Veggie Burger (Air Fryer)

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Indian


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 6 burgers


  • Air Fryer


Veggie Patties

  •  cup poha or use bread crumbs
  • 2 medium potato
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 10 green beans, chopped
  •  cup frozen green beans
  •  cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chili, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red powder or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon amchur powder ( or use lemon juice)
  • 1 tabelspoon bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped

Quick Pickled Onion

  • 1 small red onion, thinly circled
  • 3 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Spicy Mayo

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maggi sweet and spicy chili sauce

Coating & Frying Patties

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup corn flour
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  •  teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • Oil to shallow fry or air fry the patties as needed

Burger Toppings

  • 6 burger buns
  • butter or oil for toasting the buns
  • 6 lettuce leaves (washed, drained and chopped)
  • thinly sliced tomato (seeds removed)
  • pickled jalapeno as needed
  • pickled onion (recipe included)


  • Wash poha and soak them in water for a minute. After one minute, Immediately strain all the water and let the poha get soft.

Spicy Mayo

  • To a bowl add ½ cup mayo, one teaspoon ketchup and 2 tablespoon maggi sweet and spicy sauce. Mix it well and chill till ready to use.

Quick Pickled Onion

  • Cut a small red onion to circles. Put them in a bowl and add lemon juice, salt and sugar. Mix and set aside for it to marinate.

Veggie Patties

  • Boil two medium potatoes, you can do it in the instant pot, pressure cooker or stove top method. I cooked them in the instant pot, added 3 cups of water into the stainless steel insert of the instant pot. Place the washed potato, then placed a large trivet and cut veggies. Close the instant pot lid to sealing position. Cook for 10 minutes and release pressure naturally.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add finely chopped onion and green chili with a pinch of salt. Cook for five minutes till light brown. Now add garlic and finely chopped bell pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala and amchur powder. Cook for 30- 45 seconds.
  • Add grated boiled potato, steamed veggies and salt. Mix it well.
  • Add the soaked poha, one tablespoon of bread crumbs and coriander leaves. Mash it well to ensure there are no lumps. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt or chili powder if needed.
  • Transfer it a bowl, let it cool for 5 minutes and cover it with a cling wrap. Refrigerate for 15- 20 minutes (not more than that, if not the mixture will get harder).
  • Remove and mix it again. Make equal size balls and slightly flatten it to make a patty, I got 6 patties.

Coating and Shallow Frying

  • To a bowl add ½ cup all purpose flour,¼th cup corn flour, salt and water. Mix it to get a semi thick batter. I added about ½ cup of water. In another bowl add ¾th cup of bread crumbs and a pinch of salt ( I used panko bread crumbs)
  • Coat the tikki (patty) with batter and then with the bread crumbs. Repeat with rest of the patties
  • Heat oil in a medium flame and pan fry the patty on both sides till golden brown. When done the patty will feel soft, but let it rest for 15 minute they firm up and will and become crispy on the top.


  • Preheat the air fryer for 400 F, coat the bottom with oil and place the patties and coat the patties with oil, make sure you coat it on the sides too. Air fry for 8 minutes, now flip the patty and spray little more oil and air fry for another 5 minutes. Let the patty rest for 15 minutes to set.

Assembling the Veggie Burger

  • Slice the burger buns to half, apply some butter or oil and toast the buns in a pan.
  • Apply spicy mayo and add chopped lettuce to both. Top one of the bun pieces with a veggie burger. Top the burger with pickled onions, thinly sliced tomato and pickled jalapenos. Now place the burger bun top and serve immediately.


Maggi sweet and spicy sauce is available in Indian store, if you can’t find it replace it with sriracha.