You’ll be feeling great after eating this easy vegan burger and fries as it contains only 387 and 12g of protein for the complete meal including all toppings and condiments.
Burger and fries have a bad reputation for being junk food, but despite that, we just can’t get enough of them.
I personally enjoy vegan burgers and fries at least once a week, and I feel really good about it because my recipes are made with good quality whole food ingredients.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can have a burger in a bun and a portion of fries, all for just 387 calories. How is that even possible? Yes, these portion sizes are a little on the small side, but I’d rather have a smaller version of my favorite meal rather than avoid it altogether. Eating my favorite foods on a regular basis is what helps me stick to my lifelong tasty and life-giving plant-based diet.
These vegan burgers and fries are delicious, and you can add your favorite toppings to the burger to suit your own taste buds.
These vegan black bean burgers are the best veggie burgers because they taste quite similar to traditional burgers, yet they are made from whole foods. These burgers have a great texture that the whole family and meat eaters will love.
This recipe is very flexible. You can choose to use as many ingredients from the grocery store as you like, or you can make the entire meal from scratch. I give you the options and suggested calories for everything.
Even if you choose to make the whole meal from scratch, the meal prep doesn’t take as long as you might think. My homemade black bean burger takes just 10 minutes to cook. My homemade 3-ingredient burger buns take just 8 minutes from start to finish, my homemade fries can take as little as 10 minutes to cook, and my vegan tzatziki sauce takes just 3 minutes to put together. Talk about speedy!
These vegan burgers and fries are packed with 12g of protein so this meal is going to fill you up for good while.
- Video Demonstration
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Ingredient Substitutions
- The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
- Recommended Equipment
- How To Make This Recipe
- Vegan Carbohydrate Side Dishes
- Vegan Vegetable Side Dishes
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How To Store Leftovers
- More Vegan Weekend Dinner Recipes
- 🥬️🥭️ 7 Day Meal Plan
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- Vegan Burger And Fries
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe and all recipes on my website are vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, free from refined sugar, and vegetarian.
- This recipe contains 387 calories per serving.
- This recipe contains 12g protein per serving.
- One serving of this recipe contains a whopping 52% of your recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.
- This recipe is made from a combination of vegan protein, whole food sources of carbohydrates, vegetables, essential fats, and ingredients that make the dish extremely tasty.
- This easy recipe takes 10 minutes of active preparation time and 10 minutes of cooking time. You can use the cooking time to prepare your burger fillings and sauce.
- I have simplified this recipe by limiting the number of ingredients and using everyday, simple ingredients such as black beans and potatoes.
- Vegan burgers: You can use any of your own vegan burgers that you like for this recipe but make sure the burgers are less than 160 calories each if you want to stick to the calorie count for this recipe. If you are gluten-free make sure you check the ingredients list. You can also make 1 batch (4 servings) of my 10 Minute Plant Based Black Bean Burgers
- Gluten-free, vegan bread rolls: You can use any vegan, gluten-free bread rolls you like as long as they are less than 100 calories per roll, or you can make 1 batch (4 servings) of my homemade burger buns.
- White or sweet potatoes: Instead of making your own fries, you can use store-bought fries as long as they are under 100 calories per portion if you want to stick to the calorie count for this recipe.
- Tomato: Remove the tomato or replace it with 2 slices of any vegetable of your choice.
- Lettuce leaves: Remove the lettuce or replace it with any leaves or fresh herbs of your choice.
- Pickled onions: Remove the pickled onions or replace them with any pickled vegetable of your choice.
- Vegan tzatziki sauce: You can replace vegan tzatziki sauce with any condiment of your choice under 5 calories per serving if you want to stick to the calorie count of the recipe.
The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
Each of the recipes I create fits into my Plant Plate System. This system incorporates 5 food groups into every meal.
The 5 food groups are 1) Plant Protein, 2), Leaves, Fruit, And Veg, 3) Aesthetic Additions, 4) Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates, and 5) Taste
This recipe is a complete meal because it contains all 5 components of my Plant Plate and contains around 400 calories per meal.
The diagram below helps you see the 5 different components of a Plant-Based Plate.
Here’s how this recipe is structured according to the Plant Plate System.
Adding each ingredient to the following categories helps you to easily see how to make substitutions. It also lets you know the exact reason why the ingredient is in the recipe.
- Vegan burgers
Leaves, Fruit & Veg
Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates
- Burger bun
- Pickled onion
- Vegan Tzatziki sauce
Here are the main kitchen equipment tools I have used to create this recipe.
I highly suggest you use a non-stick pan for the vegetable and sauce part of this recipe. In a non-stick pan, this recipe cooks like a dream, with minimal stirring needed.
You can get the large pan that I use by clicking here. Please note, I bought the largest size.
You can get the 10-piece cookware set that I have by clicking here. Please note, this set contains a smaller version of the large deep pan that I bought separately.
I used my food processor for this recipe. I love this food processor because it has some handy attachments like a grater, and the ability to slice vegetables very quickly. It also has a smaller compartment for making smaller batches of food.
My air fryer has been one of the best kitchen gadgets I ever invested in. And I’m absolutely obsessed with it. With 2 fussy kids who don’t eat the same food as me or each other, my air fryer gets used every single day to make them fast, nutrient-packed food that they will eat.
I love cooking with an air fryer because food cooks much more quickly, is more crispy and tastier, and saves a fortune when it comes to my fuel bill.
Air Fryer Silicone Baking Dish
I often use this silicone baking dish when I’m baking with wet ingredients. It is 8 inches or 20 cm and square. It fits my Cosori Air Fryer. Make sure you measure the inside of your Air Fryer before purchasing an Air Fryer baking dish.
How To Make This Recipe
To make the burgers, burger buns, fries or sauce according to their relevant instructions if you prefer to use store-bought ones. But if you want to make your own follow the instructions below.
- Process all the ingredients in a food processor and form the mixture into burger patties.
- Fry the burgers in a pan, air fryer or oven.
- Peel the potatoes.
- Slice the potatoes into strips shaped like french fries.
- Bake in the oven or air fryer.
- Mix all the ingredients together to form a ball.
- Then make smaller dough balls out of it and shape them into a patty.
- Finally either bake in an air fryer or oven or cook in a pan.
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- Grate the cucumber into a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
Vegan Carbohydrate Side Dishes
Serve this recipe with any of the following carb side dishes which are all around 100 calories per serving:
- Crispy Homemade Baked French Fries
- Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- Most Crispy Vegan Jacket Potato
- Easy Whole Baked Sweet Potato
For more options, see all of my best vegan, gluten-free carbs side dishes.
Vegan Vegetable Side Dishes
Here are some vegetable side dishes that go very nicely with this recipe which are all under 100 calories per serving.
- Vegan Zucchini Fritters
- Spicy Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
- Nacho Cheese Baked Kale Chips
- Easy Baked Mushroom Bacon
For more options, see all of my best gluten-free vegan vegetable side dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Plant-based burgers are usually made from beans, pulses, vegetables, textured vegetable protein, or vegan protein powder. Vegan burgers are often more delicate than meat-based burgers so store-bought vegan burgers usually include some kind of binding agent such as Methyl cellulose which is a chemical compound made from cellulose.
How To Store Leftovers
The burgers in this recipe keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. They also freeze well for up to 3 months. Defrost them before using them. The entire meals of burger and fries are best served straight away and won’t last longer than 1 day once assembled.
More Vegan Weekend Dinner Recipes
This recipe is part of my vegan weekend dinner series.
If you’re looking for some easy, vegan dinners, that are less than 400 calories per serving, check out some of my other recipes:
- Homemade Vegan Crunchwrap Recipe
- Quick Vegan Meatballs And Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce
- 5 Minute One Pot Vegan Chili
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Vegan Burger And Fries
Burger And Fries
- 4 Vegan Burgers (Less Than 160 Calories Each) Or 1 Batch (4 Servings) Of My 10 Minute Plant Based Black Bean Burgers
- 4 Gluten-Free, Vegan Bread Rolls (Less Than 100 Calories Per Roll) Or 1 Batch (4 Servings) Of My Homemade Burger Buns.
- 560g White Or Sweet Potatoes
- 1 Medium-Sized Tomato
- 8 Lettuce Leaves
- 20g Pickled Onions
- 60g Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 Can Of Black Beans
- ½ Cup (1 Small Onion) Diced Onions
- 2 Tablespoons Rolled Oats, Oat Flour, Or Other Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Of My Homemade Burger Seasoning Or ½ Teaspoon Paprika, ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder, ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder, And A Pinch Of Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Of My Homemade Italian Seasoning Or ½ Teaspoon Of Basil, ½ Teaspoon Of Oregano, And ½ Teaspoon Parsley
- ½ Teaspoon Salt (Or 1 Tablespoon Tamari)
- 4 Large White Potatoes (Approximately 480g Potatoes In Total)
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Of Your Favorite Spice Blend. I Like To Use My BBQ Seasoning.
- 100g Gluten-Free Flour (I Used Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour)
- 90g Vegan Yogurt (I Used Soya Yogurt)
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Salt (Optional)
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- 240g Unflavored Vegan Soya Yogurt, Vegan Coconut Yogurt Or Other Plant-Based Yogurt
- ½ Large English Cucumber
- 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Of My Homemade Ranch Seasoning Or 1 Teaspoon Of Parsley Or Chives, 1 Teaspoon Dried Dill, 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder, 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- Pinch Black Ground Pepper
Vegan Burger And Fries
- Prepare your burgers according to the package instructions or follow the instructions for my homemade burgers.
- Prepare your store-bought fries or follow the instructions for my homemade fries.
- Prepare your store-bought burger buns by lightly toasting them for 3 minutes. Or make a batch of my homemade burger buns.
- Prepare the vegan tzatziki sauce or use your own favorite burger condiment. (Less than 5 calories per serving).
- Slice the tomato into 8 slices.
- Slice the burger bun in half. Add the burger, tomato, lettuce, pickled onion and vegan tzatziki sauce to the bottom half of the burger bun. Place the other half of the bun on top.
- Add the canned black beans, onion, oats, burger seasoning, Italian seasoning, and salt to a food processor. Process until you can form a ball that sticks together. Don’t over-process. Scrape down the sides and stir.
- Divide the mixture into 4. Roll each batch into a ball, then push down to flatten it into a burger shape.
- Cook your burgers using one of the following options:
- Fry: You can fry them on a medium heat, in a non-stick pan with or without oil, turning them until they are golden on all sides. I like to use an oil spray for fewer calories.
- Air Fryer: Spray a little oil spray on the bottom of your air fryer. Place the burgers in the air fryer basket and spray them with a little oil spray. Cook at 200C/ 400F for 5-10 minutes. Turn them over after 5 minutes. Check on them frequently.
- Oven: Add your burgers to a non-stick baking tray, spray them with oil, and bake them at 200C/ 400F for 15-20 minutes until they are golden.
- Peel and slice the potatoes into strips shaped like french fries.
- Place the sliced potatoes on an oven tray or fryer basket.
- Sprinkle the salt and seasoning over the potatoes.
- Alternatively, you can add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix to fully incorporate.
- Follow the instructions for baking in the oven or air fryer below.
- For Oven: Preheat the oven to 425°F/ 220°C and bake for 20 to 30 minutes in total (turning after 10 minutes) until they are charred on the corners.
- For Air Fryer: Set the temperature of your air fryer to 425°F/ 220°C and bake for 10 to 20 minutes (shaking the basket after 10 minutes) until they are charred on the corners.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt (if using) in a large bowl and stir the dry ingredients.
- Add the yogurt and mix until the dough comes together in a ball. If it doesn’t come together, add a little bit (1 tablespoon) more flour and mix. Repeat until it comes together.
- With wet hands divide the hamburger bun dough into 4 pieces.
- Roll each piece of dough into a ball.
- Follow the instructions below to cook them using your preferred method:
- Air Fryer: Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper/ greaseproof paper and place the balls in the basket. Flatten the balls so they are shaped like a patty or burger bun. You could also add some optional sesame seeds to the tops of the buns at this stage. Make sure none of the buns are touching each other. You might have to bake them in batches depending on how big your air fryer is.
- To add extra crispiness and a golden color, spray the buns with oil spray (optional).
- Bake at 180C/ 360F for 3-6 minutes or until the buns are hard to the touch on the outside and are slightly golden brown.
- Oven: Preheat the oven to 180C/ 360F.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper/ greaseproof paper and place the balls on the tray. You could also use a hamburger bun pan if you have one. Flatten the balls so they are shaped like a patty or burger bun. You could also add some optional sesame seeds to the tops of the buns at this stage. Make sure none of the buns are touching each other.
- To add extra crispiness and a golden color, spray the buns with oil spray (optional).
- Bake for 6-10 minutes or until the buns are hard to the touch on the outside and are slightly golden brown.
- Pan: Spray a large non-stick pan with oil or skip the oil if you prefer. Shape the balls into buns by pressing them down with your fingers. You can either do this on a nonstick surface and then use a spatula to transfer the buns to the pan, or you can flatten the balls into bun shapes in the pan, being careful not to touch the pan itself. You could also add some optional sesame seeds to the tops of the buns at this stage. You could also add some optional sesame seeds to the tops of the buns at this stage.
- Cook over a medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden or until you are able to easily flip the burger bun without it sticking to the pan because it has hardened. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side.
- To Serve: Once the bun is cooled, cut the bun in half down the width to create a top and a bottom half of the burger.
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- Grate the cucumber using a box grater in a large mixing bowl. There is no need to squeeze the excess liquid out of the grated cucumber.
- Add in all of the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir.
- To garnish sprinkle with ground black pepper.
Now it’s your turn to make magic with food.