Vegan Thai Veggie Burger Recipe in Lettuce Wraps {Gluten-Free} (2024)

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Vegan Thai Veggie Burger made with quinoa, lentils, squash and massaman curry paste. Servein lettuce wraps. Soft, spicy and flavorful. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Gluten Free too.

Vegan Thai Veggie Burger Recipe in Lettuce Wraps {Gluten-Free} (1)

Sometimes I forget how much I love vegan veggie burgers. I mean they’re kind of the best. And they’re an endless variety of combinations. So many choices of ingredients. I mean you can make veganchipotle black bean burgers, superfood vegan veggie burgers, sweet potato and squash burgers,zucchini chickpea burgers,vegan sweet potato tofu burgers, you get the idea. The list can go on and on.

This time I wanted an Asian flaire to my veggie burgers.

Massaman curry. Why not right? At home my go to brand of Thai curry paste is always always always Maesri. I have tried so many different curry pastes on the market and find this one has the strongest flavor with the freshest spices and ingredients. This one is the closest one to an authentic hand pounded Thai curry paste (and trust me after about a dozen Thai cooking classes all over Thailand, I should know).

Now thebest thing you can do is obviously make your own Thai curry paste, but let’s face it who’s got the time? I have had that on my to-do list for the last 2 years, along with a million other tasks I’ve decided to mentally place on there and conveniently never get to. So for now the pre-bought stuff will have to do.

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Since I am currently in Colombia I sadly could not find my go to Maersi pasteand had to go with one of their brands. Tear tear. Nowhere near as good, but I had to make do. The base of these Thai veggie burger is quinoa + red lentils + squash.

I’m find of obsessed with red lentils. They’re just the best, and I don’t know what’s going on in US supermarkets but I could not find them anywhere (thankfully Whole Foods had them). So when I saw them in Colombia I bought the biggest bag there was – 3 pounds. And now I’m brainstorming red lentil recipes until the end of time.

And it turns out a vegan Thai veggie burger is the perfect use for them. I boiled the diced squash and lentils together (adding too much water, as always) and this wouldn’t be as much of a problem if I had a strainer, which the apartment seems to be lacking. In that case resort to the good old balancing act of the lid over the pot, letting a tiny stream of water run out, but making sure not to let those miniature lentils out. It’s a test of patience to say the least.

Then mix the rest of the ingredients together, mashing in the squash as you go. Add in lots of fluffy and crunchy gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (best breadcrumbs ever by the way) and start forming patties. For extra crunch and flavor dip those formed patties in more panko and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Pan fry and serve this Thai Veggie Burger in lettuce wraps (who needs empty bread carbs and calories?) topped with chopped tomatoes, sesame seeds and a vegan aioli.

This Thai veggie burger is kind of my new favorite meatless vegan dinner right here.

As a side note – the Thai veggie burger is on the soft side. They are not super firm which is just how I like them, but for those who want a very firm burger I suggest adding more panko and adding a chia or flax egg.

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Vegan Thai Veggie Burger

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

30 mins

Total Time

45 mins

Vegan Thai Veggie Burger made with quinoa, lentils, squash and massaman curry. Perfect served in lettuce wraps. Soft, spicy and flavorful. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Gluten Free too


Cuisine:American, Asian, Healthy, Thai, Vegan

Servings: 4

Calories: 344 kcal

Author: Vicky Berman


  • 1cupcooked quinoa
  • 1/2cupred lentils
  • 1cupdiced squash
  • 2-3tablespoonsmasamman curry paste
  • 1tablespoongluten free tamari
  • 1tablespoonminced garlic
  • 1tablespoonminced ginger
  • 1/2 - 1cupgluten free panko breadcrumbs+ additional panko for dredging
  • 4tablespoonsroasted sesame seeds
  • 2-3tablespoonscoconut oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 3tablespoonsvegan mayonnaise
  • 1tablespoonlime juice
  • 1tablespoongluten free tamari
  • For serving: chopped tomatoeslettuce leaves


  1. In a pot combine lentils, squash and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook until lentils and squash are soft and cooked through. Drain.

  2. In a large bowl combine lentils, squash and quinoa. Smash the squash and mix everything together.

  3. Add curry paste, garlic, ginger and tamari. Mix. Add 1/2 to 1 cup panko, depending on how moist your mixture is.

  4. Form patties with your hands and dip into additional panko mixed with sesame seeds.

  5. Heat pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Pan fry thai veggie burgers for a few minutes per side until browned.

  6. Repeat with remaining veggie burgers adding more oil as needed.

  7. Combine the sauce ingredient in a small bowl, vegan mayonnaise, lime juice and tamari. Mix until smooth.

  8. Serve in lettuce wraps topped with tomatoes, sesame seeds, and vegan aioli.

Recipe Notes

As a side note - these veggie burgers are on the soft side. They are not super firm which is just how I like them, but for those who want a very firm burger I suggest adding more panko and adding a chia or flax egg.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Thai Veggie Burger

Amount Per Serving

Calories 344Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Fat 19g29%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Sodium 571mg25%

Potassium 474mg14%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 10g42%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 4900IU98%

Vitamin C 10.7mg13%

Calcium 129mg13%

Iron 4.2mg23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegan Thai Veggie Burger Recipe in Lettuce Wraps {Gluten-Free} (2024)


What binds a veggie burger together? ›

Common binding agents include flax eggs (a mixture of ground flaxseed and water), chia seeds, mashed potatoes, tapioca flour, or even your favorite nut butter. These ingredients help hold everything together and prevent your burger from crumbling.

What is a non egg binder for veggie burgers? ›

Adding flour or oats can help the burgers stick together, without using eggs. Mash everything together well. The more pulverized the veggie burger mixture gets, the better the patties will stick together. (But don't puree them, or the final texture will be off.)

Are any veggie burgers gluten free? ›

Praeger's makes a variety of veggie burgers, and over a dozen flavors are gluten-free, including: Mushroom Risotto, Heirloom Bean, Black Bean Quinoa, California Veggie, Kale Veggie, and Super Greens.

Are Amy's veggie burgers gluten free? ›

Amy's Organic Sonoma Veggie Burger patty enhances every vegetable-based meal while keeping it completely gluten free without sacrificing taste.

What is the best vegan binder for veggie burgers? ›

Use Silken Tofu, a Flax Egg, or Aquafaba as a Vegan Binder.

It is nice and thick, firms up similarly to how an egg cooks, and it's almost impossible for anything to fall apart when using it. It does need to be blended with water first; not a big deal, just a little less convenient.

What can I use as a binder for vegan burger? ›

Eggs are the most common and effective binder, and egg replacers are an excellent alternative for vegan burgers. Other common binders include wheat germ, bread crumbs, oats, and ground flaxseeds. These are dry ingredients, though the recipe's other ingredients often add just enough moisture to make a sufficient binder.

How do you make vegan burgers stick together? ›

Flax: ground flaxseed is our egg substitute to help the patties stick together so they don't fall apart when you cook them. Sriracha: for flavor and a bit of heat! Spices: For those times when you could think of nothing worse than chopping an onion.

What is a vegan binder to replace eggs? ›

Combine a tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water, stir to combine, and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken. Ground flaxseed emulates eggs' binding qualities in breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, burgers, and vegan meatballs.

How do you keep homemade burgers from falling apart? ›

Chill or freeze your burgers

"This will help them keep their shape when they're cooking and stop them falling apart." You can also freeze them before cooking. Lay them on a tray in the freezer and, once they're frozen, pop them into freezer bags to save space. To defrost them, lay them back on the tray.

Are MorningStar veggie burgers gluten free? ›

Are MorningStar Farms® and Incogmeato® products gluten free? MorningStar Farms® and Incogmeato® foods are not gluten free. Always refer to the ingredient list on your package for information on the product you have purchased.

Is Beyond veggie burger gluten free? ›

The protein in the Beyond Burger® comes from peas, mung beans and rice. It is made with simple, plant-based ingredients without GMOs, soy, gluten or bioengineered ingredients.

Are Gardein burgers gluten free? ›

Gardein veggie burgers are gluten free, and cook up in just 8 minutes on the grill. Meatless, well done! Gardein is 100% plant-protein, Certified Vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified.

Are Aldi veggie burgers gluten-free? ›

Made from a combo of carrots, peas, zucchini, corn, string beans, spinach, corn and other vegetables, their protein sources include edamame, potato starch, soy protein flour, organic wheat-free tamari, and chickpeas. The burgers are also gluten free!

Are Burger King veggie burgers gluten-free? ›

The first version of the Impossible patty used wheat protein, so it wasn't gluten-free. Version 2.0 being deployed by Burger King is gluten-free, though the Impossible Whopper itself, with its sesame seed bun, isn't gluten-free, of course.

What can I use as a binder in burgers? ›

One of the most common substitutes is breadcrumbs, but sometimes the breadcrumbs can fall off when the burgers are cooking if there are too many or they are too dry. Other popular substitutions for eggs include cornstarch, flour, ketchup, porridge oats, cracker crumbs, and ground flaxseed.

How do you bind vegan bean burgers? ›

Panko breadcrumbs: breadcrumbs help the burgers bind together and create a nice firm texture. You can use gluten free panko if needed! Regular or Italian-style is great. Flax: ground flaxseed is our egg substitute to help the patties stick together so they don't fall apart when you cook them.

What ingredient is used to bind burgers? ›

Bind the patty together

If you're going for a leaner meat or adding bulky ingredients (eg spring onions, onions, chillies), add an egg and a handful of breadcrumbs to bind the burgers.

What can I add to burgers to hold them together? ›

Add 1 egg yolk per pound of hamburger. It won't add appreciably to the fat content and will bind the meat beautifully. The other thing you can do is add canned, drained, crushed black beans or chickpeas to the hamburger. The starch from the beans will bind the meat together and add an interesting taste.

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