Easy Vegetarian Spicy Indian Bean Burgers


Are you looking for a delicious Indian Vegetarian Burger recipe for those meat free days? Try this spicy bean burger recipe and even your meat lover fans will ask for more. While I am a hard core meat lover, I cannot have red meat everyday or my cholesterol level will be through the roof and my bank account in the red. So I am trying to come up with interesting summer meat-free recipes. It is hard when you use the BBQ 5 days a week!

When I stumbled on this Indian Vegetarian Burger recipe in Anjali Pathak amazing Cookbook (Secrets From My Indian Family Kitchen), I was curious to try it. The main ingredient was a can of mixed beans. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical. But as my mom says: don’t judge until you taste the final outcome. And she is right (as always). The recipe came out so good. I had 3 patties on the row and my husband too. Let’s see how you can make this easy spicy Indian vegetarian burger recipe.

Super Delicious Indian Vegetarian Burger recipe



  • 2 TBSP of vegetable oil
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 14 oz can mixed beans, drained and roughly mashed
  • The original recipe called for Paprika, chili and cumin. Those are the main ingredients of Patak’s Canada Madras Curry Paste. I used 2 tsp of the paste.
  • 2 tbsp Chopped coriander
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper for taste.
  • Burger bans
  • Optional: Spinach leaves

Make it

  • Heat  oil in a frying pan. Add onions and let them cook until tender
  • Add Madras paste and stir. Add 1 TBSP of water to avoid burning
  • When water has evaporated, pour the mixture into the mashed beans bowl and mix well. Add coriander, chives, salt and pepper.
  • Form the the bean mixture into burger shapes. It yielded 6 medium vegetarian burger patties.
  • Lay on a platter and cover and let it firm 30 minutes in the fridge
  • When ready, gently heat oil and cook the vegetarian burger patties in the pan for few minutes.
  • I served it on a burger bun with a spinach leave.


  • I also served it as is and enjoyed it without the bun.


Doesn’t it look delicious? This Indian vegetarian burger is so good and I am sure it will become a staple in my home. Although the title suggests a spicy burger, it is not that hot or spicy (or maybe I am biased because I eat lot of spicy food). I find this vegetarian burger very tasty and flavorful.

Next time, I will double the batch and freeze the burger patties in individual portions. They will be ready to use for those meat free days or for any vegetarian guest I may have.


Pataks gives me a chance to really experiment with vegetarian recipes. As you may know, many Indian foods are vegetarian. Last month, I tried this delicious Gluten Free Spicy Chickpeas Salad Recipe that came out amazing. I’m also looking forward to the return of pumpkin season because I really miss the taste of the Curried Roasted Pumpkin I made for Diwali! Even something as simple as a carrot paste taste better when you spice it up with Pataks!


I am part of the Patak’s Canada ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

40 thoughts on “Easy Vegetarian Spicy Indian Bean Burgers”

  1. Ann Bacciaglia

    I am always so excited to learn new vegetarian recipes. These look delicious. i will have to try making them this weekend.

  2. I like that they have a little spicy kick. I have a friend who swears by the veggie burgers, I know she’d love this here!

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