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Spicy Mexican Burger

Spicy Mexican Burger

Who else here is a sucker for a good burger? Well, today I am sharing with you one of my favourite burger recipes. It's not just any burger, it is a Spicy Mexican Burger that's absolutely delicious. But if you are anything like me, you probably see the word spicy and run in the opposite direction. Before you do, keep on reading and you might be pleasantly surprised. 

I'm really bad when it comes to spicy food. With that said I have to admit that the name of this burger can be a bit deceiving. The level of spiciness will depend on the amount of chilli you add to it. I keep it on the conservative side so I can actually enjoy my meal but it is totally up to you. 

Even though this Mexican burger is not actually spicy it definitely has a bit of a kick. Just enough to remind us we are eating a burger inspired in Mexican cuisine. Well, maybe it's more of a Texmex burger. I think it fits in this category better than in the "authentic Mexican food" category. 

Spicy Mexican Burger ingredients

I had no idea what Texmex food was when I first stumbled upon it. But looking into it I found the actual word comes from combining the words Texas and Mexico. And the term refers to the American version of Mexican food. I find very interesting how there's a whole cuisine evolving around this concept. I like it has the mild version of many Mexican dishes. And I am all about that. 

To give this Mexican burger that hint of flavour I made a sauce that I really like. It's very simple but very flavourful as well. I just mixed vegan mayonnaise with a cajun spices mix. It brings together all the flavours from the patty. And it has the creaminess we needed to make this Mexican burger just right. 

Spicy Mexican Burger patty mixture

The patties we are making for our Mexican burger are pretty much a mix of different veggies, seeds, tempeh and spices. It's a pretty unique mixture of flavours and that's what makes the whole burger taste so delicious. 

Since there are a few different veggies in it you can be sure you're getting a good dose of nutrients and stuff your face without much guilt. You even get about 26g of protein with each burger you eat. And it is all fresh plant based protein coming mainly from the tempeh and the beans. 

Another great feature of these yummy veggie patties is they can be made way ahead of time and kept in the freezer. When I do so I just take out what I need and I add whatever fresh veggies I have at home. To be honest, I don't always follow the recipe to the dot. 

Since it's so easy to make a few of them at a time I love taking them to barbecues. I used to make them for my vegan friends but now I have to make some extra burgers because even my non-vegan friends love them. For more Mexican inspired dishes also try out our Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos and our fantastic Breakfast Burrito with Sweet Potato.

Spicy Mexican Burger single portrait

Prep time
20 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Corn, Gluten, Soy, Tempeh, Tomatoes


For the burger

  • 4 lettuce (washed)
  • 2 medium tomato (sliced)
  • 4 whole grain burger buns (cut in half and toasted (optional))

For the patty

  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans (mashed)
  • 2 tsps dried smoked paprika
  • 4 tbsps fresh parsley (thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced into 0.5 inch pieces)
  • 4 medium scallion (thinly sliced (keep the green bits for garnish))
  • 2 tbsps sunflower oil
  • ½ cup sweet corn
  • 10½ oz tempeh (mashed)
  • 1 tbsp water

For the sauce

  • 1½ tsps cajun spice
  • 6 tbsps vegan mayonnaise


  1. Use a small bowl and mix the chia seeds with the water and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Use a bowl and mix all the ingredients for the patties except the oil, which will be used for frying.
  3. Shape the mix into burger patties and grill them in oil for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  4. Use a small bowl and mix the ingredients for the sauce.
  5. For serving add sauce, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and patty to the burger bun, enjoy!

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