What are bean burgers?
These Bean burgers have become one of my favourite meals. I think I would eat them every single day and they would always feel like such a treat. Once cooked they have a crunchy outside yet still hold the soft inside you expect from a classic bean burger. I’ve often found with bean burger recipes its easy to end up with a soggy, sludgy burger that is nothing more than a let down. Well my friends, I’ve found the key to a firm bean burger that holds its weight. The key is patience.P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on socials so that you never miss any of my healthy recipes for weight loss.
What makes this bean burger healthy?
This bean burger recipe stands out as a healthy option due to its nutrient-rich ingredients. Beans provide a good source of protein and fibre, promoting satiety and aiding digestion. The inclusion of potato adds a wholesome touch without compromising health, and the baking method reduces the need for excessive oil. With minimal added salt and a burst of flavour from paprika and garlic powder, these bean burgers offer a nutritious alternative to traditional burgers. Enjoy a delicious meal while nourishing your body with essential nutrients.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is great for diet restrictions such as:
- Gluten Free (when made with GF bun)
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Step 1: Add the ingredients to a blender
This burger requires a mix of beans. I personally buy canned beans, this particular mix had Red Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Haricot Beans and Black Turtle Beans. As well as half a can of beans (200g) I add 150g of boiled potato. This is where the first part of the patience comes in, if your potato isn’t already pre prepared then wait until the potato has drained and cooled completely before adding it to the beans. You don’t need any extra moisture in your burger patties and cold potatoes seem to be much drier than potatoes that are still steaming, in my opinion anyway. Then add herbs and spices, you can kinda go wild here and add whatever you feel like.
Or a bowl to mash!
This is a blender optional recipe, you can use a blender like I have done if you like; especially if you want a smoother burger. Alternatively, you can mash your ingredients with a fork. It may take a while to get your mixture as smooth as you could in a blender. Usually I generally prefer a chunkier mix and will blend half my beans with the potato and then add the rest of the beans before giving it one finally pulse of the blender to mix them in. It looks so good half blended!
Step 2: Form the patties
Form the patties on a baking tray with a spoon, this recipe should make 2 patties. You don’t have to use baking paper but I use it to hide my old scratched up trays. That being said, I did find them a little easier to flip when I used paper. You can add a few sesame seeds to the top of your patties if you like but this step is optional. Now for a little more of that patience… Cook the patties for 45-50 minutes flipping half way, the underside of the patty will still be sticky so take care not to rip the burger up whilst flipping. When they are done they should be golden all over and hold their own weight, they shouldn’t be falling apart at all. If they are, they may need cooking longer. This burger really will be worth the wait! Since writing this recipe I have discovered that these burgers will cook a lot faster in an air fryer, around 30 minutes. So I would highly recommend air frying these burgers!
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to building a burger, so I’ll leave that part to you. My burger had low fat vintage cheddar, rocket and baby leaf salad leaves and my homemade sugar free ketchup. I’ve also now got a home made bread recipe! Check it out here: Rosemary bread. Be sure to tell me your perfect burger build in the comments!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Can I Use Canned Beans for This Recipe?
- Absolutely! Canned beans work well and save time. Ensure to drain and rinse them before use.
Is Baking the Only Cooking Method?
- While baking is recommended for a healthier option, you can also pan-fry the bean patties. Use a non-stick pan with a minimal amount of oil for a crispy exterior.
Can I Freeze the Bean Patties?
- Yes, these bean patties freeze well. Once baked, allow them to cool completely before freezing. When ready to eat, reheat in the oven or microwave.
What Can I Serve With Bean Burgers?
- Serve them in a classic burger bun with lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments. Alternatively, try them on a bed of greens or in a whole-grain wrap.
Spicy Bean Burgers:
- Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, or diced jalapeños for an extra kick. Adjust the spice level to your liking.
Mushroom and Bean Blend:
- Mix in sautéed mushrooms to add a rich umami flavor. Finely chop the mushrooms and blend into the bean and potato mixture.
Cheesy Bean Patties:
- Incorporate grated low-fat cheese into the mixture for a cheesy twist. Choose a cheese that melts well for optimal flavor.
Herb-Infused Bean Burgers:
- Experiment with herbs like parsley, cilantro, or basil to add a fresh and aromatic element to your bean patties.
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