The Best Tempeh Veggie Burger



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A delicious veggie burger that’s made with tempeh and holds together so well you can cook it on the grill! Added bonus, it’s packed with plant-based protein and it’s vegan + gluten-free! This post is sponsored by Lightlife.

Three tempeh veggie burgers stacked.

“This is my favorite tempeh dish you’ve ever made.” Bold statement courtesy of Mr. Isaac. But that’s how good this tempeh burger is!

I’m so glad I created these burgers just in time for grilling season. We honestly grill all year long, and by we, I mean Isaac. I don’t personally grill until it’s warm enough to stand outside for 15 minutes or longer. Right now is the prime time! The warm weather + longer days = a winning grill combination.

Tempeh burgers on the grill

I’m pretty picky when it comes to veggie burgers. A lot of them have crappy ingredients, are soft and mushy, and don’t have a lot of protein. This tempeh burger isn’t any of those things. First up, this is a veggie burger that is packed with plant-based protein which means it will actually fill you up! I try to eat protein with every meal and this burger makes it easy.

Another win: the flavor. The veggies, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar and spices… they all come together to make the tastiest vegetarian (and vegan!) veggie burger you’ve ever had.

Lastly, the texture! It isn’t mushy in the slightest and it holds up so well on the grill.

Tempeh burger mixture in the food processor

I’ll definitely be making these for barbecues and cookouts this summer with friends. Pair them with a tasty sweet potato saladbroccoli raisin salad, jicama fries or sweet potato fries and you’ve got yourself a full meal.

Tempeh burger spread laid out with toppings and tempeh package.

In terms of what brand and type of tempeh to buy, I always recommend Lightlife. It’s the best of the best! For these veggie burgers I really like the Garden Veggie variety, but any of the Lightlife tempeh will work! Learn more about tempeh and see some of my other favorite tempeh recipes.

Tempeh burger with avocado being picked up.

Pro tip: To make sure these burgers hold together well when grilling, let the mixture sit in the fridge for a couple hours before forming into patties. There’s nothing worse than a crumbling burger, am I right?

Tempeh veggie burger hero shot
4.12 from 25 votes

Tempeh Veggie Burgers

A delicious veggie burger that’s made with tempeh and holds together so well you can cook it on the grill! Added bonus, it’s packed with plant-based protein.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 1 8 oz package Garden Veggie Lightlife tempeh
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons oat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • buns and toppings of your choice


  • Cut block of tempeh into 4-6 pieces and place in a pot with water and a steamer basket. Steam for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat with ½ Tablespoon olive oil. Once oil is warm add the onion and carrots into the skillet and cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Let cool.
  • Put the cooked onion and carrot mixture into a food processor with the steamed tempeh, nutritional yeast, oat flour, flaxseed, balsamic vinegar, tamari, coconut sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and paprika.
  • Pulse until everything is chopped and combined — just don’t over-process the mixture because you want the burgers to have a little texture.
  • Transfer the tempeh mixture into a large bowl and let chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Once chilled, form mixture into 2-3 patties. Heat grill to medium heat. Spray grate with nonstick spray and add the patties. Cook each side until browned, about 6-7 minutes total.
  • Put the burgers on a bun and serve with condiments of your choice. I used spicy mustard, onions, lettuce and ketchup.


Serving: 1burger without toppings | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This is, without a doubt, the best veggie burger I’ve ever eaten! I continue to use this recipe, and I freeze the extras for a quick and easy dinner option! Love, love, love them!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. This burger has quickly become a family favorite. I serve the leftover burgers over rice with homemade mushroom gravy. Delish! Quick question though: I cannot find the garden veggie tempeh from Lightlife…have they maybe discontinued it? I just use the tempeh from Trader Joe’s, and the recipe turns out well with that, but I’m curious to try with the type you recommend and can’t locate it.

    1. Hey Yvonne! I’m so glad you’re loving this recipe!! I’m not sure about the garden veggie tempeh, you’d have to check out Lighlife’s website to see if they’re still carrying it! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!!

  3. 1 star
    I followed this recipe to the letter, and got resulting burgers That were gooey and unappetizing. Maybe I should have refrigerated longer. Loved the entire concept but wow. Sad. Will try another veggie burger recipe.

    1. Oh no! So sorry to hear that these burgers didn’t turn out for you, Beth. How long did you refrigerate the burgers before cooking and did you make them on the grill or a pan on the stove?

  4. 5 stars
    Made these for our Labor Day cookout today and they were amazing!!! Love having a veggie burger option that is homemade, clean, and delicious.

    1. Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Christina! So glad these burgers were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  5. 5 stars
    After making this recipe over 20 times I thought I best write a review. This burger is absolutely delicious. It’s a great way to have tempeh and is just so flavourful with lots of great ingredients. Really thank you for providing this recipe. We love to have with a garden salad and spiced roast potatoes. Mmm I’m hungry again! Thanks from the UK

    1. Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you love this recipe, Kimberley. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  6. 5 stars
    I have had the tempeh In my fridge for some time now. I can across a burger recipe and could not remember where i saw it at. Googling brought me to yours.
    Very simple to make. My flax seed went rancid (my fault) so I subbed ground chia. I figure you use this for a binder and chia is interchangeable. I recently had to go gf and have yet found gf oats. So I subbed 1:1 for the oat flour.
    I was short on time so I popped them in the freezer for about 20 mins. I then formed them and pan grilled them.
    My kids gobbled them up and my oldest requested one for his lunch.

    1. So glad you and your kids enjoyed this recipe, Elicia!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  7. 5 stars
    So good! My husband and 3 year old loved them! Definitely repeating! But I expected nothing less. Have loved everything I have tried from this website. Trying both the beet and Lima bean hummus next!

    1. Yay!! So glad this recipe was a hit with your family Kaianne. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

  8. 5 stars
    YUM! We used Tru Tempeh’s split pea bricks- there were perfect with your recipe, Brittany! Delicious, flavorful light dinner. Impressed by how well they held together. Will be a weekly staple.

  9. 5 stars
    These burgers were delicious! I have been on the lookout for a low-carb, high-protein veggie burger and this one did not disappoint! It was pretty easy to form them into patties which I liked. The flavour is also great and not bland at all! I cooked mine on the stovetop; they weren’t fully cooked in the middle but were browsing lots on the outside. This wasn’t an issue since they’re vegan but I just wanted to mention it. I will try BBQing them next time! I will definitely be making these again!

    1. Hi Kayleigh – I am so happy to hear that is recipe was a hit. What temp was your stove at? I would recommend keeping it around medium heat so the outside doesn’t brown quicker than the inside cooks through. Thank you for your review & star rating, I so appreciate it!

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