Houston’s Restaurant Veggie Burgers

I searched the Internet for a recipe for my all-time favorite Veggie Burger. It’s from the restaurant that I’ve only seen in the South – Houston’s.

I found the recipe at the RecipeZaar but I’ve also found it a few other places and I have no idea which is the original, but… – Here is my version of the recipe:

4 tablespoons hickory barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon oat bran
2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped canned beets
2 teaspoons beet juice
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 egg white

I only increased the amount of beets, beet juice and chili powder.

1. Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mash beans. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients — rice through egg white. Form into four 6 oz patties.

3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium. Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture.

These are by far the best Veggie Burgers I’ve ever tried and even though it calls for a few ingredients you may not have on hand – they’re easy to make once you find everything you’ll need.


  • #1 written by Rhizophora
    about 7 years ago

    Wow! Looks like a yummy recipe! And perfect for someone who’s calorie-conscious too! Thanks for this nice post. can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • #2 written by carl lewis
    about 7 years ago

    looks tasty will have to give this a go

  • #3 written by Jay Chedip
    about 7 years ago

    That sounds very tasty! I shall definitely be trying that out. Not sure how easy it is to source tinned beets in the UK, although luckily I do have some in my garden right now.

  • #4 written by Somer
    about 6 years ago

    I will definitely try this one. Veggie burgers are so wonderful. They don’t make me feel guilty or ill after eating them like a regular burger does. We have a restaurant in Sacramento that also makes their veggie burgers from scratch…Tower Cafe, although I’m not sure I could convince them to share the recipe. Thanks for sharing this one!

  • #5 written by Geoff
    about 6 years ago

    Not a big veggie burger fan normally, but I love veggie pizzas. Strange `cos I really like meat.

  • #6 written by Tina
    about 6 years ago

    I’ve never had a veggie burger, although I’m tempted to try. What’s the texture like? I’ve always been concerned they’d be really light and not filling.

  • #7 written by Matt Kay
    about 5 years ago

    I’m a huge fan of Houston’s. Great food, great atmosphere and certainly awesome veggie burgers. This on will be bookmarked.

    Matt Kay

  • #8 written by Ofa
    about 5 years ago

    This recipe looks great! I’m always on the look out for good veggie burger recipes as a lot of store bought ones don’t taste that great although the Realeat ones are pretty tasty and are suitable for vegans too.

  • #9 written by baby safety monitors
    about 5 years ago

    That looks really good. Another good way of doing a veggie burger is to just find a big portabello mushroom and substitute that in for the patty.

  • #10 written by Stacy Sasengbong
    about 5 years ago

    Thank you , I love to read about other vegetarians and vegans as it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipes here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

  • #11 written by Jason
    about 4 years ago

    I may not be a vegan but it seems like a delicious dish. What caught my attention was the word burger. I’m a burger fan.

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