“Some Like It Hot” No Beef Spicy Burger

July 15, 2013

Mexican Burger

Happy 4th of July everyone.

If you are in the USA, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day of fireworks and cookouts with friends and family.

I have always loved July 4 because it represents new beginnings and a commitment to freedom.

No matter how many times I see the American flag, I still stop and pause, and think about what it represents. It is a very good day to remember, there is always hope. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone.

On to food and my spicy burger.

I really wanted to spice things up for the 4th, so I made this “some like it hot” no beef jalapeño spicy burger with a slice of vegan cheese.

What I love about this recipe is that it holds together on the grill, and has a good texture and flavor.

The best part is when your carnivore friends fall into post-animal protein stupor, you will want to run a marathon after devouring one of these scrumptious, high-protein, plant-strong burgers.

Hope you enjoy this no beef jalapeño spicy burger as much as we did.

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“Some Like It Hot” No Beef Spicy Burger

Hot Jalapeño No Beef Burger
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Serves: 4-5
  • 2½ Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • ¾ cup cooked white short grain rice
  • 1 cup of pecan nuts, finely processed
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped portabello mushroom
  • 1 cup cup oat flour, or other flour of your choice (oat will keep it gluten-free)
  • 2 slices wholewheat bread (or gluten-free), finely processed
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds, finely processed
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Tajin clasico seasoning or taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon habanero or other chile powder and some for dusting
  • 2 Tbsp smoky chipotle barbecue sauce (or your favorite)
  • 4 fresh jalapeno peppers, grilled, sliced
  • 4 slices vegan pepper jack cheese
  • a few twists of fresh ground pepper
  • Burger buns
Accompaniments could include hot sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, grilled poblano pepper, avocado, mustard and ketchup
  1. Make your flax egg mixture. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered flax seed & ½ cup warm water until well blended and thick. Place your flax egg mix in the fridge for at least 15 minutes but ideally closer to an hour.
  2. Meanwhile, boil your rice and lentils seperately making sure they don't get too mushy
  3. Process seperately (but using same processor) the pecan nuts, sunflower seeds and whole wheat bread - place in large bowl
  4. Finely chop your onion and mushroom and add to large bowl.
  5. Add all the remining ingredients except for flax-seed egg mixture and combine well
  6. Then add in the flax egg mix, and using your hands continue to mix until well combined
  7. Form into tight round patties and transfer onto a pre-greased baking tray, and place in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. This helps bind them.
  8. Dust the burger on both sides with habanero powder. Place on barbecue grill for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until they have a deep golden colour - add cheese on first turn cover grill to melt.
  9. Meanwhile grill your jalapeno peppers.
  10. Lightly toast the inside of the burger bun, place the patty on the bottom bun and layer with grilled sliced jalapenos. Top it off with some avocado and hot sauce.
  11. You can also bake the burgers in a 400 degree F oven for approximately 15 minutes on each side until golden.
  12. Freeze extra uncooked burgers for another day.



11 thoughts on ““Some Like It Hot” No Beef Spicy Burger

  1. I was very surprised by the texture. Not mushy like most veggie burgers. So yummy. Thanks for sharing

  2. Nancy- what is cooked lentils? Are they canned beans? or do you have to buy lentils and cook them?
    Thanks, Cissy

    1. Lentils are petite legume seeds (beans) that come whole or split in a variety of colors. I prefer fresh never canned. They are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, which makes them a healthy substitute for meat. They’re also packed with folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium and fiber. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook quickly without pre-soaking. Just make sure to rinse away any dirt before adding them to recipes. Lentils work well in soups, stews and salads. Boil for approximately 15-20 minutes. Don’t over boil because they will become too mushy. Hope you enjoy them!

  3. This is exactly how I’ve been making my burgers (the base ingredients). I like to add Green Hatch Chiles also and/or Serrano peppers. Sometimes Chipotle smoked powder or blended peppers with my taco and chili seasoning. Top it off with some Spicy Stubbs sauce and/or guacamole.

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