ultimate grain-free egg-free veggie burger with tahini basil pepper sauce

by purelytwins

Happy Friday friends!!
Hope you’re doing well today! It’s freezing here. But nothing like bundling up and having a warm burger to keep me warm.

When you think of veggie burgers, what comes to mind? Black beans? Sweet potato? Soy based? Not good?  Well, friends we have the ultimate veggie burger that is free of all those things and tastes AMAZING!  Yes, amazing! Promise.

Nothing like a good veggie burger to get you through Friday. We mean, you’ve got this yummy meal to look forward to!  And most of these ingredients you might already have at home.

Grain-free, egg-free, soy-free, legume-free plantain veggie burger with plantain bread buns topped with tahini basil pepper sauce.

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A plantain veggie seed burger… as it contains two of our favorites: hemp seeds and sunflower seeds.

Hemp seeds are a great protein source,  contains omega-3 fats, all 20 amino acids and a rich source of phytonutrients. We adore hemp seeds and hemp protein powder. We always have some in our fridge.

Sunflower seeds are good source of selenium and contain magnesium, copper and Vitamin E. Another seed that we adore! Perfect for making savory dishes like this burger!

grain free plantain burger bun

And our plantain bread makes the perfect burger bun for these burgers.

To make them as buns, we just cooked them in a muffin pan to make more individual buns that we sliced in half.  Excellent!

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It’s been a really long time since we’ve made a veggie vegan burger and we are sure glad we decided to make a new recipe.

This is now our FAVORITE veggie burger!

And we have this feeling that it will soon be yours too.


A few things that we love about this veggie burger recipe is that it contains no legumes, no soy and no nuts.

Again, we are not necessarily saying veggie burgers made from those are bad. We just prefer not to use them. Just our preference.

We actually thought of this plantain burger before Christmas. And just finally got around to creating it; guess better late than never, right?

savory paleo vegan plantain burgerWe knew we wanted to create a savory recipe using plantains.

And a burger came to mind. Again we are glad it did!

We also love a good veggie burger with some texture. So we did not pulse our hemp seeds and sunflower seeds completely.

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And the tahini pepper sauce on top… need we say more?

It really completes this whole veggie burger experience. A touch of basil and sweetness. YUM!

Everything just blends so well together making it the ultimate veggie burger.

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veggie plantain burger with tahini pepper spread

Seriously so good.  A warm, sturdy, delicious veggie burger.

And made from just 7 simple ingredients.  One spectacular veggie burger if we do say so ourselves!! We are pretty darn proud of how well it turned out. Definitely going to be a recipe we make often.

Even Gary, not so thrilled about veggie burgers, loves these burgers. He took a bite and said wow those are really good 😉

plantain veggie burgers with plantain buns

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Let’s get ready to eat some veggie burgers!

We are so excited to share this recipe with you.

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Here’s your burger recipe.


grain-free egg-free plantain veggie burger with tahini basil pepper sauce

Healthy grain-free gluten-free egg-free nut-free soy-free legume-free plantain based veggie seed burger with tahini pepper basil sauce. Served with plantain bread as the bun! A dream veggie burger made from simple ingredients and tasty amazing!



Veggie burger:

  • 1 large greenish/yellowish plantain (7oz or 200g once peeled)
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds (grind whole seeds into meal)
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 12 fresh leaves of basil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (could use a nut butter you like, might change the taste some)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (could use maple syrup or coconut nectar to keep it vegan)

Tahini peper basil sauce:

  • 1 red pepper (organic if possible)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon honey (use maple syrup or coconut nectar to keep it vegan)
  • And for the bun use one recipe of plantain bread


  1. First need to peel and steam plantain. **Could try baking the plantain whole if you don’t have a steamer, in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes.
  2. Next, place ground sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, mushrooms, basil and steamed plantain into a food processor.
  3. Pulse.
  4. Next add in tahini and honey.
  5. Pulse until together. You can pulse as little or as much as you like. We left ours slightly chunky.
  6. Batter should be very easy to work with. A little sticky but easy to mold into burger shapes.
  7. Once all batter is shaped as burger place on a skillet on medium heat. We recommend putting coconut oil or butter in the skillet as it helps cook the veggie burgers better.
  8. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  9. Next make tahini pepper sauce.
  10. Place red pepper, tahini, basil and honey into a mini food processor. Blend together. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons water to help blend.
  11. And if you want a bun we used our plantain bread. Follow directions here but bake in muffin pan to make individual buns.
  12. Slice buns in half.
  13. And start to build the burger. Top with tahini pepper sauce.
  14. And enjoy.

We hope you enjoy making this veggie burgers as much as we did! Perfect to enjoy this weekend.

Do you like veggie burgers? What do you like to top your burgers with? Do you like going bun-less? Share your purely thoughts below.


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Can’t wait to make these again here soon! And we are already thinking of other burger flavors we could do!


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Michelle January 17, 2014 - 9:50 am

These look AMAZING! I’m so excited to try making these- the simple ingredients list is perfect. I looove whole foods veggie burgers (aka no soy or gluten junk) and I’ll definitely be making these- thank ladies! One question though- I love steaming my veggies, so I’d definitely steam the plantain, but are we looking for soft and kind of mushy, or more firm? XOXO

purelytwins January 17, 2014 - 11:05 am

you want to be able to easily pierce a fork through the plantain, not mushy just soft and easy to blend 🙂

Meg January 17, 2014 - 10:24 am

Gasp, these veggie burgers are even PALEO friendly! I’ve been craving a veggie burger and can’t wait to try these wrapped in a paleo wrap with that lovely looking sauce on top. Tahini is the nectar of the gods!! Thanks for the egg free recipes…keep em coming!

purelytwins January 17, 2014 - 11:21 am

oh yes Paleo friendly indeed 🙂 enjoy Meg!! xoxo

Angie January 17, 2014 - 12:37 pm

What could I use instead of plantains as I don’t think we have those in Australia…

purelytwins January 17, 2014 - 1:43 pm

not sure – maybe sweet potato or garbanzo beans.

lindsay January 17, 2014 - 2:24 pm

i haven no words… Just drool. Yet again

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felicity January 17, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Since you’re baking the plantain bread in a muffin tin, approximately how much batter goes in each muffin mold and how long do you have to cook it for so that the thicker bun cooks through

purelytwins January 17, 2014 - 7:43 pm

think we got 8 or 9 muffins. we used one large cookie scooper to spoon plantain bread batter into muffin tin, we cooked for about 16-18mins

She Rocks Fitness January 17, 2014 - 9:20 pm

You ladies are AMAZING with your plantain recipes…I want to come over for dinner so badly! We’ll have to do a workout before thought…HAHA!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Tableain January 18, 2014 - 12:12 am

Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! I love the burger… but the sauce! So simple, yet perfect combo. I can almost taste it from here. 🙂

Yead January 18, 2014 - 3:56 am

These look like so good. I love this food. Great idea.

aubrey January 19, 2014 - 12:38 pm

That’s so creative:)

purelytwins January 19, 2014 - 6:16 pm

thanks Aubrey!

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Jenifer January 21, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Wow finally some dish perfect for me 🙂 I love burgers and this one is still healthy 🙂

Liz January 22, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Can you replace the hemp seeds with more sunflower seeds?

purelytwins January 22, 2014 - 6:03 pm

yes you can Liz

Liz January 24, 2014 - 9:45 pm

I made these burgers with the sauce (and the avocado) for dinner tonight — SOOOOO Good! Thank you for the great recipe, I’m trying to do a vegan-paleo thing and it’s not easy to find recipes that fit, so this is a great find. 🙂

purelytwins January 25, 2014 - 7:37 am

so happy to hear it Liz!!! yay enjoy 🙂

Anonymous February 7, 2014 - 10:44 pm

The link for the plantain bread recipe leads you to http://purelytwins.com/2011/01/28/sweet-lentil-brussel-burgers/

purelytwins February 8, 2014 - 11:55 am

thanks for letting us know, it has been updated

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About how many burgers does this recipe make? Any ideas what could replace the mushrooms? Thank you!

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Is there a way to make the buns vegan (egg-free)?

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