Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

Recipe for Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers
Becky Luigart-Stayner


3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 cup fine-curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup shredded pepper jack or sharp cheddar cheese
ranch dressing (optional)


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a skillet over medium heat; add the onion, corn, and bell pepper; and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika and cook for 30 seconds more, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, pumpkin, and egg yolk and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the onion–corn–pepper mixture, parsley, salt, and black pepper, to taste. Stir and add the bread crumbs and cheese. Stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Shape the pumpkin mixture into six ¾-inch-thick patties. Place them in the skillet and cook, in batches, if necessary, for 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned, turning once. Serve with or without buns, passing the ranch dressing at the table, if desired.


Makes 6 servings.

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Make them vegan?

What could I use in place of cottage cheese to make this vegan?

vegan substitute for cottage cheese

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Hi, CJones. You could try substituting hummus or crumbled tofu for the cottage cheese. Let us know how it turns out!

Sounds like you could just

Sounds like you could just make this into a nice "meat loaf' like presentation... Might try it that way.

These were so phenomenal!!!

These were so phenomenal!!! Even the meat eaters in the family didn't miss their regular meaty buger! :). Thanks!