Delicious Homemade Bean Burgers
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Delicious Homemade Bean Burgers
Delicious Homemade Bean Burgers


  • 2/3 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 1 1/3 cups of water, boiling
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 8 whole wheat rolls, cut in half


Place bulgur in a bowl with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

Put the toasted bread into a food processor and process until there is 1/2 cup of crumbs. Set aside.

Combine the beans, parsley and garlic in the food processor. Blend until smooth.

Drain the bulgur and add to the bean mixture along with the bread crumbs. Blend well.

Add the egg, tomato paste and soy sauce and blend again.

Season with chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Allow to rest for 30 minutes. The mixture will thicken.

Form the thickened mixture into 8 patties. Mist each with non-stick cooking spray.

Grill over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side or until the patties are as crisp as desired.

Toast rolls on the grill for about a minute before serving.

Tip: Regular hamburger buns are too soft for this type of patty. Use whole wheat or rye rolls to enhance the flavor of the burger.

Makes 8 sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Bean Burgers

Recipe by Donnie Caves
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Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Whip up these delicious and nutritious homemade bean burgers for a satisfying meal that’s both easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans alike, these burgers are a healthy alternative to traditional meat patties.

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  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (use gluten-free if needed)

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • 1/4 cup corn (optional)


  • Mash the Beans: In a large mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork or potato masher until mostly smooth, leaving some chunks for texture.
  • Add Ingredients: Mix in the breadcrumbs, chopped onions, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. If using, also add the chopped cilantro and corn.
  • Form Patties: Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape them into patties.
  • Cook Patties: Heat a skillet or grill over medium heat. Cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side until they are crispy on the outside and heated through.
  • Serve: Serve the bean burgers on your choice of buns or lettuce wraps with your favorite toppings and condiments.

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  • You can freeze the uncooked patties for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw before cooking.Adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences.
  • These bean burgers pair well with avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, and a dollop of vegan mayo or mustard.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1g
  • Total number of serves: 4
  • Calories: 200kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fiber: 8g

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