The Thanksgiving Veggie Burger


Vegan, vegetarian, or not, it’s hard not to love veggie burgers. Which is why I’m so excited about a new book, The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, by Joni Marie Newman. I’ll be reviewing this cookbook in full, but as a special treat, Joni is sharing a recipe from her “Burgers for the Holidays” chapter. Yes, she actually dedicates a section of the book to burgers worth celebrating, and they include a Fruity Holiday Brunch Burger, Green Bean Almondine Burger, and the mouthwatering recipe below for an All-the-Fixin’s Thanksgiving Veggie Burger.

Thanksgiving Veggie Burger Recipe - All the Fixins' Holiday Vegan and Dairy-Free Burger

I think this wonderful recipe will be amazingly popular as it combines several holiday favorites into one. I’m sure many of you are familiar with making mashed potato cakes after Thanksgiving, but what about mashed potato cakes with stuffing and French fried onions?

According to Joni, “This here burger was the brainchild of my bestie, Jen. She said if I could pack an entire holiday dinner into a burger, she would be in heaven. So, I gave it a shot. I invited her over and had her test it out. She said it was like crack … and there you have it.”

Joni recommends enjoying this Thanksgiving Veggie Burger as a meatless alternative to a huge elaborate holiday dinner or making it the day after the big feast with leftovers!

Special Diet Notes: Thanksgiving Veggie Burger

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

The Thanksgiving Veggie Burger
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Recipe from The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet by Joni Marie Newman.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 tablespoon dairy-free buttery spread
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups cooked mashed potatoes
  • 4 cups prepared bread stuffing
  • 1 14-ounce can cut green beans, drained
  • 1 cup French’s French fried onions
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil, for frying (optional)
  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the buttery spread. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until just beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, add the potatoes, stuffing, green beans, fried onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Knead to combine.
  3. Form into 8 patties. Cook as desired.
  4. Pan-fry in oil for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until crispy and golden. Or bake at 350ºF, on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat, for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Everything is already cooked – you just need to heat them up!
I use boxed stuffing, but any bread-based stuffing [including gluten free] will work fine. In fact a few slices of stale bread, cut into cubes and mixed with dairy-free butter and vegetable broth then baked, makes a pretty darn good stuffing!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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