Ultimate Meatball Burger From Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook

Ultimate Meatball Burger From Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook

From the first bite to the last, you’ll love the warm, comforting flavor of this hearty vegan meatball burger from Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook by Sophia DeSantis.

Ultimate Vegan Meatball Burger

This amazing vegan Meatball Burger is brought to you today from the new cookbook, Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia DeSantis…..plant-based eater, mother of three & food blogger for Veggies Don’t Bite.  Keep reading for book details, recipe & GIVEAWAY.  Jump to Recipe

Reprinted with permission from Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia DeSantis, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photo credit: Sophia DeSantis

What’s Inside Vegan Burgers and Burritos

Say goodbye to dry, boring and overly processed meals and hello to easy, fun and delicious veggie burgers and burritos.  27 Burgers and 26 Burritos to be exact with 19 Sauces and 4 bonus Side Dishes to entice your tastebuds even more! All of which are made from whole, plant-based foods, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Vegan burgers that are chockfull of grains, densely packed nutrients and finished with a smothering of sauce and toppings that will tempt even your meat-loving friends.

Here’s a quick look at some of the tempting combinations found in this cookbook:

  • My Big Fat Greek Burger (made with chickpeas and homemade tzatziki sauce)
  • The All-American, Football in a Bun (bringing the union of potatoes chips, onion dip + veggies)
  • Buffalo Wing Sliders (think of this as crispy cauliflower with a kick- my family’s favorite)
  • Chipotle and Lime Forever Burrito (a classic using black beans + avocado)
  • Veggie Packed Pizza Burritos smothered in Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce (Italy meets Mexico)
  • Frito Pie Pouches with THE Vegan Sour Cream (a healthy Tex-Max indulgence)
Ultimate Meatball Burger by Sophia DeSantis

Lifestyle Photos by Chris Nelson Photography

Team Burger, Team Burrito or Team Sauce

Which team are you on?  You can see from the sweet pic of Sophia and her family above, it’s a tough decision that even they can’t agree on.  Currently, I’m on Team Burger, especially after enjoying every bite of this Ultimate Meatball Burger.  However, after making the Buffalo Wing Sliders, my children said it was the amazing hot sauce batter that tipped the scale in Team Sauce’s favor.

Easy Pizza Sauce for meatball burger

Reprinted with permission from Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia DeSantis, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photo credit: Sophia DeSantis

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

Speaking of sauce, the Ultimate Meatball Burger would just be a burger without a heavy helping of Sophia’s Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce (don’t worry, I included that in the recipe below as well).  According to Sophia, “sauce is the frosting on the cake, the chocolate chips on the cookie” and I couldn’t agree more.  Why should healthy food be boring?  I want to be excited about the foods I am eating and I also want my family to devour it with reckless abandon!

Ultimate Vegan Meatball Burger

Ultimate Meatball Burger

This mouth-watering, flavorful patty can easily be mistaken for a real meatball and that’s no joke!  It’s a hearty burger filled with mushrooms and greens in addition to loads of protein.  Follow the recommendations for making it gluten-free and if you need to be nut-free like us, then substitute 1/4 cup chopped sunflower seeds in place of the walnuts, like we did.  Absolutely delizioso!

Ultimate Vegan Meatball Burger

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A deliciously hearty burger to fulfill any meat-lover, topped with the perfect homemade pizza sauce, for an all-in-one type of meal! 


Meatball Burger Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped kale, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp  chopped garlic
  • Low-sodium veggie broth (about ½ cup or drizzle of oil ,for sautéing
  • 1 ½ cups cooked brown or green lentils
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (gluten-free if needed)
  • ½ cup oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (or sunflower seeds for nut-free option)
  • ¼ cup  Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp (2 g) dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Quick-and-Easy Pizza Sauce

  • 1 cup (230 g) tomato paste
  • ½ cup (118 ml) low-sodium veggie broth
  • 1 tbsp (2 g) dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp (2 g) dried basil
  • 2 tsp (1 g) dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ to 1 tsp crushed red pepper, optional (see notes)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


  1. Sauté the mushrooms, kale and garlic with broth or oil over medium heat until the mushrooms are soft and the liquid has evaporated, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Place the the lentils, bread crumbs, oats, walnuts/seeds, sauce, thyme, basil, oregano and salt in a food processor and pulse until well chopped. You want a crumble like texture. Check to make sure the mixture sticks together, and if it doesn’t, pulse some more, but make sure it doesn’t turn into a purée. You can also add a bit more pizza sauce if it doesn't stick yet, however, you don’t want it to be too wet.
  3. Place the mushrooms, kale and garlic into the processor, making sure not to add any leftover juices, and pulse a few times until everything is well chopped and incorporated. If the ingredients aren’t mixed after a few pulses, put the mixture in a bowl and mix it with your hands. Place the mixture into a bowl, and put it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes; an hour is best. Making this the day before and letting it sit overnight is optimal. This helps all flavors marinate and leads to a sturdier burger.
  4. To cook, shape the mixture into patties. If you’re not using a nonstick pan, then you may want to prepare the pan by brushing it with a tad of oil to avoid sticking. Place the patties in a pan on the stovetop over medium heat for 15 minutes on each side. Pans and stovetops vary, so begin to check the patties at 10 minutes. If you try to slide your spatula under a patty and it won’t give, then it isn’t ready and needs to cook longer. You can also bake the patties on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 375F for about 20 to 25 minutes on each side.
  5. Allow the patties to cool and set for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve on buns with the toppings of your choice.

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce Instructions

  • Put the tomato paste, broth, thyme, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, maple syrup, crushed red pepper and black pepper in a bowl and mix well.


Kids: Make patties into a smaller slider size or into nuggets. Serve sauce on the side as a dipper.

Sauce Notes: This sauce is best if made ahead of time and the flavors are allowed to marinate. This also helps the dried herbs to soften and allows the spices to fully combine with the tomato paste. If your sauce seems a little “gritty,”then allow it to sit longer. You can speed this up by heating it slightly. You can use water instead of broth, but the broth adds great flavor. Add more or less broth for the consistency you like. Add more or less crushed red pepper to achieve the level of spice you prefer, or leave it out altogether.

Courses Entree, vegan

Cuisine Italian

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I hope you love this Ultimate Meatball Burger as much as we do! When you give this recipe a try, leave me a comment below with your feedback.  Share your photos too!  You can find me on BloglovinInstagram and/ or Facebook and be sure to tag @allergylicious so I don’t miss it. Most importantly, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win of copy of Vegan Burgers and Burritos

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  • Dee Johnson
    Posted at 15:07h, 06 December Reply

    Team burger for sure! Yum!

  • Sam @ Bites of Wellness
    Posted at 08:49h, 07 December Reply

    I can’t decide if I would be team burger or team burrito but I don’t think I’ll be let down with either!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:30h, 07 December Reply

      I’ve tried some of her burritos and you are right, you wouldn’t be disappointed either way

  • Leslie
    Posted at 09:31h, 07 December Reply

    This has me drooling. It LOOKS like a hamburger! The pics are gorgeous!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:28h, 07 December Reply

      Sophia does such an amazing job making drool-worthy vegan burgers!

    Posted at 10:17h, 07 December Reply

    All of them make the perfect and delicious combination and they make the perfect team if I have to pick one is team burger. Thanks for the yummy chance 🙂 very generous.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:28h, 07 December Reply

      They do make the perfect team and so hard to pick one, right?

  • Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    Posted at 14:20h, 07 December Reply

    Wow! That vegan meatball burger is STACKED! It looks incredible!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:57h, 09 December Reply

      Can’t take credit for it unfortunately, but I did eat it all up and it was pretty incredible. Hope you get to try it soon.

  • Kristina
    Posted at 15:31h, 07 December Reply

    this is such a fun book, and this burger is on my list! 🙂

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:54h, 09 December Reply

      Did you enter to win the book? Then you can make all of the burgers.

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 16:11h, 07 December Reply

    This is just a whole lotta wow! I love how monstrous that veggie burger is and can’t believe how healthy the ingredients are.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:54h, 09 December Reply

      I know! Sophia sure does not disappoint.

  • Sandi
    Posted at 16:11h, 07 December Reply

    That is some burger! I love it!

  • Lydia Claire
    Posted at 17:12h, 07 December Reply

    I’m definitely team burrito, but I do enjoy burgers too!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:53h, 09 December Reply

      What’s your favorite burrito toppings Lydia?

  • Amanda
    Posted at 19:26h, 07 December Reply

    Where do I even start? My husband is salivating looking at this picture while my mom is exclaiming “What is that?” No one will even miss the meat!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:51h, 09 December Reply

      That’s the kind of side commentary you want to hear!

  • Maqhi
    Posted at 06:08h, 08 December Reply

    Can’t I be on 3 teams? I always was an overachiever! This is the most awesome veggie burger I have ever seen!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:51h, 09 December Reply

      You ARE an overachiever but I love it! We should make a burger burrito drenched in sauce, then we get all 3.

  • Audrey Roberts
    Posted at 18:18h, 08 December Reply

    This looks so amazing! I don’t think my family would miss the meat, especially with the sauce on top.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 23:50h, 09 December Reply

      2 of my 5 still crave a burger now and when they have a burger like this…it satisfies.

  • Corrine
    Posted at 20:27h, 09 December Reply

    I’m team burger but burritos are great too!

  • Megan
    Posted at 22:41h, 09 December Reply

    That patty sound sooo flavorful. I’m usually a burger gal, but I’d go meatless for this recipe!

  • deepika
    Posted at 06:11h, 30 January Reply

    This burger is so giant that one is enough for me
    thank you for sharing

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 14:51h, 01 February Reply

      It is a rather large burger! Perfect to share.

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