Veggie burgers don’t have to be just about black beans or chickpeas. This spicy Caribbean veggie burger recipe has a few simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your fridge or pantry. Also, it’s bursting with flavor and is ready in under 20 minutes!

I first got the idea for this recipe after searching for a dish to make in honor of Trinidad and Tobago independence day. During my research I came across a Bhaji burger recipe that’s mostly veggies and spices. However, after my alterations, it wasn’t technically a Bhaji Burger anymore so I couldn’t call it that. Instead I made it my own!

Spicy Caribbean veggie burger
Spicy Caribbean Veggie Burger

For the uninitiated, Bhaji Burgers are Indian-spiced chickpea fritters that are stacked between a bun with mango chutney and some kind of cool refreshing yogurt sauce. But this spicy Caribbean veggie burger (or you can call it a fritter if you want) is so much more. From the fresh ginger and turmeric root to the spicy chili pepper, these are delectable, easy to make and fun to eat.

What veggies to use for this burger

I start with fresh ingredients, shredded carrots and Kabocha pumpkin for natural sweetness. Add in thinly sliced red onions, sweet onions and chili pepper for bold flavors. Then grate fresh ginger, turmeric root, garlic, cilantro and thyme leaves and some Caribbean spices.

For the kabocha pumpkin, you can substitute butternut squash, red kuri squash or dumpling squash, all of which have the same natural sweetness and texture.

What Cheese can I add

I added shredded Paneer cheese to my veggie mixture and it made the texture of the burger a little firmer than just a fritter. Paneer cheese is an un-aged, non-melting cheese that’s common in India. It has a firm texture and holds up to the frying. Since you’re frying these, I wouldn’t recommend using a melting cheese. Tofu or Halloumi cheese are also great substitutes.

Ready in less than 20 minutes

I honestly can say, from start to finish this took me about 15 minutes! Shredding and grating took about 7-10 minutes, while frying took about 10 minutes. The yogurt sauce can be made while the burgers are frying and you’re ready to enjoy in no time. These have definitely become part of my go-to quick meals. Experiment with different vegetables and mix it up a little. Either way, it’s all delicious.

Below is the full list of ingredients and instructions. I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I did. What are some of your favorite veggie burgers? Comment below and don’t forget to subscribe and share. Follow us on Instagram for daily postings.

prep ingredients for spicy Caribbean veggie burger
Prep ingredients for Spicy Caribbean Veggie Burger

Spicy Caribbean Veggie Burger

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Category: Lunch
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: spicy veggie burger, caribbean veggie burger, island spice veggie burger, spicy fritter, caribbean veggie fritter, island spice fritter, bhaji burger, onion burger, bhaji
Serves: 4 servings


  • Large non-stick frying pan


Fresh Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Red onion -thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium Sweet onion -thinly sliced
  • 2 Medium Carrots -shredded
  • 1/2 Medium Pumpkin -shredded about 1 cup (see substitutes below)
  • 2 Large Green chili peppers -thinly sliced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • Few Sprigs Fresh thyme -leaves only
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro -roughly chopped
  • 1 Small Turmeric root -finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger -finely grated
  • 2 Small Garlic cloves -finely grated
  • 2 Oz. Paneer cheese -grated (*Optional)
  • Romaine lettuce -chopped

Dry Spices

  • 1 Tbsp Cumin powder
  • 1 Tsp Sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cups Plain flour
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Sunflower oil for frying

Optional Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro -roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl add onions and loosely mix with your hands to separate into individual pieces.
  • In the same bowl with the onions, mix in the shredded carrots, pumpkin (or squash), chili peppers, cilantro, thyme leaves, garlic, ginger, turmeric and Paneer cheese.
  • Add in the spices and flour; cumin, sweet paprika, salt, black pepper, flour and mix well. Set aside while you heat your oil.
  • Heat sunflower oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • With a large spoon scoop up about 1/4 cup of mixture and carefully place in the pan, flattening them out a little, about the width of the buns (don’t worry about pieces of veggie edges, it will crisp up and be yummy in the burger).
  • Fry for a few minutes until cooked through and golden brown on each side. While these are frying you can make your yogurt sauce.
  • Remove from the oil and onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  • To assemble your burger, spread mango chuteny on each side of the top and bottom of the bun, then place a crispy burger, add a few cilantro leaves and lettuce and a dollop of yogurt sauce. Enjoy!

Yogurt Sauce

  • Mix together all ingredients and keep in the fridge until your burgers are ready.


  • Right before frying, you can add a little water if your mixture is not sticking together after sitting for a few minutes. But don’t add too much, you want the mixture to be loose. Trust me, it will hold together in the oil.
  • I use a store bought mango chutney.
  • Burger bun, any good soft burger bun will hold up.
Spicy Caribbean Veggie burger
Spicy Caribbean Veggie burger

Recipe adopted from Jamie Oliver Bhaji Burger Recipe.