Chicago Diner Burgers


Vegetarians in the Windy City flock to the Chicago Diner for burgers that have a truly meaty taste. We added a step—baking them in the oven—and grilled them on foil so they would get a smoky taste without sticking to the grill. 

  • SERVINGServings


  • 3 stalks celery, diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 oz. mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour


1. Bring 4 cups water, celery, onion, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper to a boil in pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in oats, mushrooms and flour, and cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to bowl, and chill.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape mixture into patties, and bake on prepared baking sheet 15 minutes. Flip, and bake 10 minutes more. Cool.

3. Heat grill to medium-high. Place foil on grill, and coat with cooking spray. Grill burgers on foil 7 minutes per side. Serve with Red Pepper Aioli.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Calories: 175
  • Carbohydrate Content: 32 g
  • Fat Content: 2 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 9 g
  • Sodium Content: 289 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g