We eat a lot of beans in my house. I love beans.
I love them on salad or in stir fries, pasta or soup. They are versatile and good for you, as well as tasty. Just about any bean can be made in to a “burger”. I typically use black beans to make burgers, but since I love the taste and texture of Great Northern or its larger-sized relative, the Cannellini bean, I decided to try them out burger-style. The result was delicious.
I have done a lot of research on bean burgers and there is quite a lot of variety in ingredient options. You generally need to start with one can of beans (the consensus seems to be that starting with dried beans is a waste of time, since from the can they are just as good). Add an egg, some sort of carb-y binder, like bread crumbs, rice or bulgar, and then add flavorings. If you have a food processor, making bean burgers is an incredibly easy and quick way to make dinner. Since I always have cans of beans in my cupboard, bean burgers are a quick solution to making dinner from an otherwise empty kitchen.
Recipe: White Bean Burgers
1 can Northern White (or Cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup grated carrots
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (panko are yummy)
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper
Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor for about 30 seconds, or until it’s all blended but with small chunks. Add more bread crumbs if the mixture seems too soft, but remember that if you leave it for 20 minutes or so it will firm up a bit. You want the mixture to be firm enough that it will retain a patty shape, although it won’t be as firm as actual ground beef or turkey. Heat up some oil in a pan over medium heat while you form 3 to 4 inch patties with your hands. Let the patties cook on each side for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve on hamburger buns with condiments (best part, in my opinion), or on top of a green salad with avocado. I forgot to melt cheese on these burgers, but some swiss would have been lovely. If anyone has had any success keeping bean burgers whole while cooking them on a grill, please let me know. It would be fun to include them in a cook-out style meal without having to fry them inside.