Bean Burgers

Last night I was in such a frenzy to get my birthday entry posted by midnight. Luckily it went through at 11:59, with seconds to spare! 😛 (And just for the record, I did not play around with the publish tool. I only found out about it afterwards haha)

This morning’s run proceeded with yet another bowl of VOO. Again, you ask? Yes, again. It must seem like I get tired of overnight oats but rest assured, it’s quite the contrary! lol I could eat this forever and ever and ever until the world runs out of oats. 😉

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Last week I made bean burgers for the first time! I wanted to wait until I finished the last one (I made 3 total) to share the recipe and entire collection of pics. The ingredients are very similar to those in my bean balls.

Bean Burgers (makes 3 patties)

Ingredients:

* 1/2 cup red kidney beans, cooked
* 1 cup brown rice, cooked
* 1/4 cup oats
* 1/3 cup red onions, chopped finely
* 1/2 carrot, grated/zested
* 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* s & p
* seasoning of choice (herbs, ground flaxseed)

Step 1: Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Since I don’t own a food processor, my mixture was pretty chunky. I liked it that way, though–awesome texture gives a bite to the burger. I would advise against over-processing it… you don’t want mush!

Step 2: Refrigerate for 2 hours or more.

Step 3: Use your hands to form patties. Mine yielded 3.

Step 4: You can either pan-fry, bake, or freeze the patties. I pan-fried one for that night’s meal and put the other two in the freezer for easy meals on the days that followed.

Like all burgers, this bean burger can be enjoyed in any meal, in any shape, style, or form; stick it between two slices of bread, crumble it over a salad, whatever you want. The possibilities are endless. Here’s what I made.

Meal #1: Bean burger sandwich with hummus, red kale, and zucchini (pan-fried pattie)

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Meal #2: Bean burger sandwich with hummus, kale, and red onions (pan-fried pattie)

with a citrusy golden beet and fennel salad on the side…

Side note: As much as I love red beets in my smoothies, I’m really loving golden beets because they don’t stain my hands! They’re so pretty too–rusty amber on the outside, bright gold on the inside. Talk about eating colorful meals!

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Meal #3: Bean burger and broccoli on a bed of cheezy beet and zucchini spaghetti (baked pattie)

Featuring raw spaghetti made from my new spiralizer (I’m hooked!). I steamed it slightly to get rid of some of the bitter taste from the beets. And that cheeze mixture is really just hummus, avocado, and nutritional yeast. That’s it.

Yum! I can’t wait for my next batch of bean burgers. I think I’ll need to make more than 3.

Toodles and have a great Sunday!!

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12 Responses to Bean Burgers

  1. Jenny says:

    A few things…I don’t think I could ever get tired of oatmeal, either. Except – I DON’T eat it every day. But when I eat it, I think WHY DON’T I eat this every day?

    I MUST start making my veggie burgers from scratch. I’ll get really good at doing it for awhile, make a few big batches, then I get busy again and start spending 4.99 a box again. Okay…new goal…stop buying veggie burgers.

    I have yellow beets in my fridge right now! It was the first time I have bought the yellow ones…trying to decide what to do with them!

    • Diana says:

      I totally know what you mean! I’ve been buying my veggie burgers and they are just so tasty and convenient haha. But recently I’ve tried to make more things from scratch. Though….I’ve never tried Amy’s burgers yet, so I think that I deserve to see what the hype is all about with those 😉 $6 bucks for 4 burgers is a lot though, I gotta say.

      I found the yellow beets to be a little more bitter-tasting (than the red variety) when raw, so my advice would be to cook them or combine them with something to offset the bitterness!

  2. Jessica says:

    Your burgers look great! I’ve also been trying to make more things from scratch, including veggie burgers, and I haven’t made any with rice yet. I think I’ll try that soon. You’ve also got the right idea to freeze them and have your own convenience food later!

  3. Those burgers look BOMB!! I really need some more veggie burgers in my life and anything with BBQ sauce is definitely making my list (:

  4. brandi says:

    those burgers sound great! I’ve never tried making my own and using rice in them ,but it’s a great idea!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for posting a comment on my blog because it led me to yours and I am LOVING your blog! That veggie burger sandwich looks so yummy!

  6. Those bean burgers look amazing! I also saw a few entries below that you had some fun playing with the vegetable spiralizer. 🙂 I’ve been having SOOO much fun with mine!!!! I actually found that sticking the zucchini noodles in the microwave for about a minute softens them a bit. They remain crunchy but feel a little more flexible and soft, like pasta noodles. It’s definitely my new favourite kitchen toy. 🙂

    -Alison

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