Homemade GardenBurgers Recipe

These homemade GardenBurgers remind me so much of the original GardenBurger, which I was powerless over as a newly-vegetarian teenager. I don’t even know if that original burger is still made. I couldn’t find them recently when I was really craving one. So I made my own.

gardenburger recipe

My dad used to make a really good sandwich with them, adding mayonnaise and fresh basil leaves along with the standard lettuce/onion/tomato. So good! And at Crown and Anchor pub in Austin, I have spent many nights (and days) drinking beer and eating their veggie burger which is a GardenBurger, deep fried so it’s super crunchy outside and also kind of tastes like French fries, which is a plus.

The basis of the GardenBurger is (was?) rice, mushrooms, and cheese. My version uses all those things, too! I have tried to make all my veggie burgers (my first and most popular veggie burger recipe; my black bean quinoa burger) without egg so that they are more easily suited for vegans. But this recipe needs the cheese to help hold them together. If you are vegan, use a shredded “cheez” instead.

(Testing notes: Originally I tried to make these with cooked brown lentils instead of rice to get more protein, but I couldn’t get them to hold together very well. Someday I will try using half rice and half lentils and maybe get the best of both worlds? If you’re an experimenter and decide to try it, please let me know how it goes!)

homemade gardenburger recipe


Homemade Garden Burgers Recipe

  • Author: Hilah
  • Yield: 4 1x



2 cups cooked short grain brown rice (1 cup raw cooked with 2 cups water for 45 minutes)

8 ounces button mushrooms

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup instant or rolled oats

4 ounces cheese, grated (about 1 cup)


Cook the rice if you don’t have any already made.

Meanwhile, clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth and finely chop the mushrooms and onion. You should get about 3 cups of minced mushrooms.

Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and onion and cover. Cook about 1 minutes or until the mushrooms have started to release their liquid. Add the garlic and salt and cook, stirring, another 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms have reduced to about half their original volume.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add oatmeal and rice.

Stir in the cheese. It may melt a little, that’s okay.

Let mixture cool to room temperature then shape into burgers. Chill on waxed paper to firm up.

Griddle them with some butter or oil (more makes them better!) until crisp outside and warm throughout. Make a sandwich of some sort!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Protein: 17

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  1. Rebecca on November 11, 2019 at 6:10 am

    This gardenburger recipe is the best I have made, hands down. I use baby portabella mushrooms in place of regular button mushrooms, as they add more flavor to the burgers. Vegan “cheez” and regular cheese are equally good in these burgers. Since my husband can’t eat onion, I increase the garlic to 3 cloves. I often make these in a double batch and freeze them. Then I just defrost what I need and fry in a little butter and olive oil. YUM!!

    • Hilah on November 12, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      So glad you like this recipe, Rebecca! I need to make these again, too.

  2. Jackie on July 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I made these today and they were great! I added some undercooked quinoa to the mix and then let the mix sit in the fridge all afternoon. They cooked really nicely in the pan, and the texture was perfect. I’m glad I have leftover mix so we can have them again tomorrow! Thanks!

  3. Joanne Nicolazzo on September 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

    These are so good! I miss gardenburgers (Cannot find them anywhere anymore) and don’t really care for other brands. These taste just like them. I’m on my second batch.
    I’m having trouble getting them to stick together though. They end up sort of like gardenburger sloppy-joe’s if you know what I mean. I don’t mind because they’re delicious, but they’re kind of hard to cook; they totally fall apart.
    Batch 2 I added an egg which helped marginally. I wonder if I’m using the wrong brand of rice or something that’s too fluffy? I’m following the recipe exactly except I don’t add garlic because I’m not crazy about it but that should not affect the texture. Anybody got any ideas? Either way I’m gonna keep making these 🙂

    • Hilah on September 16, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Oh good! I think they taste just like the real garden burgers, too. I haven’t had a problem with these totally falling apart like you’re describing, but they are a little delicate. When I mix everything together, I usually do it while the rice and mushrooms are still warm so the cheese kind of melts into glue, then cool the dough before shaping it and cook them while they’re cold from the fridge. You could try putting part of the dough through a food processor first to make more “glue” or maybe grind the oats into a coarse flour?

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