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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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Homemade Vegetable Masala Burgers.

One of the questions I am frequently asked is “what is your favorite veggie burger?”  (Guess I should have put that one on my new FAQ’s page, huh?)  My answer is always the same.  There is no better burger than the Vegetable Masala Burger found in the frozen aisle at Trader Joe’s. 

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I don’t really talk much about my daily meals here, but you might be surprised to hear that, on average, we eat frozen veggie burgers for dinner two or three nights a week.  Gasp – I know!  But despite all the culinary talent under our roof, we are busy humans who struggle to fit it all in every day – just like you!

In addition to our gourmet breakfasts, I usually make all my recipe-worthy food for lunch and by the time we get home from the gym it is often close to 8pm – aka vegetable masala burger time!  Part of the reason I love these particular burgers is because of the ingredient list – vegetables and spices, with very little in the way of additives or scary chemicals. 

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Not to mention all the glorious Indian spice and FLAVOR!  But last night as I grabbed the box out the freezer, ready to defrost my favorite patties, I wondered why I had never tried to simply make them myself?  And so I did just that…

Homemade Vegetable Masala Burgers

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Ingredients: (makes 6 burgers)

  • 2 large carrots, cubed
  • 2 medium potatoes (I used red potatoes), cubed
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup edamame (shelled)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt

To Prepare:  Start by cubing the potatoes and carrots into small diced pieces.  Try to make the cubes as consistent as possible, so that they will cook evenly in the pan.  Over medium high heat, sauté the carrots and potatoes in a little bit of olive oil for about ten minutes, or until starting to brown. 

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For the rest of the ingredients, I stuck with my Trader Joe’s theme.  For the peppers, edamame, and corn – frozen is fine!

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Once the potatoes and carrots are starting to get soft…

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Go ahead and add the rest of the vegetables and cook until they are warmed.  These burgers take a little more time than a bean burger, since you need to cook the vegetables – but I promise the end result is totally worth it!

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While the vegetables are cooking, go ahead and pull out your food processor.  The first item into the food processor is 1/2 cup of rolled oats…

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Pour them in and pulse them to the consistency of a coarse flour. 

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Add the vegetables once they are ready, along with the olive oil, salt, and the blend of spices.  Spices are what make these burgers so delicious!

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Alternate pulsing the food processor and scraping down the sides, in order to ensure that everything is mixed well.  Combine until the veggies are chopped into teeny tiny pieces!

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Wet your hands and form into patties.  Using the same pan that you used to cook your vegetables, add a little more olive oil and cook the burgers over medium high heat. 

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When you make veggie burgers, you’re never quite sure until you FLIP whether or not they are going to hold together or crumble to bits.  I am happy to report that these held together really well – probably my best to date!  After a few minutes of cooking on one side, use a spatula to flip the patties over.

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Once they are cooked on both sides, they are ready to eat!  Now tell me that my vegetable masala burger (right) doesn’t look ten thousand times more delicious than it’s frozen inspiration (left).

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While yes – it was a bit more work than simply heating up a frozen burger – this recipe makes six patties!  So you can easily make it once and freeze the rest to eat later in the week.  Problem solved!

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Served my favorite way to eat a burger – on top of an English muffin and piled high with avocado!

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And let’s just be real here – veggie burgers are really just delivery devices for giant piles of ketchup, right?

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I was blown away by how well these turned out, and while I love a good bean burger from time to time, I also love that this bean-less burger provides an alternative with an entirely vegetable base.  Not to mention all that delicious edamame giving a boost in protein. 

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More and more I’m trying to eliminate our house of boxed and processed food.  This recipe does just that, while also adding a fabulous new addition to our weekly meals!

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Did I mention that they are only 120 calories a piece (same as the frozen variety)?  Also pack 4g of healthy fat (TJ’s has 8g!), and 4g of vegetarian complete protein (TJ’s only has 2).  I’d call that a WIN!


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Stacy @ Every Little Thing     at 3:36 pm

I have been trying to make boxed/frozen versions of things we like too, but nothing this fancy! Looks great!


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)     at 3:36 pm

YUMMY!! This is great, as we can’t get TJ’s stuff over here in the UK! And I LOVE masala! :D


Kristy @ KristyRuns     at 3:38 pm

Another great recipe! Can’t wait to try it! LOVE avocado on my veggie burgers!


Tiffany @ Conor & Bella     at 3:39 pm

This looks delicious! I love making homemade veggie burgers. My fave so far has been one made of potatoes and white beans, among other things.
Gonna bookmark this one!


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)     at 3:40 pm

I love making my own veggie and bean burgers! The flavor is so much better and I love being able to freeze the leftovers.


Sara@Foodgarbl     at 3:41 pm

So easy! Who woulda thunk it? I’m making tofu bahn mi’s tonight otherwise this might have been on the menu. Can’t wait to try making these!


Haley     at 3:48 pm

I love veggie burgers :) Mine always fall apart, though… the oats = brilliance! LOVE IT!


sarah (sarah learns)     at 3:50 pm

these look so good! i’m trying to reduce the amount of prepackaged food that i eat too. this recipe sounds perfect to replace my boxed burgers!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats     at 3:51 pm

oh yum, these look awesome :)

and speaking of awesome, I made your 4 ingredient peanut sauce and loved it. I made noodles with it, which you can see in my lunchbox post for today :)


Amanda     at 3:53 pm

I love those TJ’s burgers. I had a few last weekend and was so happy that they were so good. I’m a big mayo/ketchup freak and I put it on a lot of things. It tasted fantastic on this burger. Now I have to try yours!


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)     at 3:53 pm

Okay, I totally have to try this. TJ’s masala veggie burgers are the best but you’re absolutely right that once a little prep work has been done, these can go in the freezer and be reheated just as easily as storebought.


Kelly     at 3:54 pm

I love those too! Although Brad doesn’t for some reason, which is surprising because he loves Indian food. I have to try your recipe. I have most of those ingredients already.


janetha @ meals and moves     at 3:55 pm

You are a genius! I was always sad that I couldn’t buy these because I don’t have a TJs–now I can try my hand at making them. Thanks, Em!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean     at 3:57 pm

definitely know what you mean about the crumbling! yours look awesome. i love looking at an ingredient list and then trying to do it myself…and i’m sure the avocado was an added bonus :)


Laura     at 3:59 pm

I don’t like mayo so avocados are a must for me. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


Courtney @ the granola chronicles     at 4:02 pm

I love the ones from TJ’s – thanks for recreating them! :)


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete     at 4:03 pm

and you forgot to add Gluten Free!! So excited to make these. When I first started reading the post, I read the ingredients on the box and my heart sank since the store bought version is NOT GF.



Rose     at 4:03 pm

What a great idea! These look so good. And I love the idea of making a bunch and freezing the rest for later.


Brittany     at 4:05 pm

I’ve never tried the Vegetable Masala Burger from Trader Joe’s, but your recreation looks 100X better. I need to put this recipe on my list!

PS- I like that you use your veggie burgers as a ketchup delivery device too. :)


Lee     at 4:09 pm

Those are also one of my favorite veggie burgers. I’m bookmarking this recipe for sure.


Anne     at 4:11 pm

Those look delish!!! If they’re anywhere near as good as your bean burgers, they’ll be a sure winner. (My hubby feels the same way about ketchup. lol!!)


Chase     at 4:13 pm

Yum yum yum! I found myself going, “ho hum” over a gardenburger at lunch today. Can’t wait to try to whip these up.


Leslie     at 4:14 pm

I loooove TJ’s Vegetable Masala Burgers. I could easily go through a box a week, but I also try to limit the processed stuff. Thanks for posting a homemade alternative!


Helena     at 4:19 pm

All vegetable burgers I’ve had before tasted soo bad. I’m really looking forward to making these!


Erika     at 4:22 pm

I couldn’t agree once. Once you’ve had TJ’s Veggie Masala burgers, you can never go back. I’ve been known to buy multiple boxes at a time.


Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 4:24 pm

That DOES look enticing! Do you think mustard powder would be similar to mustard seed in this recipe?


Maryann     at 4:26 pm

This looks good. My husband just asked the other day about me making some burgers. The bean burgers are okay but not top on my list. What is masala I assume a spice? Don’t have it at the moment and sounds like it is a main component here.
Not going to the store tonite people around here will be crowding the stores due to some snow overnite. Next time at the store. Anxious to taste it. Thanks again.


Stacy     at 4:30 pm

Those look great! I’m definitely going to have to give them a try!


Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey     at 4:31 pm

I love the TJ’s burger, but stopped purchasing them when I cut out processed food. (I didn’t like that “oil” was the second ingredient, as well as having cellulose gum in them), so I am super excited about this recipe!!!
I thought about trying to make my own, but never got around to it. Thanks for doing it for me! I’m super busy during the week working a (mentally and physically) exhausting job 50+ hrs/week (plus 10 more hrs/week commute) and REFUSE to feed my family processed food.
I’ll be making these within a week! :)



Jessi @ Quirky Cookery     at 4:31 pm

Yours looks way more appetizing. I’m jealous and think I might just have to make some myself.


Madison M     at 4:39 pm

You are so darn creative and ambitious, girl! Loved this post and an so inspired to start making these burgers, and others like it, at home. Like you, I have found myself eating frozen veggie burgers from TJ’s more times than I care to admit!


Katy (The Singing Runner)     at 4:44 pm

Looks GREAT! We don’t have a TJ’s here in Jacksonville, FL, so I am looking forward to making this! :D


Christin@purplebirdblog     at 4:45 pm

I don’t have a TJ’s nearby and I was always coveting those burgers, so this is awesome! Thank you! :)


Sara     at 4:45 pm

WOW. I can’t believe you MADE those!?! This could partially be because I cook about once a week in a kitchen the size of a fridge orrr because you’re amazing :) More the latter :)


Ana     at 5:17 pm

Looks absolutely delicious, I am definitely going to try these! (I have never tried TJ’s though)
And I totally agree with you that your burgers look much better than the frozen one. Nice job Emily!


jen @ taste life     at 5:19 pm

Gosh, Emily, those sound AMAZING! I really might make these…I see tons of recipes I want to try, but these seem like a great staple to have frozen for a quick dinner.


Jenn     at 5:21 pm

Those look so good!! I’ve never tried the Trader Joe’s version, but am definitely going to give these a try! Thanks for sharing.


Heather @ Hungry Heather     at 5:24 pm

Thanks for this! TJ’s veggie masala burgers are my favorite, too, but it never occurred to me to make them myself. It looks so simple, so now I have to try it. =)


Erin @Shortcut to Bliss     at 5:28 pm

Ok..Super Excited!!! All my friends at work have gone veggie since Jan.1. I point everyone to your blog, but I am thinking of making a couple of batches of this recipe this weekend and freezing the patties for them. Then I can just keep them in the freezer at work for anyone who forgets their lunch or is just running late. I LOVE this!


Namaste Gurl     at 5:29 pm

You are one amazing and creative foodie indeed. Wish I could recreate all my favorite commercial and restaurant type foods!


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen     at 5:30 pm

YUM….your burger look delish! Can’t wait to give them try.


Jess     at 5:34 pm

wow, these look great emily! and i love the addition of avocado on everything:)


Kristi     at 5:43 pm

These burgers look so awesome! Can’t wait to try this one out! Big thanks!


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 5:43 pm

awesome! these look wonderful. :)


Kim     at 5:46 pm

YUMM!!! I am soooo making these!
Thanks Emily!


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count     at 5:48 pm

Emily! Thank you! I just bought the Trader Joe’s Masala burgers 2 weeks ago and loved them! I am so excited to have a recipe for them. You are wonderful! Thanks, again~



Krystina (Basil & Wine)     at 5:57 pm

You are a genius! I always make my own veggie burgers because they’re SO easy and inexpensive to make at home.


Amber K     at 6:00 pm

I love making my own burgers so that I can be sure that they are gluten-free. Plus the frozen ones always seem super high in sodium. The main thing I don’t like is exactly what you said, you never know if they are going to completely fall apart or stick together! And obviously the convenience factor.


Blog is the New Black     at 6:10 pm

I’ll def be trying those soon!


Samantha     at 6:19 pm

So glad you posted a copycat recipe…we don’t have the amazingness that is Trader joe’s over here on the far side of the world and I LOVE these burgers. Going to make your version this weekend!


kat     at 6:20 pm


Emily, do you mind me asking what blender you use? I’m ont he market for a new one!



Cara Craves...     at 6:21 pm

These are genius!
I think I would love these


Ashley     at 6:24 pm

HAhahaa about the ketchup. Chris says that when I eat fries…screw the fries, give me the ketchup! ;) I’ve never tried these TJ’s burgs before. My heart belongs to Sunshine Burgs. Will definitely have to try this out though. :)


Kate (What Kate is Cooking)     at 6:28 pm

They look so pretty! I’m scared to make burgers because I have a feeling they’ll fall apart.


Felicia (a taste of health with balance)     at 6:36 pm

this look soo delicious with the fresh avocado! love it


Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)     at 6:39 pm

I love home made veggie burgers. I prefer them over the store bought ones, I think making them is SO worth it!! These look awesome!



Mary     at 6:41 pm

Your bean burger recipe is a staple at my house so I’m excited to give these a try! I love that they stay together well. By the way, to freeze them, should I cook them before and just reheat? Or can they be frozen ‘raw’ and cooked fresh? Thanks for more great recipes!


Samantha     at 6:59 pm

Thanks for another wonderful recipe!! These look fantastic! I also love that you consider your veggie burgers a vehicle for ketchup…I’m the same way! Can’t wait to give these a try!


alexe     at 7:09 pm

MY favorite burger is YOUR black bean burger so you can guess how excited I am to try this new one! I’m making them for sure next week-end. Thank you for the recipe!


Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free     at 7:23 pm

That looks so much better than the weak veggie burger you had at that restaurant a while ago. Homemade is always the way to go!


Janine Farrow     at 7:27 pm

I LOVE this!!!! Thank you :)


JL goes Vegan     at 7:27 pm

You’ve outdone yourself! I like that it’s home cooked but that frozen veggies are an option.

Making “oat flour” is such a great idea for binding veggie burgers!


Lauren     at 7:30 pm

These are my favorite veggie burgers but now that I see you make the homemade, I’m awed! I love making my own veggie burgers but so often, the work and prep is way too much. I always end up throwing a frozen patty in the oven and calling it dinner. You’ve reminded me how much better it is to make your own. Thanks for sharing dear girl!


Allison @ Happy Tales     at 7:44 pm

Oh my yummyness. This is going on my to-make list!!!! Seriously, I love all of your creations…


Brenna     at 8:02 pm

Thanks for sharing this. They look delicious!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)     at 8:09 pm

I love you for this recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!

“There is no better burger than the Vegetable Masala Burger found in the frozen aisle at Trader Joe’s. “–
Ok I have seen that burger featured on tons of blogs and have asked my local San Diego TJs about it..it’s a CA thing. They dont get those burgers here so ive never had it and see it on all the East coast girl’s blogs and i am soo jealz.

I love that your recipe does not use garlic or onions, or added salt, or gluten. = I hate them all.

OMG I think you just made.my.month with this recipe…thank you!!


Kat Reply:

They have them here in LA. Hopefully the SD stores stock them soon. They ROCK.


Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 8:47 pm

Mm those look amazing! Fun with Indian spices :-)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 9:20 pm

These look amazing – I love homemade veggie burgers, and your black bean burgers are on the top of my list. I have to make these!


Heather     at 9:25 pm

What would be a good substitute for the garam masala spice? I’m allergic to cumin. :(


hv2dive Reply:

You can make your own garam masala. In fact, I recommend you do as it add a whole another dimension in flavor. This is a typical recipe for homemade garam masala.

1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds (or +1 coriander and caraway seeds)
1 tablespoon mixed peppercorns
6 green cardamom pods
5 brown cardamom pods
6 cloves
Two 2-inch pieces cinnamon stick

A typical 1 to 1 substitute for cumin is to use coriander mixed with caraway.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Put the coriander seeds, cumin seeds (or your substitute), peppercorns, cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon sticks on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until they are aromatic, 15 to 20 minutes. Grind to a powder in an electric spice grinder. Store in an airtight jar.


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}     at 9:43 pm

I love the challenge of making a homemade veggie burger that sticks together. It’s not easy! Yours looks delicious.


Anonymous     at 9:57 pm

Okay, so this isn’t very related to this particular post, but, given you are so, um, open, about things in your life, I was hoping you could answer me something that is somewhat embarrassing. I eat a pretty healthy diet with a good amount of fruits and veggies but have noticed it causes a decent amount of gas… (gross, I know). I hate the feeling and sometimes it can cause embarrassment but I swear after years of altering things around, most veggies save carrots and peas seem to mess with me. Is there any solution to this???


Renee Reply:

Not Emily….but had the same problem, Beano really helps.


Mama Pea     at 10:08 pm

I want to try yours! I don’t care for the TJs (don’t hate me…) because I think they just taste like hashbrown patties. Not that that’s a terrible thing, but just not what I like from a “burger.”

Well done!


Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest     at 10:09 pm

Those are my favorite veggie burgers too! I have been wanting to make my own and you just made that goal so much easier. Thanks Emily!


Maddie     at 10:19 pm

Yum! These look delicious! I love the idea of making them and then being able to freeze them for easy meals throughout the week.


Taysa     at 11:50 pm

Those are also my boyfriend and I’s go-to vegetable burger. I think I will try to make them this weekend–thank you!


Marian Schembari     at 2:42 am

Lady, I JUST made these, and they totally rocked. This will be the third veggie burger recipe I’ve made from scratch in the past 2 weeks and they’ve all been a bit blah. But these? Sooooo delicious!

I did a boo boo and made 4 instead of the 6, so they took a little longer to cook because of the thickness, but they went over extraordinarily well and will definitely for sure 100% be making these again.

Whooo hooo!!! Love finding recipes that are easy, veggie and oh-so-tasty. Thanks lady!


Sabine @ thefruitpursuit     at 4:18 am

Want to try these tonight they look great! Q: any way I can sub the edamame? I wouldn’t know for the life of me where to get that over here (sad, I know).


Brittney     at 5:52 am

Very cool! I need to try these! I think we’ve exhaused most kinds of veggie burgers in our house but these would be unique :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Shannon the photographer     at 6:59 am

Ohhhhh my goodness. Those look absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to try them out! I can’t seem to find frozen edamame here in the land of Ire though… sad day. Additionally, i’d like to add that i’m SUPER JEALOUS of you and your ability to get Avocados out of season!! I can’t seem to find one to save my life. Trust me… i’ve looked. They’re pretty much my favorite thing ever.


Hope     at 8:29 am

These homemade burgers look amazing!! I totally want to try making them! They sound and look just so delicious.


Jul     at 8:43 am

what kind of english muffin are those!? they look so big and fluffy compared to my little flat thomas’s! hah


Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini     at 9:40 am

This just may be a life changing recipe for me!


Jenn (www.real-nutrition-nyc.com)     at 9:47 am

That looks amazingly beautiful and no doubt delicious. Thanks for the inspiring recipe!


Kerris @ Baby, Be Fit!     at 9:49 am

I can completely relate to being short on time and needing something quick and easy to prepare! Those burgers look quite tasty…


Lisa     at 10:04 am

These look delicious! I HAVE to try these! I love making extra of anything and freezing it for future meals!


Margaret     at 10:26 am

YESSS. I love these veggie burgers from TJ’s — can’t wait to try your homemade version SOON!!! Thank you for posting!


Leanne (For Health's Sake)     at 10:37 am

I actually will try to make these! I’ve been trying to find sneaky ways of putting more veggies into my diet :)


Holly     at 10:47 am

Emily, you rule! We have rid our house of just about all boxed/pre-made stuff but I always end up wandering over to TJ’s freezer section and sneaking a couple of boxes of these into my cart. I too have thought “gee I should try making these myself” and now I have no excuse not to!


Michelle     at 11:39 am

These look fantastic!


Renee     at 11:46 am

Emily, what is the cost savings compared to the box version? I’m going to try these this weekend, they look great.


ESP     at 11:55 am

I’m not much of a potato fan … what can I use as a substitute?


SueP     at 11:55 am

Winner, winner, veggie dinner! These look great. Thanks, Emily!


Snehal     at 1:44 pm

Will try it soon.
I am also trying very hard to reduce getting processed meals, mainly because the plastic wrapping goes in landfill. 2 out of 5 of our weekday lunches are the TJ’s vegetable burritos/ burger patties. And both are covered in plastic. They are such a huge help though when we don’t have time to put together a salad or a sandwich in the morning, but so much plastic :-( Such a quandary!


Candy (Healthy In Candy Land)     at 2:26 pm

This looks so great! Good for you for making your own. You have inspired me to use up some black beans in my fridge–it’s black bean burgers for dinner tonight!


Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries     at 7:29 pm

These look so good, I want to make them now!


Junia @ Mis Pensamientos     at 10:14 pm

this burger looks AMAZING!!!!


Sasha     at 1:04 am

Just wanted to let you know that I made these burgers for breakfast (yes! wanted my veggie servings in as early as possible and isn’t oats traditionally a breakfast item? :)

I added minced fresh ginger and garlic, fresh coriander leaves, lemon juice for an extra Indian touch (I’m an Indian) and it was YUMMY.

I’m SO making this again, and again…

Thank you for the recipe.


Emily Malone Reply:

Awesome – so glad you liked them! Sounds like a good breakfast. :)


Stevie     at 2:20 pm

Thanks for the fantastic recipe! I used sweet potatoes because I always have those around, they came out amazing! Especially with avocado and ketchup, it was a perfect meal!


Natalia - a side of simple     at 4:59 pm

Ah! The first thing I thought when reading the ingredient list for the TJ’s burgers was that they had gluten in it, therefore I couldn’t have them. Lo and behold, you create a gluten-free version. Thank you!!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking     at 10:14 pm

This burger looks soo delicious! I don’t eat regular beef burgers, so I’m always on the lookout for veggie burger recipes. I’m sure this one will be a favorite very, very soon!


Glocal Girl     at 11:41 am

I used to be a vegetarian but started dating a meat-loving European man which influenced meat slowly becoming more integrated in my diet. But, I have a feeling if I make him these he’ll try vegetarianism! They look DELICIOUS! Great job.



Richelle     at 11:58 am

Thanks for the recipe, I am going to have to make those burgers soon.


Autumn Tao     at 12:57 pm

Can’t wait to try those. I fell in love with the originals after you posted about your adoration for them. I faithfully grabbed a box yesterday on my monthly Joe’s shopping trip!

Also, I tried the PB2 stif-fry last week. It was great!! It’s on the dinner menu again for this week. And the brussel sprouts with sesame oil and Braggs were good too. I loved the flavor, but will try halving the sauce next time, as they were a bit saturated in it.

Thanks girl!


Charlie     at 2:58 pm

Those burgers look so yummy! I don’t even remember the last time I made veggie burgers. Need to. Soon.


Sarah     at 9:52 pm

Yum! I JUST finished making these. I used sweet potatoes instead of white and coconut oil instead of olive oil. It made 4 decent sized patties for me. I planned of freezing some, but I think they will all be gone before tomorrow? I think this may be my new favorite food. Delicious recipe. Thank you so much!


Samantha     at 3:42 am

Reporting back…I made these tonight, had one for myself, my boys shared one alongside their supper, and froze the other 4. They are SO GOOD! This is going to be a constantly “in my freezer for a quick meal” staple from now on. Thank you for working out an amazing TJ based recipe for those of us who don’t have access.


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Clea     at 1:59 pm

I’m pretty good at making veggie burgers from scratch, but these Masala burgers have still eluded me and I still buy them occasionally from TJ’s…I’ve been meaning to try creating my own recipe, but thanks to you, I don’t need to! Definitely making these soon. Thank you!


Kat     at 11:58 am

Have you ever tried CURRY ketchup?? I had it in the Netherlands and have never looked back! It’s AMAZING. Check out World Market or the international section of your grocery store… sounds weird, but it’s one of my favorite things!

(even more amazing with sweet potato fries! :-D)


Emily Malone Reply:

YES! My favorite restaurant in Cincinnati has BANANA curry ketchup. I’m obsessed.


BB     at 3:13 pm

Emily, we made these last night and I’m happy to report that my 1 year old loved them. He ate all of his and then started eying mine. I did run into a snag cooking these in a regular skillet (I don’t buy nonstick pans) there was MAJOR stickage. I ended up using a lot more oil both while softening the veggies and browning the patties. What are your thoughts on baking these?


Emily Malone Reply:

So glad you guys liked them! Sorry about the stickage. That’s the tough thing about cooking in regular skillets, and the main reason I rarely use ours. I know some people have issues with non-stick, but if you don’t use it, unfortunately you DO have to up the oil. I would give baking a try. Maybe 15 minutes on each side – flip in the middle? It’s worth a shot!


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Neeraj     at 10:31 pm

I tried this recipe and it worked out great. Absolutely as promised! The oat flour for binding is a great idea. I also threw in some cilantro and spinach to add some more green. Also try adding some chat masala with the garam masala – for a hint of tangy.


Shruti     at 6:00 pm

Thanks a lot for this recipe!
Instead of frying the veggies which might take a long time, theses can also be cooked in a pressure cooker. Made my batch today and they turned out great!


Emily Malone Reply:

Glad it was a hit!


Annie     at 3:59 pm

Hi Emily, I love these burgers and am making a double batch right now to have frozen for easy weekday dinners. They are just the right blend of healthy and hearty. I would love if you did more homemade versions of TJs or other packaged favorites.


Molly     at 9:19 am

Thank you so much for this, my son loves the TJs version, but as they are likely full of GM veggies I can’t buy them for him anymore. This is exactly what I needed. thank you thank you thank you.
P.S. 80% of packaged food contains genetically modified ingredients, very inconvenient.


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sharon     at 2:36 pm

these are so good! i wanted some sort of burger for lunch, but didn’t have time to cook beans… perfect solution! i’ll try to get some turmeric for next time. didn’t have it on hand, so i just eliminated it. still delicious! :)


Sheilda Drapkin     at 11:43 am

I made these today for lunch & for the freezer & they looked exactly like yours. I subbed green peas. My condiment was homemade raita. If I had avocado I would love to have added it – plus some alfalfa sprouts. I would love to see an answer to one of the questions – where can I find thick English muffins like you used?


Emily Malone Reply:

Trader Joe’s!


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Daljit     at 3:20 pm

You will not believe I have thinking to make them as I love veggie burgers from BJ’s though they have too much sodium, I am going to try right now, see how it comes out. Thanks for the idea.


Daljit Reply:

Excellent, veggie patties came out really good. No more BJ’s frozen patties.


Emily Malone Reply:

So glad it was a hit!


Caitlin     at 11:56 am

This is my lunch for the week. I haven’t tried the actual TJ’s masala burger (although it was a struggle to buy all the ingredients when they were sitting there in their box staring at me), but these were awesome. I served them on top of a spinach salad with hummus dressing.


Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 9:25 pm

Amen to that! TJs vegetable masala burgers are definitely one of my favorite veggie burgers of all time. I can’t wait until they finally open a TJs here in Colorado…in 2013!


Christine     at 12:20 am

I love this!! Your voice is amazing. So fresh. Can’t wait to read more from you.
Question: Can this be made while keeping more whole bits/pieces? What would the differences be when making/cooking? (Seriously cant cook over here!) I have a weird thing about completely blended things. I know, weird right? Its like completely ground up granola bars vs. Kind bars with the full nuts ;) Anyway, TJs Veg Masala burgers are my FAVE and I definitely need to make my own.
Thank you so much for this!


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Eileen     at 11:42 am

Thank you for this…I just had TJ’s frozen and got on here and googled ‘vegetable marsala burger recipe’ and Bam! here it is. Thanks for doing all the work and figuring this out. I’m sure I could make a double batch=12, and freeze some for quick meals.


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Ketchup on a masala simmer burger? NEVER! Try tamarand sauce!


Abbey     at 5:07 pm

Thank you so much! These were really delicious! I’m so impressed you came up with a copycat recipe that was even better than the original!


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Mammie     at 2:21 am

Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up
and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.


creepymom     at 7:20 am

over a bed of spinach, under an egg & smothered in sriracha yogurt/mayo and avocado. salt & pepper & cayenne on top. orgasm. you’re welcome.

also thank you so much for this, you’re a god.


Jack     at 10:29 am

Could you ball these up like a meatball with a scooper?


Andra     at 9:37 am

thank you thank you thank you!!!! Hubby bought a box of these last week and they are amazing!! But I realized pretty quickly afterwards that they contained gluten. I didn’t even think to check the box beforehand, I just read vegan and went for it! Still getting used to the whole gluten free thing. Not only have you recreated the recipe, but you have made it gf


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