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Oven baked and delicious crispy cauliflower burgers (paleo, whole30)

Cauliflower burgers with green salad

Crispy cauliflower burgers

Cauliflower is seriously probably one of the most versatile vegetables out there. You can make it into puree, a rice like structure such as in this delicious recipe for poke bowl (my favorite quick recipe!), or you can even bake a steak from a cauliflower. Lots of different options to choose from.

What I had not done before is make a burger out of this robust vegetable. I love vegetable burgers. It is such a great way of adding more vegetables into your daily meals while decreasing the amount of meat you eat.

Cauliflower burgers with green salad

It’s funny because growing up my mum sometimes made us cauliflower. That would always be accompanied with a white, rather disgusting, cornflour sauce of sort. I remember there was always nutmeg on top as well. But most importantly, the cauliflower was cooked into oblivion. It would be soft and snotty when we got it on the table… 🙂

Not the best cook

My mum hated cooking, so thinking about different ways to eat cauliflower was definitely not on her agenda. She had the right idea adding cauliflower into our diet but the preparation could definitely have been better! In her defense; things like cauliflower burgers would not have been on the radar at that time. The whole food scene has changed dramatically since then!

Rich in vitamin C

Cauliflower is not only versatile, it is also pretty healthy. It is part of the cabbage family along with broccoli and romanesco and contains lots of vitamine C, some vitamins B and K. Also a good source of fiber. If you choose to eat the green leaves you also get a good dose of calcium and the cauliflower makes your liver happy. Always a good thing.

The key to making these burgers is not to over mix the mixture. I did and that makes them rather hard to handle. I ended up baking them in the oven and finishing them in the pan. A bit more work but it was worth it in the end.


Cauliflower burgers (paleo, whole30)

Cauliflower burgers with green salad
  • Author: Simone
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 11 burgers
  • Method: Oven


  • 1 cauliflower, coarsely ground
  • 250 gr chopped onion
  • 1  small bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 135 gr almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp arrow root
  • 5 cloves or garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • oil for baking


  • 200 gr homemade mayo
  • cilantro
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and rub a bit of oil on it.
  2. In a foodprocessor combine all ingredients for the burgers except the oil. Pulse until it all comes together. Not too long. Making it too fine will make the burgers hard to handle.
  3. Divide the mixture in 11 equal size balls and place them on the baking tray. Press them with your hand and cover each patty with a bit of oil.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until crispy. Turn them around and bake for a further 15 minutes.
  5. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender and turn until smooth.

Keywords: cauliflower, garlic, cumin, almond flour


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  • Reply
    John / Kitchen Riffs
    July 10, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Wow, what a neat idea! I’ve never had a cauliflower burger, so obviously I’ve never made one. Love the idea, though — gotta try this. Thanks!

    • Reply
      July 10, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks John! Yes it’s pretty good!

  • Reply
    J. Pippen
    July 25, 2018 at 8:11 am

    This is my kind of burger!

    • Reply
      July 26, 2018 at 9:56 am

      I know! It is so simple and so delicious!

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