Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger Recipe

While I was in Columbus, I got to go to Northstar Cafe, which is probably my favorite restaurant in the world. They have lots of vegetarian/vegan options, and everything is natural and organic. YUM! The Northstar Cafe veggie burger is literally my favorite veggie burger. This might have been the best meal I had all week (sorry Thanksgiving dinner).

northstar cafe veggie burger Recipe

I can’t even TELL you how amazing this veggie burger is. I was raving about it to my friend Krista and she was sweet enough to send me similar recipe for a Northstar Cafe Style Veggie Burger!

The Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger Recipe

Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 4 tablespoons hickory barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon oat bran
  • 2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned beets
  • 1 teaspoon beet juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg white, add more if needed (to bind)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  1. Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash beans.
  3. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients -- rice through egg white.
  4. Form into four 6 oz patties.
  5. Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium.
  6. Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side.
  7. Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture. Top with Monterey Jack and grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard on a bun which has been grilled in butter.

I literally insist on going to Northstar Cafe every single time I’m back in Columbus. They have a few locations around town and I just can’t resist their veggie burger! If you can’t make it to Columubs, at least you can try something similar!

northstar cafe veggie burger Recipe

Now that I’m in Virginia, I’m glad I have this recipe so I can make it at home!

Have you guys ever used beets in a veggie burger? I’m thinking that might be the “secret” ingredient. Do you have any “special ingredient” suggestions? Wish me luck!

<3 Liz


  1. Ooh I like that this veggie burger is packed with all types of goodies. I don’t usually eat beets but I’m game to try this out.

    The only thing I might add are thin avocado slices on top when it’s done. Yum.

  2. That sounds sooooo good! I love when restaurants make their own veggie burgers instead of serving Morningstar or Boca!

  3. Mmm beets in a veggie burger sounds tasty! I have a recent love of roasted beets..I’m sure those would taste good on top the burger too!

  4. I LOVE a good veggie burger. When a restaurant has their own blended concoction for one, I get weak in the knees and consider it an all time winner. Sounds like molasses would be an excellent edition! <3 Looks like you also had a fab. thanksgiving! LOVin' the tofurkey!! xoxox.

  5. actually i HAVE used beets in a veggie burger before πŸ™‚ it didn’t quite turn out how i wanted it, but i can always try again.
    i love beets πŸ™‚

  6. That veggie burger does look awesome! Yum! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  7. I LOVE Beets!!!! You should definitely try it!

  8. Wow that veggie burger sounds amazing girl!! I am not a “beet” girl but I bet its good!

  9. I’ve heard rave reviews about their veggie burgers too. I have seen a similar recipe (and tried it) and it used actual beets. Very interesting.

  10. Is this the real north star recipe?? I just ate there today! Obsessed.

  11. Northstar is about 2 miles from my house. Needless to say it’s one of my favorite places.

    • It’s probably the thing I miss most (other than people) from Ohio!!! haha I haven’t found anything quite like it in Virginia! Everytime I come home, I make everyone go to Northstar with me πŸ˜‰

  12. Kimberly Rezentes says:

    I love the Northstar burger, can’t find a veggie burger that compares out here in Seattle. Is this the real deal recipe? I’ve tried to make few other ones, but they didn’t taste like the Northstar burger I so fondly remember..

  13. This is not the recipe! Nice try but not even close.


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