Hawaiian Veggie Burgers Recipe

By Alexandra Caspero on June 14, 2015

The BEST Hawaiian Veggie Burgers! Tropical Black Bean Patty with Grilled Pineapple and Swiss!  You have to taste it to believe it. 

Has it really only been one week since I last checked in with this post? Last week feels like months ago; since then I’ve moved BL across the country and looked at approximately 1340 houses trying to narrow down our house hunt.

Pffft. I’ll take a tequila on the rocks, por favor. 

Seriously though, it’s been a really fun, jam packed week full of joy, anxiety, and anticipation. I’m thankful I was able to take the previous week off but am beyond ready to get back into my routine. Cooking is my passion second only to sharing that love with you.

These veggie burgers are so easy to make and are healthy too

I have a huge love-hate relationship with veggie burgers. I eat them almost weekly- whether on a bun, chopped up in a salad, or eaten right off the skillet, veggie burgers are one of those foods that I never seem to get tired of.

They are also my safety food whenever I go out to eat. These days, almost every menu I scan has either veggie pasta or a veggie burger for my meatless meal. And when those options are good, they are really good. When they are bad… well, I’m beyond annoyed that I spent $12 on a heated up Boca Burger.

Grilled pineapple slices transform this burger into the food of paradise

If I was going to create a “20 vegetarian meals you must master” list, homemade veggie patties might top that list. Not only are homemade burgers pennies on the dollar compared to store-bought ones, the taste can’t be beat.

Once you get a sense of how they come together- bean, grain, seasonings, binder, they are incredibly versatile and can be adapted to whatever is in the fridge or pantry. Sometimes I follow a recipe and sometimes I don’t!

My number 1 rule of thumb when making veggie burgers- taste the mixture as you go (before you add the egg- if using one). If it doesn’t taste good raw, it won’t taste good cooked! Sometimes the fix is a little more salt (especially if using lower sodium beans) or spice. If I can’t get the flavor I want, I usually start there.

Other go-to add ins when I want something more: sunflower seeds, toasted slivered almonds, panko bread crumbs, chili powder, cumin.

A tropical black bean patty with grilled pineapple

Hawaiian Veggie Burgers Recipe

I had Hawaii on the brain when I was making these Hawaiian veggie burgers. I wanted something spicy, sweet and meaty- all in one bite. I loved the idea of grilled pineapple and melty swiss cheese stacked high to create the perfect summer meal. Check out that bun! Don’t they look incredible? I stumbled upon these Million Dollar Buns from Dave’s Killer Bread and love all the seeds and texture they give to these burgers.

You’ve gotta try this one! These patties are so delicious, and they freeze easily! If you somehow manage not to eat them all in a day or two, wrap the remaining patties in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container. Whenever I make burgers like this, I usually double or triple the recipe so that I have enough for the week plus freezable leftovers for quick weeknight meals down the road.

Black bean pattys with fresh coriander and buns on the side

If you end up making these Hawaiian veggie burgers, I wanna see them! Tag #delishknowlege on social media to share your creation! I love seeing your recipes and hearing your feedback- thanks for sharing.

Have a great Monday! See you back on Wednesday for a spicy, curry-inspired dish.

Hawaiian veggie burger recipe pin

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

The BEST Veggie Burgers! Tropical Black Bean Patty with Grilled Pineapple and Swiss! You have to make this one. #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com

Hawaiian Veggie Burgers

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Category: burger, lunch, main, dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


The BEST Hawaiian Veggie Burgers! Tropical Black Bean Patty with Grilled Pineapple and Swiss! You have to make this one.

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Category: burger, lunch, main, dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Category: burger, lunch, main, dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup regular bread crumbs
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 pineapple slices (fresh or frozen)
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • Hamburger Buns (I used [url:1]Dave’s Million Dollar Buns[/url] for this recipe- so good!)


  1. Place the onion, red bell pepper, carrot and garlic into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add 1 can black beans, brown rice, cilantro, egg, red pepper flakes and cumin. Pulse to quickly combine.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining can of black beans and the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix until well combined. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill and thicken.
  3. Divide mixture into 6-8 patties. The thinner the patties, the crisper the burger will be.
  4. Heat a cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Add pineapple slices and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until heated through and lightly charred. Remove and set aside.
  5. Lightly spray with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil on the skillet. Add burgers and cook about 5 minutes per side, until browned and heated through.
  6. The last minute of cooking, add pineapple slice and slice of swiss cheese. Cover to melt cheese!
  7. Serve!

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    1. Sheree
      September 4, 2017 AT 1:19 am

      Hi, how long does it take to make this recipe and for how many? Thank you! Xx

      1. Alex
        September 4, 2017 AT 6:13 am

        Hi Sheree- the dish will make 6-8 patties and comes together in 15-20 minutes. Thanks!

    2. Stephen Porter
      May 31, 2017 AT 10:00 pm

      Wow, this sounded awesome, added vegan cheese, and vegan egg, first time came a bit …not staying together, but yummy!!!!! made okinawaiian sweet potato fries with em. All you lady house hunting good luck…we cooked this in our house, were selling here in Hawaii. next post will be cooking on a boat.

      1. Alex
        June 3, 2017 AT 9:48 am

        Yum! Glad you liked them!

    3. Danielle Black
      June 19, 2015 AT 8:41 am

      My, my, my. These look fabulous! I agree with you that a veggie burger has to be on the “must master” list for vegetarians. I am not one, but I sure do love a good veggie burger. This on looks like it’s packed with flavor. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

      1. DK
        June 20, 2015 AT 8:39 pm

        Thanks Danielle!

    4. Karen Bowers
      June 15, 2015 AT 6:55 pm

      Your suggestion to taste before cooking is great! I made this for my teen boys tonight. Younger one was complaining before dinner how he hates veggie burgers; older wasn’t too keen on the idea either. Well, the younger ate a whole burger, and the older ate 2 burgers! The slice of pineapple really added a nice toothsome quality to the burger. The mix was very wet before I put it on the skillet, and the cooked burgers didn’t really have stable structure, so I had to handle the burgers very carefully for getting them on the buns. We enjoyed our meal. Thank you.

      1. DK
        June 20, 2015 AT 8:43 pm

        Thanks for the comment Karen- glad you liked them! One thing I forgot to mention was that I put the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill. That should help the burger structure- adding it to the recipe now! Sorry I forgot to add it earlier!

    5. Kristen (amindfullmom)
      June 15, 2015 AT 11:44 am

      Love Hawaiian Burgers and we just spent one week looking at a billion houses too. And then ours sold in 24 hours–crazy times!

      1. DK
        June 20, 2015 AT 8:44 pm

        Wow! Crazy! We just bought our first one and I am so excited although the process was very anxiety ridden! 🙂

    6. Min
      June 15, 2015 AT 10:10 am

      I hear ya…house hunting can be exhausting! After about 3 months of searching and gaining the title of expert house hunters, I’m so happy to tell you that the journey has finally come to an end ;). Now we are frantically getting our current house show ready. #neverendingstory. In any case, now I have Hawaii on my mind! I LOVE veggie burgers too but am always reluctant to pay a hefty price for them (I’d much rather make them at home). Tasting as you go is def key! Can’t wait to try your version!

      1. DK
        June 20, 2015 AT 8:48 pm

        So fun! We JUST closed on our new house and I am SO excited- although I don’t think I’ve done any real work for the past three days- just made a zillion secret pinterest boards dedicated to DIYing 🙂 I’m with you- frozen veggie burgers are ridiculously expensive! Especially when they are so easy to make!

    7. shawsimpleswaps@gmail.com
      June 15, 2015 AT 8:45 am

      This looks great- I’d even eat this just for the buns!!! Yum!

      1. DK
        June 20, 2015 AT 8:49 pm

        Yes! Those buns are SO good! You’ve gotta try them!

    8. Des @ Life’s Ambrosia
      June 14, 2015 AT 11:36 pm

      I am aways intimidated by making my own veggie burgers, but we really should be eating more meatless meals. I think it’s about time to give it a try! These look so yummy!

      1. DK
        June 20, 2015 AT 8:51 pm

        Thanks Des!