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Vegan Tahini-Mushroom Burger

Calling all mushroom lovers: mix up the traditional veggie burger with a mushroom base and “cheesy” tahini sauce. You’ll never go back to the black bean burger again!

Serves 6

 For the burger

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus a little more
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound white button mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, and coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • (1) 14 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 burger buns

For the cheese sauce

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2–3 tablespoons water


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil, and then add in the brown rice. Reduce heat to low, and continue to cook until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. While the rice is cooking, grease a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and bring to medium heat. Cook the onions until soft, and then move to the side. Add in the mushrooms, and cook until they turn light brown on all sides. Toss in the garlic, and sauté with the mushrooms and onions for about a minute.
  3. In a food processor, add in the rice, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cannellini beans, breadcrumbs, tahini, nutritional yeast, ground flaxseeds, vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper. Pulse three to four times, taking care not to overmix.
  4. Bring a skillet to medium heat, and add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Form the mixture into 6 medium-sized patties, and place on the heated skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the patties are brown.
  5. While the burgers are cooking, prepare the sauce by whisking together the tahini, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, vinegar, syrup or agave, and water. Add more water, as necessary, to achieve desired consistency.
  6. Place the patties onto the burger buns, and top with the tahini sauce mixture and other toppings, as desired.


Make these vegan burgers for your next dinner or cookout, and let us know what you think! Share a photo of your meal on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ALMbites.

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