Any vegetarian knows two things when it comes to bean burgers. First, they're delicious and second, they're a pain to make. If they don't crumble in the pan, they smush and fall out of the sides of the bun (or bread). I've gone to restaurants and paid for something that ended up all over the plate, making a mess of my hands. Enough is enough. It's time for a cooperative and delicious bean burger. And here it is.
No falling apart
Are you intrigued yet? It's taken me some time to master the balance on a bean burger. Moisture is what causes a lot of the heartache in the construction of these things, so the question became: how can I balance the moisture? I've tried crumbled bread, crackers, oats, and various types of flours. Want to know my secret? Keep reading.
Black beans are the go-to staple for a bean burger. They tend to be a pretty soft bean, however, so that doesn't help the cause. So what if we added a drier bean variety? Jackpot.
Typically if I'm making these burgers it's because I need a super delicious dinner pretty quick. Time slips past us right quickly in the evening and before I know it, it's 7pm and I need to get dinner going. These take about 15 minutes, start to finish.
The secrets to this recipe: 1 can of simple truth organic tri-bean blend, rinsed, drained, and patted dry. This combination is perfect for burgers as the kidney beans give just the right amount of density and dryness. The second secret is Panko. Panko is a japanese-style bread crumb typically used for deep-frying. It is light and airy, and doesn't absorb grease or moisture the same way a standard bread crumb will. This makes it the perfect addition to a bean burger recipe.
Fear not, this burger recipe has a load of flavor and has a lot more than the above mentioned ingredients. My carefully crafted spice combination makes these burgers so yummy, I could eat them as is. Perhaps one of these days I'll make a bean burger nugget variation!
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Three Bean Vegetarian Burger Recipe
Makes 4 patties. Double ingredients for larger serving.
- 1 15 oz can Simple Truth Tri-bean blend, drained, rinsed, and dried
- 1 large Green Onion, diced
- 1/2 cup Panko
- 1 T Parsley
- 1 T Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 T Nutritional Yeast
- 1 T Oregano
- 1 Pasture-raised egg, beaten before adding to mixture
- Drain and rinse the beans. Pour onto paper towel and pat dry.
- Combine all ingredients into large bowl.
- Smash all ingredients by hand with a fork or masher
- Form 4 evenly sized balls from the mixture and place on parchment paper
- Pressing with a fork or spatula, gently press onto the top of the ball to form a patty
- In a nonstick pan, heat oil over medium heat and place paddies into pan. Cook 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown
- Serve on your choice of bun or bread with your favorite toppings