Recipe: Element's vegan burger

Taking part in Veganuary this month, or just looking for some healthy, tasty recipes to add to your weeknight repertoire? Element’s vegan burger is so good, you won’t even miss the meat.

Packed with flavour from black beans, beetroot and mushrooms, this burger is just one of many vegan recipes Edinburgh-based bar and restaurant Element have on their menu. They’ve shared their secret recipe so you can go plant-based at home this January.


Element’s vegan burger recipe


Ingredients (makes 6-8 burgers):

  • 1 cup cooked rice

  • 1 cup walnuts

  • 250g mushrooms

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • ½  tsp ground cumin

  • 1 cup black beans

  • ½  small beetroot, grated

  • ½  cup gluten-free flour

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • Vegetable oil

  • ½  large onion, finely diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½  tsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs

To serve:

  • Seeded rolls

  • Salad

  • Vegan cheese

  • Potato wedges


  1. First, cook the rice according to packet instructions.

  2. Blitz the walnuts in an electric food processor. Add the mushrooms and blitz again.

  3. Cook the mixture until the liquid evaporates, then add the soy sauce and cumin. Stir the ingredients together and then remove from the heat and set aside.

  4. In a separate pan, sauté off the onions then add the garlic, tomato paste and seasoning. Add the beans to the pan and mix well. Remove the mixture from the pan and blitz in an electric mixer until smooth.  

  5. Add the walnut mix, beetroot, mustard, flour, breadcrumbs and cooked rice to the mix and stir well until everything is fully combined.

  6. Shape the mixture into burger patties. Fry the burgers in a pan with a little vegetable oil until golden brown and piping hot in the middle.

  7. Serve on a bun with your choice of salad, vegan cheese, potato wedges or anything else you fancy!