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Spicy Cauliflower Burgers With Sweet Potato Buns

This cauliflower burger recipe makes the most flavorful, delicious, and filling vegetarian burger I've ever had! And to make the burgers even more delicious and healthy, I used sweet potato buns.
Categories Burger, Clean, Sandwich, Vegetarian
Difficulty Easy
Keyword cauliflower burger
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 415 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


For The Cauliflower Patties:

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt divided
  • 3 eggs

For the Toppings:


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Break the cauliflower into florets and lay out on the baking sheet.

  3. Drizzle with about a tablespoon of olive oil, the ground cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp. sea salt and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and roast until until lightly browned and caramelized, about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Once the cauliflower is tender, allow to cool. Then, very quickly pulse in a food processor to form small, evenly sized pieces. We don't want puree the cauliflower, just to break it up into small pieces so it sticks together.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked, broken-down cauliflower, cooked quinoa, almond meal, eggs, and the remaining 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Mix until well incorporated.

  7. Form into 6 even patties.

  8. To cook the patties, we’re going to place onto a hot pan over medium-high heat with a little olive oil and cook the patty until golden brown on each side, flipping very carefully to avoid breaking. Repeat with the remaining patties.
  9. Next we need to prep our other toppings.
  10. To make the quick avocado lime spread, combine an avocado with 1/2 tsp. sea salt and 1 tsp. lime juice and mash together, then set aside.
  11. To make the crunchy cabbage slaw, combine the thinly sliced red cabbage, 1/4 tsp. sea salt, and a tbsp. of lime juice.
  12. For the buns, I’m using my sweet potato rolls recipe, except instead of shaping the dough into rolls, I flatten the rolls into a hamburger bun.

  13. To assemble the burgers, start off with spreading the avocado mash generously over the bottom bun, followed by the cooked spicy cauliflower quinoa burger, and then the red cabbage slaw. Drizzle the ranch dressing generously over the top, and then top off with the rest of the bun to make a seriously amazing (and vegetarian!) burger.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Cauliflower Burgers With Sweet Potato Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 368mg15%
Potassium 1035mg30%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 16g64%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1200IU24%
Vitamin C 111.8mg136%
Calcium 271mg27%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.