Vibrant tasty veg, gooey-melty cheese and crispy breadcrumbs.  A perfect Meatless Monday meal! These Cheesy Veggie burgers just work!
No processes, unpronounceable ingredients insight.  Just lots of bright veg smothered in oozy, cheesy crunchiness. The whole family will LOVE these.

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Who doesn’t love a good burger that you almost have to dislocate your jaw for – just to get your mouth around?

I had to persuade Chris that meatless Mondays are ‘a real thing’ when I told him we were having these instead of meat for tea. 

Always one to give me a thoroughly miserable look when I cook him a meat-free meal, he begrudgingly praised them as he tucked into veggie burger number two.  Moohaha! That’s one for the veggie-win pile.

I started thinking about these when I was writing my creamy cauliflower soup post a while ago.  I made that recipe based on a soup I used to love from a little sandwich shop about 20 years ago.  At the same time, I was working in a burger place that sold the best veggie burger I’d ever tasted.  They were deep-fried from frozen and sold to us in massive boxes.  Straight from the box, they looked like frosty little beige hockey pucks, made completely without love, and probably filled with all sorts of unpronounceable ingredients.  But damn they were good.

Now these ones right here…

Cheesy Veggie Burger with bite taken out

These are better. Not an unpronounceable ingredient insight.  Just lots of bright veg, smothered in oozy, cheesy crunchiness.

And even better, they’re baked, not fried (although you can fry them if you like).

🔪 How to make them

They’re pretty simple, although a little messy to make.

We start by boiling up small chunks of potato and carrots, then after 10 minutes adding chopped green beans and broccoli and cooking for just a couple more minutes.  These are the perfect timings to ensure:

  1. Your carrots are cooked so they’re tender and not mush
  2. You potatoes are cooked so that they’ll break down and help to bind the veggies along with the cheese and cream
  3. The broccoli and green beans still have a bit of crunch and that bright healthy green colour.
Cheesy veggie burger prep steps boiling and mashing veg

Once cooked, mash lightly with a fork, until the potatoes break down. The potatoes should smush up easily, leaving the rest of the veggies whole.

Adding cheese seasoning and cream to veggie burger filling

Next the veg is mixed with cheese, cream and salt & pepper. 

👩‍🍳PRO TIP: Let the mixture firm up the refrigerator. This helps them to stay firm whilst you’re coating them, then the breadcrumbs and egg coating will also help everything stay together.  

Forming and coating cheesy veggies burgers

The mix can then be formed into sticky little patties, which are then coated with flour, egg and oil-infused breadcrumbs before placing in a hot oven to cook to golden perfection.

Placing on a toasted brioche bun with some salad, red onion and ‘burger sauce’ (aka ketchup and mayo mixed together) is not mandatory, but wholeheartedly recommended for the amusing jaw dislocation exercise.

Cheesy Veggie Burger with lettuce and sauce on a blue background

🙋 FAQ’s

How do you make veggie burgers stick together?

These veggie burgers use the potato as the binding agent.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP: Letting the mixture firm up the refrigerator helps them to stay firm whilst you’re coating them, then the breadcrumbs and egg coating will also help everything stay together.

How do you spice up a veggie burger?

Add a 1 tsp of chilli flakes into the burger mixture, and/or mix sriracha or chilli sauce with mayo (instead of ketchup) for the toppings.

You could also top with some sliced jalapenos.

What’s in a veggie burger?

Many veggie burgers are made with;
I. meat substitutes  – such as tofu or Quorn.
II. Meat swaps – that aren’t trying to provide a meat texture – such as using fried halloumi or portabello mushrooms instead of a patty
III. Grains/beans as the base – like my equally yummy veggie chickpea burger
IV. A mixture of veggies and cheese – like the burger recipe in this post


🍽️ What is a good side dish for veggie burgers?

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Cheesy Veggie Burger Recipe

My crispy-coated cheese-filled veggie burgers are so tasty! Even meat-eaters will love them! A great way to get the kids to eat more veg.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Burgers
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, British

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped into small (1cm) chunks
  • 2 small potatoes (weighing about 250g/8oz altogether before peeling), peeled and chopped into small (1cm) chunks
  • 75 g (2.5 oz) green beans fresh or frozen – I used fresh, cut into small (1cm) pieces
  • 115 g (2/3 cup) broccoli florets only, cut into small pieces
  • 150 g (1 1/2 cups) grated mature cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp double (heavy) cream
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 75 g (1 1/2 cups) panko or homemade breadcrumbs
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

To serve:

  • 6 brioche buns sliced and toasted
  • 12 large lettuce leaves
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • ½ red onion peeled and sliced
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
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Instructions 

  • Place the carrots and potatoes into a medium sized saucepan and cover with water so the water is a couple of inches above the veg. Place on the hob and bring to the boil. Boil gently for 10 minutes.
    2 medium carrots, 2 small potatoes
  • Add in the green beans and broccoli, bring back to the boil and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes.
    75 g (2.5 oz) green beans, 115 g (2/3 cup) broccoli
  • Drain out the water using a colander (make sure they're fully dry), then transfer to a bowl.
  • Gently crush any potatoes you see using a fork. Don't worry if you don't get all of them. 
  • Add the cheese, cream, salt, and pepper to the veg mixture and stir until combined.
    150 g (1 1/2 cups) grated mature cheddar cheese, 3 tbsp double (heavy) cream, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour (or up to a day) to firm up the mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C/425F (fan).
  • Place the flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs into 3 separate shallow bowls. Add the paprika and olive oil to the breadcrumbs and stir together until the breadcrumbs are coated in the oil.
    60 g (1/2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, 2 eggs, 75 g (1 1/2 cups) panko or homemade breadcrumbs, 3/4 tsp paprika, 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge. Take a good scoop of the veggie mixture (about the size of a large plum) and form into a patty.
  • Dip the veggie patty in turn into the flour, egg and finally the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess as you go. Place on a shallow baking tray. Repeat until you’ve used up all of the mixture – it should make 6 patties.
  • Place in the oven to cook for 20 minutes – until the breadcrumbs are golden and the cheese is just starting to ooze a tiny bit from the burgers.
  • Remove from the oven and serve on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Mix together the ketchup and mayo and drizzle on top before placing the tops of the burger buns on the burgers.
    6 brioche buns, 12 large lettuce leaves, 2 tomatoes, 1/2 red onion, 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 4 tbsp tomato ketchup

Video

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Notes

Can I make them ahead?

You can make the veggie burgers in advance. Simply make them up – including dipping in the breadcrumbs. Then cover and refrigerate for up to a day before cooking.
I wouldn’t advise freezing the burgers, as potatoes can go watery and a little grainy when defrosting.

Can I make them gluten-free?

Yes, please the panko with gluten-free panko, or homemade breadcrumbs from a gluten-free loaf.
Replace the flour with gluten-free plain/all-purpose flour blend

Can I fry them instead of baking them?

Yes, heat 1cm of vegetable oil over a medium-high heat in a large frying pan/skillet until hot. 
Add the veggie burgers and fry for 4-5 minute on each side until golden brown.
They’re a little more delicate when frying – so turn them over carefully to ensure they don’t fall apart.

Troubleshooting Tips

If your burger looks like it’s falling apart in the oven. This can happen for three reasons:
  • If you leave too much moisture in the vegetables when draining
  • If you don’t refrigerate the veg potato mixture for long enough for the mixture to firm up
  • If you don’t squash the patties into a firm burger shape when shaping them
I’ve had this happen occasionally (sometimes to one burger out of the batch). If it looks like the burger is falling apart a little, open the oven, carefully push it back together using two spatulas or forks and continue to cook the burger.
Squish it together once more when cooked, then place on the burger bun. It may be a little fall-y – apart-y but it will taste great.
Nutritional Information is per burger for the veggie burgers only (not the buns, toppings and sauce)

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4155IU | Vitamin C: 19.7mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 4.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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I first posted this recipe in November 2014. Updated in May 2019 with new photos, step by step photos, video and tips. Updated in October 2020 with new tips and for housekeeping reasons. Want to see how bad the photos were back in 2014?? Here you go:

My old photo of Cheesy Veggie burger on a black reflective surface.

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  1. Janice says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. I made it for my grandchildren and they really enjoyed the,

  2. Gemma says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! Made them today and they are delicious. Kids and grownups loved them. Will be making again, thank you 😁

    1. Jose says:

      Eggs? Heavy cream, Cheddar Cheese? And these arent really vegan, it contain animalsproduct.and look the nutririon info!

      1. Nicky Corbishley says:

        Hi Jose, it’s a vegetarian recipe, it isn’t a vegan recipe. I don’t believe I’d said anything about it being vegan…

  3. Sally says:

    These look amazing. I love a good veggie burger – it’s nice to mix things up a bit.

  4. dan simmons says:

    Thank you for this amazing recipe, its very useful for kids cooking classes

  5. Chris says:

    5 stars
    These genuinely are SUPER tasty. So if you are a meat addicted carnivore like me then i urge you to give them a try. that is me eating it at the end of the video 😀

  6. SC says:

    5 stars
    Another great recipe added to our meat free Monday rotation.

  7. Evi @ greenevi says:

    This looks so cheesy and yummy! I love veggie burgers and make them often but I have never thought of using potato in them. So thanks for this amazing idea 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Evi. It works great to bind them, and I love cheesy potatoes 🙂

  8. Jaklien van Melick says:

    Who needs meat when you can have a burger like this?

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Yay! Just need to persuade my husband to reduce that meat intake!!

  9. Marissa (@pinchandswirl) says:

    Your daughter is darling! And I love that she’s starting her own blog at 8. These food blogs are like the recipe boxes of our grandmothers, don’t you think? Great to start young.

    I haven’t had a lot of luck convincing my husband of Meatless Monday – but he did say ‘mmmm’ looking over my shoulder at these cheesy veggie burgers, so, you never know…

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ha ha hope your husband tries the veggie burgers 🙂
      Yeah, I’m really proud that she’s started cooking and writing at such a young age. She’ll be overtaking me in no time. She certainly knows her own mind.
      You’re absolutely right about the blog being like our grandmother’s recipe boxes. Just a little less butter smeared!

  10. Sara @ Don't Feed After Midnight says:

    Oooooh – loving the sound of these!!! Pinned 😀

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for pinning Sara 🙂