Butternut Squash Burgers

Almost every veggie burger is loaded with Mexican-inspired spices. Well not these butternut squash burgers which tastes like Thanksgiving!

close-up of 4 stacked butternut squash burgers on white plate

When you google homemade veggie burgers, it’s burger after burger that is loaded with Mexican/Southwestern spices. Shoot, go look at all of my veggie burgers and I have many, and almost every single one has cumin, paprika, chili powder, etc… Well with my favorite season officially here, I thought it was time to change that and make a fall-inspired veggie burger that tastes like Thanksgiving.

I’ll admit, pretty much all of my recipes are inspired from other blogs/sites. Of course I change it to my tastes but it’s hard to create something from scratch these days. But that is not the case with these butternut squash burgers. There really aren’t many recipes out there and frankly the ones I saw left me uninspired.

Luckily for me and anyone that decides to give these butternut squash burgers a try, these were a home run. They truly tastes like fall and are healthy to boot. If my multiple veggie burger posts haven’t convinced you non-vegetarians to try a veggie burger, hopefully this will.

close-up of 4 stacked butternut squash burgers on white plate

What Ingredients are in these Butternut Squash Burgers?

  • Olive oil
  • Produce – butternut squash, apple, sweet onion, garlic, sage, thyme
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cannellini beans
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Pepitas
  • Egg
  • Spices – coriander, salt, black pepper
  • Buns

Can I Make these Vegan/Egg Free?

Yes you can use any egg substitute like flax or chia egg, or 1 tbsp of vegan mayo. I personally don’t eat vegan so don’t make a ton of vegan meals but these will taste just as good with the substitutes.

Keys to Veggie Burgers that Don’t Fall Apart

I’ve made plenty of veggie burgers in the past few years and discovered that there are three keys to keeping your burgers together.

  1. Oats – by placing old-fashioned oats in the food processor and pulsing a few times, you create a healthy binder that is better than flour.
  2. Eggs – eggs help bind the burger. I originally didn’t use eggs and found that they just didn’t hold together like I wanted but just 1 egg makes all the difference. As mentioned above, you can use a vegan substitute.
  3. Bake – bake the patties before freezing or cooking the rest of the way. By baking the veggie burgers for 40 minutes (20 minutes per side), you allow the outside of the patties to develop a crust. You can then freeze from here or finish on the stove-top to develop a charred crust.

close-up of 4 stacked butternut squash burgers on white plate

Other Veggie Burger Recipes:

5 from 3 votes
close-up of 4 stacked butternut squash burgers on white plate
Butternut Squash Burgers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins

Almost every veggie burger is loaded with Mexican-inspired spices. Well not this butternut squash burger which tastes like Thanksgiving!

Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butternut Squash Burger, Veggie Burger
Servings: 8
Calories: 220 kcal
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash, diced into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 medium granny smith apple, diced into 1/2" cubes
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 (15.5 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Buns
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Season butternut squash with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss in diced apple. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.

  2. Heat butter in small skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook for 5-7 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, sage and thyme and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Grind the oats and pepitas in a food processor until broken up but not turned into flour. Set aside. In a large mixing bow, add the butternut squash, apples, onion, garlic, sage, thyme, eggs, coriander, salt and pepper and mash until butternut squash is mashed. Add the cannellini beans and oats mixture and mix until the mixture holds together. (It's ok if the cannellini beans get slightly smashed)

  4. Use 1/2 measuring cup and scoop out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down to desired thickness. It should give you 8 patties. Bake in oven for 20 minutes before flipping and bake another 20 minutes. This should give you enough consistency to be able to freeze or cook the rest of the way to eat now. (We usually eat them for 2 nights and then freeze the rest. Great to have when you don't feel like cooking)

  5. If eating now, heat a medium skillet over medium heat with enough oil to cover bottom of skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side. If using cheese, add after flipping. Add toppings of your desire and enjoy!


  1. Never had a butternut squash burger. Next on my list!

  2. Huh, I’ve never considered using butternut squash to make a veggie burger, but it sounds amazing! I’ll definitely be trying it out. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. I have never tried a burger like this! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  4. Same, all my vegan burgers have the Mexican/Indian spices, too! Love the apple and clove adds to these, definitely going to give these a try!

  5. OMG!! Sounds absolutely divine!! Can’t wait to try it. Have a fantastic day/night!!

  6. Oh my gosh. This looks so delicious, my mind of the burger. Saving your recipe.

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