Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

Another vegetarian recipe for all you veggies out there. And if you're not much of a veggie burger fan, guess what, Michael actually really liked these! I of course love veggie burgers, but it's a bit harder to convince him. These burgers are delicious though, really. The pumpkin adds a great flavor and makes them very filling. It's a good twist on the traditional veggie burger. Of course now we have a huge thing of dry breadcrumbs in our fridge. Any good ideas for using up the rest of it?! Let us know. Serves 5. Eat with lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Modified from Food Network.

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  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • heaping 1/2 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 5 flour tortillas (burrito size)


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Stir in bell pepper, corn, garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add pumpkin, cheese, wheat germ, breadcrumbs, cilantro, salt and pepper to the onion mixture; mix well. With dampened hands, form the vegetable mixture into five patties.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil per batch in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary for even browning.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Meanwhile, stack tortillas between two damp paper towels; microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds, or until heated through.
  7. Wrap the patties in tortillas and serve immediately, garnished with lettuce, salsa, and sour cream, if desired.


Velva said...

These pumpkin burgers do look really good. I think we are so programmed to think "beef" when we say burger that we really miss out on some fabulous flavor combinations healthy and delicious.
This one rocks!!!

Esi said...

These are great veggie burgers! Great combo.

Marisa said...

What a great twist on the normal veggie burger! I'm definitely going to be trying this out.

3 hungry tummies said...

That looks so simple but delicious not to mention healthy!

test it comm said...

I really like the idea of pumpkin burgers and they certainly sound tasty!

grace said...

very rarely does a pumpkin-containing recipe appeal to me, but i love this one! southwestern flavors and spices are always a draw for me, and the end result looks pretty and satisfying!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

never too many vegetarian recipes, and this is indeed a winner! trying this over the weekend, have vegetarian friends visiting

Tasty Trix said...

I heart veggie burgers, and this one is going on the list!

pam said...

I am always on the lookout for a good veggie burger recipe.

Chef E said...

I am tweeting this one, sounds and looks great!

Barbara said...

I used to make a burger with lentils- which sounds terrible, but was actually very good. I am not a vegan, but think your recipe sounds delicious. Chili powder and cumin along with the pumpkin would be fabulous. Can't wait to try this.

Teanna said...

Vegetarian or not, I would eat this right up!

Leslie said...

WOW>..these look so very interesting. I bet they were amazing

Debbie said...

Oh those sound different and look really good! Never heard of a pumpkin burger. I'd love to try this recipe!

s said...

those look pretty amazing.....i wish i cuold have one NOW!!

Unknown said...

these sound delicious :)

Kerstin said...

What a unique veggies burger - they sound so good!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Always love seeing a tasty non-beef burger option, this looks fresh and delicious :)

Jennifer said...

These look SOOOOO good!!! I love pumpkin and have been on a homemade veggie burger kick for a while. I cant wait to make these!! :)

Olga of Mango & Tomato said...

what a great idea to add pumpkin seeds! these really do look like they'd be loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

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