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 in the whole wide world and I have eaten a lot of veggie burgers!

northstar cafe veggie burger Recipe
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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 a similar recipe for a Northstar Cafe Style Veggie Burger!

The Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger Recipe

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Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger Recipe

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  • Author: Liz
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Try this copycat recipe for the Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger!


Units Scale
  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 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 Columbus, 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 the Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger 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!