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10-Minute High-Protein Wholefood Burger

This is a delicious, easy-to-make burger that is based around whole foods, unlike a lot of vegan burgers on the market. It only takes 10 minutes to make and is a brilliant source of plant-based protein. We’ve made this loads of times at BBQ’s and summer parties and it’s always a crowd pleaser! We’ve opted for pre-cooked quinoa to make this recipe easy to whip up in just 10 minutes. But if you wanted to you could also cook the quinoa yourself before making the burgers.

Takes 10 minutes

Serves 3


  • 150 g cooked quinoa you can buy vacuum-packed cooked quinoa
  • 1 x 400g can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 150 g mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp gram flour chickpea flour or vegan protein powder

To Serve

  • 3 burger buns
  • Vegan mayo
  • 50 g Pesto or ketchup
  • 3 lettuce/kale leaves
  • 3 slices of tomato
  • 3 Gherkins


  • Prepare the mushrooms: Tear up the mushrooms. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wide-bottom pan over high heat.
  • Add the mushrooms and place a pot on top to compress them. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 1 tbsp tamari to the mushrooms and cook for an additional minute until all the tamari has been absorbed.
  • Make the burger mixture: In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, drained and rinsed kidney beans, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, chilli powder, gram flour (or vegan protein powder), and cooked mushrooms.Using a potato masher or your hands, mash the beans and mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Form the patties: Shape the mixture into 3 equal-sized patties.
  • Cook the patties: Using the same pan you cooked the mushrooms in, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat. Fry the patties for 2 minutes on each side until both sides are charred and golden.
  • Assemble the burgers: Slice the tomatoes and gherkins. Spread some vegan mayo on the bottom bun and pesto or ketchup on the top bun. Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom bun, followed by the burger patty. Add a spoon of pesto or ketchup over the burger patty and spread it out. Top with a slice of tomato and some gherkin slices, then finish with the top bun.
  • Enjoy your homemade high-protein wholefood burger!
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