Low Sodium Veggie Burger

With so many veggie burger options out there, it can be overwhelming to find something that is kidney friendly and actually good for you!

Unfortunately, many of the “plant based” burgers and meat substitutes are packed with sodium and phosphorus additives. And, have just as much protein as beef.

Sodium in Popular Plant Based Burger Patties

  • The Beyond Meat Burger Patty: 350mg of sodium per 4oz patty (+potassium food additives)
  • Impossible Meat crumbles: 370mg of sodium per 4oz (no potassium or phosphorus additives)
  • Morning Star Grillers: 400mg of sodium per patty (no potassium or phosphorus additives)
  • Dr. Praeger’s “Perfect Burgers”: 380mg sodium per patty (no potassium or phosphorus additives)

Plus, these veggie burger options can be pretty pricey too!

What is a burger lover to do!?

As always, the best way to control sodium is make your own at home! These low sodium veggie burgers only have 114mg of sodium per patty. This leaves plenty of room in your sodium budget for your favorite burger toppings!

These homemade low sodium veggie burgers are a wonderful plant based meal option for people with kidney disease.

They are much lower in protein than many commercial plant based burgers (and definitely beef, turkey or chicken burgers!). A diet lower in protein can help stop kidney disease from getting worse.

How to Serve Low Sodium Veggie Burgers

Enjoy this low sodium veggie burger with your favorite toppings! Pair it with a whole grain bun for some extra fiber. I also love these patties by themselves without a bun too. Seriously so good!

If I decide to go with a bun, here are my favorite burger toppings:

Add some creaminess and extra tang to your low sodium veggie burger with these tasty condiments:

  • Mashed avocado
  • Hummus
  • A dollop of mayonnaise (try a plant based mayo if you prefer!)
  • Dijon mustard (I’m obsessed with this Horseradish mustard!)
  • Melty cheese! (learn more about low phosphorus cheese, or try a plant based cheese option)

Low Sodium Veggie Burger Ingredients

  • Mushrooms – for a “meaty” texture and flavor!
  • Low Sodium Canned Black Beans – even better, look for “no salt added” black beans
  • Broccoli – to sneak some extra veggies in there!
  • Red Onion – tons of flavor!
  • Eggs – to hold everything together
  • Stale White or Wheat Bread – to give the burger body and to hold it together! Making your own breadcrumbs is always the best way to go to keep it low sodium. You can also sub 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs here. Panko breadcrumbs tend to be the lowest sodium option.
  • Garlic Powder & Black Pepper – for more flavor!
  • Worcestershire Sauce – for even more flavor! Look for low sodium Worcestershire to bring the sodium down even more
  • Olive Oil – to make these tasty patties nice and crispy

Happy Eating!

Melanie

Low Sodium veggie burger
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4 from 1 vote

Low Sodium Veggie Burger

Savory, crispy homemade veggie burger made with mushrooms, black beans, broccoli and onions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low sodium veggie burger
Servings: 8 patties
Calories: 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mushrooms chopped
  • 1 15oz can low sodium black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup broccoli minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion minced
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2 slices stale white or wheat bread (or, 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • In a food processor, process bread until crumbs are created. Making your own breadcrumbs usually is the best way to keep them low sodium. Panko breadcrumbs are usually the lowest sodium commercial option.
  • In a large bowl, add 3/4 of the black beans and mash them using a fork. Add remaining whole beans, breadcrumbs, mushrooms, broccoli, onion, egg, garlic powder, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese. Shape mixture into 8 3-inch patties.
  • In a medium non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Place patties onto heated skillet and cook 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown and crust has formed on each side. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Facts (per 1 patty): 155 calories, 7g fat, 2g saturated fat, 72mg cholesterol, 16g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 0g added sugar, 8g protein, 114mg sodium, 95mg calcium, 277mg potassium, 139mg phosphorus, 24mg oxalate

14 thoughts on “Low Sodium Veggie Burger”

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, CSG

      Absolutely they could be frozen! I’d recommend freezing them uncooked in patties. When you are ready to cook them, let them thaw and cook them right before you want to eat them to make sure you have that nice crisp outside!

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, CSG

      Thank you for your comment Bruce! This patty is not vegan, but you could definitely replace the eggs, cheese and Worcestershire sauce to make it vegan if needed. With the eggs, this patty has 8 grams of protein – 10-20% less protein than a hamburger patty.

  1. 4 stars
    I have type 2 diabetes and my most recent blood / urine test indicated that I needed to drastically cut back on salt/sodium and I am close to potassium being a ‘problem’.
    Trying to juggle foods with being diabetic and having CKD is proving tough. I am glad that I have found your site and will endeavour to create a healthy food program. Gonna try that veggie burger !!
    Many thanks.

  2. If I use white pepper, I could add more to get more flavor and have fewer oxalates. Also, if I used sprouted and boiled mung beans, or black eyed peas that too would reduce the oxalate load. What do you think of those alternatives?

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, CSG

      I think both of those subs would work! I will say that the amount of oxalate you get from black pepper is minimal. But, if you prefer the taste of white pepper, you could absolutely swap that out! Let us know if you make it and how it turns out!

    1. Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, CSG

      I haven’t in this particular recipe, but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work!

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