Homemade Oil-Free Veggie Burger

This oil-free, and 100% healthy veggie burger is the perfect snack to make when you’re in a hurry.

But what about buns? How can it possibly be healthy? Well, the answer is, it’s healthy relative to conventional buns you get from a supermarket or from a fast-food franchise.

They are usually high in sugar; therefore, they often contain fat in the shortening. The buns must also meet certain requirements to keep the shape, not crumble and avoid being soggy for long periods of time. Put the conventional bun aside and let’s concentrate on the homemade “healthy version”.

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Conventional buns

Why oil-free veggie burgers are healthy?

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Veggie burger (vegan)

The veggie burger

To make veggie burgers, you need an onion, garlic, brown or red lentils, chili pepper and spices for seasoning. Here are the health benefits of the ingredients.

Garlic and Onions contain sulfur compounds such as allicin which are powerful for cancer prevention of the gastrointestinal tract.

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Organic garlic and onion

Lentils are rich in polyphenols which are micronutrients that are packed with antioxidants. Several studies have shown that consuming lentils regularly is linked to the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancers and cardiovascular diseases due to its bioactive compounds. 

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Different types of lentils

Chili pepper – promotes longevity. Recent studies confirmed that people who ate chili pepper regularly compared to those who never or rarely ate had lower rates of death due to cardiovascular disease (by 26%), cancer (by 23%), or any cause (by 25%).

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Green, fresh, hot chili peppers

Paprika is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s particularly high in vitamin A.  One teaspoon (2 grams) providing 21% of your daily needs for vitamin A.

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Sweet paprika

Salt contains sodium chlorides which can play an essential role in several biological functions, including fluid balance, nerve conduction and muscle contraction.

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Pink himalayan salt

The Baps

For the baps I used white flour ( it’s better to use whole wheat flour), yeast and sugar to activate the yeast and salt for seasoning.

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Wheat flour vs. Whole-wheat flour

Note! White flour has no fibre as most bran and germ are removed. it slows down digestion which creates a sluggish metabolism and can often lead to weight gain if consumed regularly.

Whole wheat flour is a much healthier option as it made by grinding wheat kernels into a powder which contains all the nutrients that are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to building muscle mass. A diet that is rich in fibre, may greatly reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer or heart disease. Minerals are important in maintaining ionic balances and in many biochemical reactions.

Tomato Relish

The main ingredient is tomato. Tomatoes are the richest dietary sources of lycopene which has been linked to many health benefits in decreasing risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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Home-made tomato sauce

Pickled Jalapeños – contain capsaicin which has many health benefits such as helping with weight loss, lower ulcer risk, pain relief and improve heart health. Capsaicin has been found to have anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties. Especially powerful at slowing the growth of common foodborne bacteria and yeasts. Eating jalapeños can prevent stomach ulcers and improve overall health.

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Bowl with sliced pickled jalapeno peppers

Lastly, enjoy this home-made recipe of the baps, the burger, and the relish that are delicious, flavourful and healthy.

Bon Appétit

Homemade oil-free veggie burger (vegan)

Veggie Burger

These veggie burgers are easy to make. They are healthy and packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fibre and most importantly they are oil-free. They are delicious, satisfying, and keeps you feel full for longer.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 3623 kcal


  • pressure cooker
  • Air Fryer



  • 375 g strong white bread flour
  • 7 g fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 250 ml water

Veggie Burgers

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 cups brown lentils
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Saltand paper for seasoning

Tomato Relish

  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 whole jalapeno pickle
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp liquid from pickling jalapeno

To Serve

  • Lettuce
  • Tofu or Vegan Cheese
  • Onion


  • Start with activating the yeast. In a large bowl add the yeast, salt, sugar and lukewarm water 250ml give it a good stir and leave it for 10 minutes. Once the yeast has been activated add the flour and give it a good mix. Then tip out the dough onto to the heard surface and knead the dough for 5 – 8 minutes until smooth and soft texture.
  • Cover the dough with the towel and live in a warm place until the dough doubled in size, usually  30 – 40 minutes.
  • Add in pressure cooker onion, garlic, green chilli, lentils, paprika, and seasoning then add water and pressurise for 8 minutes.
  • Mash the lentil with the fork/masher into a consistent and smooth mixture. Shape into burgers, place on a prepared baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes to firm up.  (You can make it the day before and leave in the freezer overnight.
  • Divide the risen dough into 8 equal pieces and shape each piece into a loose ball, cup each ball of dough with your hands to make them look bun-shaped. Place them on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Set an air-fryer/oven to 180°C then bake them for 10–15 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the ketchup relish. Blend the tomato paste, garlic, jalapeno pickle, chilli powder and sea salt together. Set aside.
  • Fry the burgers over medium-high heat for 4–5 minutes on each side,  or bake in the oven or grill until cooked through.
  • To serve, slice 8 buns in half horizontally. Spread a spoonful of tomato relish over the base of each bun. Place the burgers on top of the tomato relish. Place a slice of vegan cheese on top of each burger. Spoon another spoonful of relish over each burger. Top each with lettuce leaves and a ring of onion.


Calories: 3623kcalCarbohydrates: 681gProtein: 198gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 5098mgPotassium: 7329mgFiber: 196gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 3378IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 501mgIron: 66mg
Keyword oil-free, veggie burger, vegan burger, plant-based burger
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About the Author

<a href="https://strongwithplants.com/author/inga/" target="_self">Inga K</a>

Inga K

Inga became vegan in March 2018. After a series of documentaries that hit hard, she and her husband switched to a plant-based diet within a week and vegan soon after.Inga has a UK Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition.

Strongwithplants.com is a blog for anyone who strives for a healthy and happy life. We share 100% plant-based (and often healthy and oil-free) recipes and give you the best tips on finding vegan local food whilst travelling and living a plant-based lifestyle focusing on good health and spiritual wellbeing.

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  1. Ivana

    5 stars
    This looks so good! I never made a homemade vegan burger so this sounds amazing! Love vegan alternatives 🙂

  2. Jean

    5 stars
    I love homemade burgers they are healthy and delicious!

  3. Chloe

    This looks really good, going to have a go at making these soon.

  4. Evie

    First, I love the plant based burgers! Sounds so delicious with the lentils. Second I love that you are frying them without oil. We’ve never done that, but it would be so much healthier. Do you find that the burgers stick to the pan or do you use anything to grease your pan at all?

    • Inga K

      Most of the time I use an air-fryer which does not require any oil. Occasionally, I use a non-stick pan, if it’s starting to stick then I add a tiny bit of water. I no longer have any cooking oil at home 🙂

  5. Kelly

    I’ve had veggie burgers before, but I’ve never made them myself. We just made burgers last night, although a less healthy version, so I’ll have to try this next time!

  6. Ronald

    5 stars
    Homemade veggie burgers are the best! And this recipe looks delicious and super healthy, the perfect combination. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Headphonesthoughts

    5 stars
    This burger looks amazing, I’m not really a fan of Jalapeno though so I would probably take that out.


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