Monday, November 29, 2010

Vegan Bean Burgers

In the world of vegetarian sandwiches, bean burgers are a classic.

Supremely healthy, loaded with flavor, and begging to be loaded with toppings--who needs a meat-burger when you've got beans on your side?

Tonight's vegan bean burger is a Moosewood favorite in our house, seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and soy sauce. Bonus: instead of using bread crumbs as a thickener, the recipe calls for oats! I prepared 6 of these hearty patties last night, with the intent of crumbling one over my lunch salad each day this week. What did I do with the extra one?

Enjoyed it burger-style for dinner, of course!

I kept up tonight's vegan theme by going cheese-less and topping my burger with tomatoes, spinach, avocado, mustard, and ketchup. (As a side note, if you don't mind the whole cheese factor, try my Greek White Bean Burgers...they've got feta stirred right into the mix!).

Enough bean-talk--let's get eating.

Vegan Bean Burgers

I discovered this well-seasoned bean burger recipe a few years ago, and it's been one of my go-to classics ever since. Super simple, lots of fiber, and delightfully delicious!

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • a dash of olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Two 15 oz. cans of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP ketchup
  • 1 - 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • Burger fixins' : tomato, spinach or lettuce, avocado, pickle
1) Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add carrots, chili powder, and cumin, and cook for an additional 3- 4 minutes.

2) In a large bowl, mash the beans. Add the mustard, soy sauce, ketchup, and sauteed veggies. Mix in the oats, and season with pepper.

3) Form the bean mixture into 6 - 8 patties. Heat a little olive oil in the skillet over medium heat, and cook the patties for about 4 - 5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.

4) To serve: Enjoy burger-style with all your favorite toppings. Or, crumble over a salad of spinach, avocado, tomato, toasted pine nuts, and your favorite dressing.


  1. I made bean burgers once and it was a complete fail, the fell apart completely in the pan. I am going to have to try these as a means to redeem myself :) plus they just sound heavenly.

  2. I love bean burgers! My favorite thing to order at a local restaurant is their bean and grain burger. I'll have to try your recipe- it sounds like a completely different (but delicious)blend of flavors and textures. Thanks!

  3. I love this vegan option of burger. Happy to follow your blog for more healthy cooking.

  4. I always appreciate that you love the Moosewood cookbook as much as I do! :)

  5. Yum!! I love veggie burgers with oats in them. They give it such a good, hearty texture! These look really good, and not too complicated!

  6. Ooh, I haven't had a veggie burger with oats. I will need to seek one out!

  7. I've got to make bean burgers! These sound perfect and super flavorful. And thanks for the reminder of the Greek ones, which also sound great! One of these should be the next project for my fellow veggie friend and me. :)

  8. Moosewood again! Seriously, I feel an Xmas list brewing in my head...

    These look delish :)

  9. Yumm! Just stumbled upon your blog & can't wait to forward this to my vegan friend <3 Loooove it!

    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

  10. Those look great! I love all of the Moosewood recipes I've tried- the soups and pad thai are favorites in our house!- and I love your take on it.

  11. Oh perfect timing! I was just looking for a bean burger to make for dinner sometime this week! We're trying to get through the 10980135 cans and bags of beans we have lying around our pantry haha These look great!

  12. Hi Love! Don't you just love Moosewood? I ask for a new cookbook each year for Christmas. So many great recipes. These burgers look just as great as all of the other recipes I've tried. Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend! Have a great Tuesday.