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Caribbean Jerk Millet Burgers with Pineapple Guacamole (Vegan+GF)

Next time you're looking for something new to try, try this savory spiced recipe for veggie burgers that will take your tastesbuds on an adventure.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 burgers



  • 2 cups cooked unhulled millet or quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 serrano pepper seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeded and cut cut into sections
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon each of: soy sauce lime juice, and cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxmeal + 2.5 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons more olive oil optional

Jerk Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Pineapple Guacamole:
  • 2 very ripe avocados pits and shells removed
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar optional
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 of your favorite hamburger buns.
  • fresh cilantro sprigs red bell pepper slices for topping



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) then line a baking tray with foil and spray lightly with olive oil. Whisk together the flax and water and set aside.
  2. Combine serrano, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add mixture to pan. Cook for 6 - 7 minutes until softened then add orange and lime juice, soy, and vinegar to pan. Cook until mostly evaporated then remove from heat and scrape contents back into processor. Add jerk seasoning, brown sugar, salt, soaked flax "egg", and beans then pulse until nearly smooth. Scrape into a large bowl and add millet and breadcrumbs, then mix well. Form mixture into 8 patties and place on prepared tray.

  3. Bake in oven for about 12 minutes on each side then remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes to set up or they will fall apart.
  4. If desired, heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in same skillet and cook each patty for about 1 minute per side until nice and golden brown.

Pineapple Guacamole:

  1. Smash avocados with a fork and mix with other ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve
  2. Toast buns if desired and assemble burgers by placing patties on buns and topping with gaucamole, peppers, cilantro, and any other toppings you like. These are great with cheese if you aren't vegan.