salad flecked with your favorite veggies and top with avocado smash and your favorite dressing.

T-REX: I have to admit, crispy bacon would absolutely rock on top of this veggie burger. Total blasphemy, I know! It’s just so good on everything! Feel free to use a regular egg in place of a flax egg if preferred.

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feeding a crowd?

It’s oh so easy to double these chipotle pumpkin veggie burgers to feed a crew of 8! You can even double the batch to scarf half and then freeze the remainder for later. The recipe is beyond freezer friendly and a total lifesaver on a busy weeknight!

Simply cook the burgers per instructions above, allow to cool a bit, and then freeze spaced out on a plate or cookie sheet. Once they’ve had a chance to partially freeze you can wrap them individually and pile them in baggies or your favorite airtight container for fast food without the freaky ingredients.

To re-heat, simply pop on a baking sheet in the oven for about 18-20 minutes at 400 F.

Presto! Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers with avocado mass and lots of sass!

Wow that was cheesy. Just make ’em, will ya?

If you get a chance to try these chipotle pumpkin veggie burgers, let me know!

You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS #PEASANDCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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Comments

Kathy Yates

Thanks Jen! Can’t wait to try!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

Are you serious with this?! This looks insane. And by insane I mean good. Really good!

Naomi

Can I skip the oil? Replace it with something else? It looks like a wonderful recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

    Jenn

    Hey Naomi! Thanks!!! I think it might be okay, Im just not 100% sure since I always add a teeny bit to my veggie burgers. If you’re going to be pan frying them in a little bit of oil [it doesn’t take much at all] then you should be totally fine in that department. I’m actually curious to hear if they still hold together the same and keep their consistency without the oil so totally let me know if you try it! Hope you looooove the burgers! We’re nuts about them! 🙂

      Naomi

      Thanks for the info. I’m making them tomorrow night. Stay tuned!

        Jenn

        So excited!!!! Thanks Naomi!

Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction

This burger looks absolutely delicious! I’d love one right now!

    Jenn

    Thanks Marsha! Come over and I’ll make ya one!

Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat

Yes! Yes! Yes! Totally legit! 🙂 Love it!

Cecilie

Seriously these pictures… How do you do it??

    Jenn

    I try really really hard not to jump onto the table and faceplant onto the food while I’m taking photos 😉 lol thanks Cecilie! I’m so in love with these pictures, I wish I had some Spring or Summer sun right about now so all my photos looked like these! <3

Krystal

Hey Jenn, I found your recipe on Pinterest and just had to try it straight away. Made them today for lunch and they were delicious!!! I baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes, turned out perfect. Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    Jenn

    I’m so over the moon that you loved them! And that they worked entirely in the oven? Awesome news and so good to know! Thanks Krystal! <3

Kerry

Just a heads up: the green onions and minced garlic are missing from the directions. I made these tonight and ended up missing them when I was stirring everything together. The burgers still tasted good though. I stirred some of the green onions into the aioli and sprinkled a bit of onion powder on top of the patties before popping them into the pan.

    Jenn

    Thank you so so much for catching that Kerry! I’ve had a few friends make them and it managed to escape all of us in the shuffle, much appreciated and so sorry for the goof! I love your addition of onion powder, I’m a bit of a flavor fiend! 🙂

Shoshanna

Perfect burgers, tasted delish and held up really well. Seasoned with cumin instead of Italian seasoning and added a couple extra garlic cloves in place of garlic powder. The whole family loved them.

    Jenn

    Thanks Shoshanna! I’m so happy you loved them! 🙂 (great name BTW Shoshanna my daughter’s middle name and I adore it!)

Amanda

Will these stay together well enough to grill them? I totally can’t wait to try them!

    Jenn

    Hey Amanda! I’m super excited you’ll be trying them! We LOVE these burgers! Alas I haven’t tried them yet on the grill. I’ve had a few readers tell me that my burgers work on the grill (they’re all similar texture-wise) but I’m so hopelessly addicted to that pan-sear that I always grab my skillet to make them! Let me know if you try it out! If anything, using one of those grill grates they make for fish and veggies might guarantee they don’t fall through the grill grates if you want to be extra-cautious. Keep me posted! ❤️

RudySue

I just made these for the first time. I went with the veggie version and didn’t have a bun. Holy wow. They are so, so good. I will definitely be making these again.

    Jenn

    So thrilled you enjoyed them Rudy Sue!! 🙂

Holly N @ Spend With Pennies

You make the BEST veggie burgers! This looks so yummmmmy.

    Jenn

    You’re the sweetest! Thanks, Holly! 🙂

Morgan

These look great! I love any excuse to use pumpkin 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

KNgo

I didn’t make exactly according to the recipe, but they turned out awesomely. I only had canned refried beans, so I used that instead of cannellini beans. Also used one egg instead of flax seed. Doubled the garlic, tripled the Chipotle chili pepper, added cilantro instead of Italian seasoning. The mix was pretty sticky so I left it in a ball shape until it got cold in fridge. Then I smashed it once I put into the pan. They held up well! I accidentally burned a few (still taste fine); make sure you pay attention to oil content in the skillet!

I got 5 patties and they are HUGE. Could probably make 6-7 smaller ones. I ate it as a patty with a fork, with slices of tomato on top and a dollop of sour cream. Great way to use up pumpkin after Thanksgiving recipes are made!

    Jenn

    I’m so thrilled the recipe was versatile for you and I love love love the idea of using refried beans in a veggie burger – so awesome! Thanks for the tasty recap + I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo

Ruth@ Pumpkin Harvest Time

My husband and I grew a lot of pumpkins this year so we have been looking for new recipes to use them in. These look amazing, going to have to make them this week.

    Jenn

    I hope you enjoy them Ruth! Congrats on having a bounty of pumpkins this year, so awesome!

Morgan Cooper

I just stumbled on this blog, and I’m so happy I made these. They’re moist and firm but just slightly creamy, but they sear beautifully. The texture is seriously restaurant quality. The chipotle in adobo provides so much more flavor than you’ll find in a store bought veggie burger. I made a few right away, and then saved the rest of the patties in the fridge. The flavors developed even more over night! These are so easy, flavorful, and kind to the wallet. Great recipe, Jenn!!

    Jenn

    Morgan you are the sweetest, thank you! I’m so thrilled you found my blog and loved the burgers! They freeze great too if you’re ever in the need of some fast-foodie veggie burgers 🙂

Crysti

We are new vegetarians and we absolutely loved this! So much flavor and actually so easy to make! I admit that I did sub egg white for the flax mainly because I’m lazy. :/ I am so thankful I made a double batch to freeze because we will be eating these all week!

    Jenn

    So super happy to hear it Crysti! Egg white sounds like a perfect swap (I interchange eggs and flax eggs all the time too, it’s great both ways!) and kudos on the double batch — you’ve got some killer “fast food” awaiting you on busy days – woot! Thanks so much for your sweet review, it totally brought a smile to my face! 🙂 xoxo

ceckdc

Made these tonight, and wife and I LOVED them! These will definitely go into my rotation.

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