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Delicious Spicy Veggie Burgers with a side of pineapple, cucumber salsa and sweet potato fries

Probably the best thing I’ve found since becoming vegan is the extensive variety in burgers. I’ve made so many different types of burgers these past 6 months I rarely make the same recipe twice (unless of course it is mind blowingly fabulous – which this one is!).

You can play around with the seasoning, making them as spicy as you like, maybe adding a dash of Tabasco, like we did, it’s completely up to your own taste buds… I’m contemplating adding some hot curry powder next time… just because!


Spicy Veggie Burgers with pineapple, cucumber salsa and spicy sweet-potato fries


For the Spicy Veggie Burgers
makes 6 burger patties

14-16oz. can white beans

3/4 cup brown rice, cooked

2 Tbsp tahini

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp Chilli powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1tsp black pepper

1 cup sweet potato, diced (about 1 small sweet potato or 1/2 a large potato)

1/4 cup white onion, chopped

Couple of drops of Tabasco sauce

You will also need: burger buns or whole-wheat pitta, fresh pineapple rings, lettuce, tomato, onion


Cucumber Pineapple Salsa

1tbsp Tahini

1 ½ cups Cucumber diced

1 cup fresh pineapple diced

2tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Pinch of black pepper to taste

½ cup fresh coriander


Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

1 medium sweet potato, sliced into skinny fries

1.5 tsps Chilli Powder and Black pepper



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. For the burger recipe you need to firstly bake the sweet potatoes until they are tender (fork goes through easily) or if you’re short on time, boil the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes until tender. For the fries recipe keep the skins on the potato, scrub well, cut into fries and set aside.

3. Prepare your salsa. Chop the pineapple, cucumber and coriander and toss with the remaining ingredients – well. Place in the fridge to chill.

4. Rice. To cut time in half – You can use pre-cooked rice. You ideally want your rice to be on the sticky / wet side – not too dry or nutty. Moist.

5. Place your chopped fries into a baking tray and sprinkle with your spices and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, give them a shake every 5 minutes to avoid sticking, they should be ready at the same time as your burgers.

6. In a large bowl, add the beans, tahini, lemon juice, Tabasco & spices. Mash the beans until a thick hummus-like texture forms. Add in the cooked sweet potato and rice. Mash some more. Fold in the onion and pepper.

7. Place parchment paper in a large baking tray. Form burgers with your hands and place them on the baking sheet.

8. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes – or until the edges become crusty and browned. The burgers will bind and firm up quite nicely upon cooling a bit. So don’t overcook them just to try and dry them out if they look like they are falling apart!

9. Cool fries a bit. You can also prep your burger components now – slice the onion, ring the pineapple and wash the lettuce.

10. Serve! Pile your burgers and toppings. Serve with fries and the cool pineapple salsa.


Original recipe from kblog.luchboxbunch altered a bit for our own personal taste preferences.

2 thoughts on “Delicious Spicy Veggie Burgers with a side of pineapple, cucumber salsa and sweet potato fries

    1. So glad you liked them.
      Burgers are just one of those foods that you can play around with, add spices and herbs that you like, different sauces and these days I seem to always have my burgers topped with avocado (I think I might be addicted!).
      Have a great day and thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it.

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