Tasty and Healthy Veggie Burger Recipe

I have a confession to make – I am not a vegetarian. However, the Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger Recipe has left me completely lost for words. It is quite simply the best veggie burger I have ever tasted. Trust me; even meat lovers will find this recipe utterly irresistible.

This copycat recipe is based on the popular veggie burger from Hillstone restaurant, Houston TX. As soon as I discovered it, I knew it had to be shared with the world. So here it is; complete with all the painstakingly sourced ingredients and steps you will need to create your very own mouth-watering veggie burger.

The recipe even includes beets (yes, beets!) which are said to give the burger its rich, meaty flavor and fantastic texture. Who knew that a vegetable could translate into such a hearty and delicious meal?

Whether you are a seasoned vegetarian or someone who is only just starting out on their journey towards a plant-based diet, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorites. So why not try something new and make yourself the ultimate vegetarian burger?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Houston's We Have a Veggie Burger
Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger

Are you tired of the same old bland and flavorless veggie burgers? Look no further! This Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger recipe will change your perception of what a veggie burger can be.

Not only is it easy to make with simple ingredients, but it also packs a punch in terms of taste. With its secret combination of spices and sauces such as hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, and paprika, these veggie burgers taste like meat!

Plus, the addition of beets, black beans, prunes, brown rice, and yellow onion provides a burst of flavors and textures that will keep you coming back for more. You won’t believe how well these ingredients complement each other until you’ve tried it for yourself.

And did I mention the versatility of this recipe? Customize it to cater to your personal preferences by adding or omitting certain ingredients. You can even adjust the spice level to suit your tastebuds.

But what truly makes this recipe stand out is its ability to stick together without falling apart. No more crumbled up pieces of veggie patty on your plate – this burger holds its shape perfectly.

Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a delicious burger option or a meat lover searching for an alternative, this Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger recipe is sure to impress anyone. So go ahead, give it a try and taste the magic for yourself!

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients you need for the Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger Recipe:

For the Veggie Patty:

For Holding It All Together:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice and/or cooked oat bran
  • 3 tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce
  • Optional: additional spices like paprika, garlic powder, or cumin

For the Toppings:

  • Buns of your choice
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced red onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe instructions before making your grocery list to ensure you have all the necessary ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

Now let’s get to the fun part: making the Houston’s We Have A Veggie Burger Recipe. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a burger that will have even meat lovers drooling.


These are the ingredients you’ll need for this tasty recipe:

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup beets, finely grated
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup prunes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oat bran

Step One: Cooking The Onion

Start by sautéing your chopped onion on medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil until they’re caramelized. You want them to be soft and sweet.

Step Two: Cooking The Rice and Beets

In a separate pot or in a rice cooker, cook up the brown rice following package directions. Meanwhile, grate your beets and add them to the onions after they are caramelized.

Step Three: Prepping The Beans and Prunes

For this recipe, you’ll need cooked black beans. You can either cook them from scratch or use canned black beans. Rinse them thoroughly if using canned beans. Chop up the prunes into small pieces.

Step Four: Mixing All The Ingredients

Once your rice is cooked, combine it with the onions and beets mixture in a bowl. Add black beans along with hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, paprika, and oat bran. Stir everything together as much as you can.

Pro tip: Don’t worry about completely mixing everything together manually; it works better using hands.

Step Five: Forming Patties

Using approximately half-cup portions of mixture (it should make around six burgers), mold your mix into burger-sized patties with your hands. Be sure each patty is sticking together well.

Pro tip: With moistened hands and spoon, place portions of burger mixture onto wax paper or parchment paper-lined baking sheet; it’ll help work naturally when pattying.

Step Six: Cooking Patties on Griddle

Generously oil a flat surface like a griddle or frying pan with cooking spray or additional olive oil before placing patties on to cook for three minutes on each side. Flip carefully so they don’t break apart!

Pro tip: When patties are seared well on both sides, slide them into an oven preheated at 350°F (180°C) for ten minutes more for perfection!

And that’s it! Your Houston’s We Have A Veggie Burger Recipe is complete – serve on brioche buns and accompany with Hoisin-Yogurt Sauce served

Substitutions and Variations

Making a veggie burger can be a personal preference, and there are countless ways to make it perfect for you. If you want to experiment with different substitutes and variations, try these options.

First, if you don’t have brown rice on hand, try quinoa or wild rice instead. They both work well and add their texture to a veggie burger.

Another ingredient that can be swapped is the hoisin sauce. If you don’t have it, use barbecue sauce or teriyaki sauce for a delicious twist on the flavors.

If you’re not a fan of beets, don’t worry. You can replace them with roasted sweet potato or even grilled portobello mushrooms for a meaty flavor.

For those looking for a gluten-free option, omit the bread crumbs and instead use rolled oats or oat bran to bind the burgers together. It adds extra protein and fiber while keeping them firm.

If you want to get more creative in your veggie burger recipe, add chopped nuts like cashews or walnuts for some crunch or incorporate ingredients like chickpeas or lentils for added protein.

Finally, to add some heat to your burgers, consider adding chili flakes or chipotle seasoning for an extra kick of flavor.

These substitutions and variations will help make your own unique version of Houston’s Veggie Burger Recipe that tastes like meat but made entirely of plant-based ingredients.

Serving and Pairing

No burger is complete without the perfect pairing, and this Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger Recipe is no exception. The flavorful patty complements a variety of beverage options, but why settle for ordinary choices when you can indulge in something unique?

I recommend sipping on a cold, refreshing beer with this burger, especially if the weather is warm. The hopiness of an IPA pairs particularly well with the smoky flavors of the hickory-infused barbecue sauce and the paprika-laced patty. Of course, if beer isn’t your thing, don’t worry – there are plenty of other options to consider.

If you prefer something non-alcoholic, look no further than iced tea. Sweetened or unsweetened, black or green – the choice is yours. The lightness of iced tea counterbalances the rich, savory flavors of the veggie burger without overpowering them.

Alternatively, try a glass of red wine for a sophisticated touch. A bold Cabernet Sauvignon will stand up to the assertive spices in the burger and complement the earthiness of the beets and brown rice.

As for sides, keep it simple and classic with fries or onion rings. Want to mix it up? Opt for a hearty salad that includes mixed greens, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese tossed with a tangy vinaigrette dressing.

This recipe is versatile enough to complement most sides and beverages, so have fun experimenting until you find your perfect match!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Alright folks, now that we’ve learned how to make the famous Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger recipe, it’s time to talk about the practicalities of meal prep. The best thing about this recipe is that it is an absolute breeze when it comes to making ahead and reheating.

To begin with, you can easily make the vegan patties ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This means that you can have your veggie burger fix whenever you want without spending too much time in the kitchen.

When it comes to storing, I would advise you to store the veggie patties and buns separately. This will help prevent any sogginess or mushiness that can occur when buns are left touching moist ingredients for too long. You can also freeze the patties for up to a month if you wish! Make sure they are wrapped well in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store them in a sealed freezer bag.

To reheat your veggie burger patties, simply place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375°F for around 8-10 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave by wrapping each patty loosely in damp paper towels and microwaving on high for around 20-30 seconds per patty.

And there you have it, folks – a delicious vegan burger that is fuss-free, easy to make ahead, store and reheat which saves you time and effort while still allowing you to enjoy delicious food. Keep experimenting with different serving methods and see what works best for your taste buds!

Tips for Perfect Results

As a long-time vegetarian, I’ve tried plenty of veggie burgers in my day. And let me tell you, not all veggie burgers are created equal. But with this Houston’s copycat recipe, you’ve got the potential to create a burger that will knock the socks off even the most skeptical meat-eaters. Here are my top tips for achieving perfect results every time.

First and foremost, it’s important to chop your ingredients finely so that the burgers stick together. Be sure to mince your onions and garlic, as well as your beets and prunes if you’re using them. If you don’t have a food processor, I recommend finely mincing everything by hand.

Another key to getting your burgers to stick together is making sure your oats and rice are fully cooked before mixing everything together. If they’re undercooked, they won’t have the necessary starches to hold everything together.

When it comes to seasoning, don’t be afraid to get creative with spices! The Houston Veggie Burger is known for its bold flavors, so feel free to experiment with different spice combinations until you find something that suits your taste buds.

And speaking of bold flavors, make sure you’re using quality ingredients across the board. Don’t skimp on the hoisin sauce or barbecue sauce – these ingredients add richness and depth to the burger that might be missing otherwise.

Finally, take care when forming your patties. You want them to be compact enough that they’ll stay together on the grill (or in the pan), but not so tight that they become dense and tough. If you’re struggling to get the right texture, try adding a bit more oats or breadcrumbs until you hit the sweet spot.

With these tips in mind, there’s no reason why your homemade Houston Veggie Burgers can’t rival those of your favorite restaurants. Dig in and enjoy!


As a helpful assistant, I understand that sometimes questions arise when trying out new recipes. To ensure you get the perfect results for your Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger recipe, I have compiled some commonly asked questions and their answers to support you in your cooking journey. Read on for the tips, tricks, and solutions to any issues you may encounter while making this delicious dish.

What is Houston’s veggie burger made of?

Get ready for a mouth-watering vegetarian burger that will leave even carnivores satisfied! Packed with a blend of nutritious ingredients such as beans, oats, brown rice, beets and a range of flavorful spices, this veggie burger is sure to be a favorite among any crowd. Created on August 26, 2019.

What is a veggie burger patty made of?

When it comes to burgers, there’s an alternative option for non-meat eaters that’s gaining popularity – the veggie burger. Essentially, a veggie burger is a patty that doesn’t contain any meat. It can be created using various ingredients such as soybeans, tofu, nuts, grains, seeds, mushrooms or mycoprotein.

What makes a veggie burger stick together?

If you want to make veggie burgers without eggs, you can add flour or oats to help the patties stick together. It’s important to mash everything together thoroughly in order to achieve the best results. The more finely the mixture is pulverized, the better the burgers will hold their shape.

How do they make veggie burgers taste like meat?

Heme is a crucial component of hemoglobin protein present in all living organisms and has been an integral part of human diets since ancient times. Incorporating heme into Impossible Burgers not only gives them the taste of meat but also helps in retaining their juiciness, moisture, and slightly pink center. This ingredient plays a vital role in making the burger as delicious as it is.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the necessary details about this Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger recipe, it’s time to give it a try. Trust me, this burger is a game-changer and will surely become one of your favorites quite soon.

Amaze your friends and family with its delicious flavor and impress them with how it tastes just like real meat. Not to mention, this veggie burger contains healthier and more sustainable ingredients compared to traditional beef burgers.

So, why not give it a shot? With all these ingredients mentioned above, you won’t have any trouble making it. Furthermore, its versatile nature makes substitutions and variations possible depending on your tastes.

So go ahead and try out this recipe – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Houston's We Have a Veggie Burger

Houston’s We Have a Veggie Burger Recipe

If you're a vegetarian, this is hands-down the best burger you'll have. Even meat eaters order this one at Houston's. The best thing about this burger is that it doesn't taste like a burger (I hate anything pretending to be meat), and it also doesn't taste like oats or bread between a bun. (Like so many other veggie burgers). This is not an exact recipe, but it's a version of what our chef friend from Houston's gave us. We have tweaked it to the recipe listed here using all of the Houston's ingredients. Careful with the Jalapeños or it can get way too spicy. Caution with the prunes too, or it can end up tasting like jam which is just gross. As for the glaze, we tend to wing it every time so if anyone has the units for this, let us know. The cooking time and temp is also something we just watch for each batch. So basically, these are delicious but still in progress. There is no egg in their recipe!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Beans, Black Beans, For Large Groups, Inexpensive
Prep Time: 1 hour
Servings: 15 patties
Calories: 186.2kcal


  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 7 1/2 ounces minced prunes
  • 3 1/2 cups garcia black beans
  • 3/4 cup black bean juice
  • 4 ounces minced beets
  • 1 dash minced jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon molasses


  • Makes 15 patties for freezing.
  • Mix everything with brown rice, then layer patties between parchment paper squares before marinating and grilling.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of minced jalapenos was enough for us, and we like spicy!
  • Bake at 375 and watch for time. We pull them out when they look right.
  • Glaze:.
  • Soy.
  • Honey.
  • Hoisin.
  • Molasses.
  • Dip let sit in marinade before grilling/baking.

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Serving: 112g | Calories: 186.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.7g | Protein: 8.2g | Fat: 1.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1086.8mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 7.7g

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