Looking for an exciting new vegetarian recipe to serve on the Fourth of July? Consider this recipe: an upscale take on the classic veggie burger.

The patty is a filling combination of bulgur, pinto beans, walnuts, and spices. Serving the burger open-faced on toasted multi-grain bread adds an air of sophistication.

Don't skip the lime mayonnaise — it provides a creamy zing to the completed burger. To look at the uncomplicated recipe, please


Veggie Burgers With Lime Mayonnaise

Veggie Burgers With Lime Mayonnaise


  1. 1/2 cup chopped onion, divided
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing
  3. 1/2 cup bulgur
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  7. 3/4 cup walnuts (2 1/2 ounces)
  8. 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  9. 1/2 cup packed cilantro sprigs
  10. 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  12. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  13. 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
  14. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  15. 4 slices multi-grain bread,toasted
  16. lettuce, sliced tomato, for serving


  1. Cook half of onion with 1/4 teaspoon salt in oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add bulgur and water and cook, covered, over low heat until water is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in beans and soy sauce.
  3. Pulse bulgur mixture, walnuts, garlic, cilantro, cumin, cayenne, a rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and remaining onion in a food processor until finely chopped.
  4. Form rounded 1/2 cups of mixture into 4 (31/2-inch-diameter) patties. Chill at least 10 minutes.
  5. While patties chill, stir together mayonnaise, zest, and juice.
  6. Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas). Put perforated grill sheet on grill and preheat 10 minutes.
  7. Brush patties all over with oil. Oil grill sheet, then grill burgers on grill sheet, covered only if using a gas grill, carefully turning once, until golden brown, about 8 minutes total.
  8. Serve burgers open-faced on toast with lime mayonnaise.

Serves 4.

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