Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Vegan Bean Burgers

I recently made my first veggie burgers, which I love a lot. And I wasn't even thinking of trying another red bean based burger until I saw this recipe in Vegetarian: 100 best recipes by Linda Doeser. There are a few differences between this recipe and the one I used before. The one big difference is that these burgers are vegan. And that sparked my curiosity even more.

I have to say that I love these burgers. They are really tasty! The downside was that they are a bit more fragile and some didn't survive the flipping. But that can also just be me, because I am not good with flipping stuff anyway. The texture of these burgers is really sticky in fact, on my hands at least, but not so much to each other ;) Now I read the recipe again to translate it for you (because I own the Dutch version of the book), I actually think I didn't chop the mushroom small enough, I just made slices without thinking, oops. Either way, they do taste great so I advise you to try for yourself :)

Vegan Bean Burgers (makes 4-6)
- sunflower oil
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic,chopped
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 115 gr mushrooms, chopped
- 425 gr red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- pepper and salt
- flour

Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Fry the garlic, cumin and coriander shortly. Add the mushrooms and spring onion and fry about 5 minutes till the moist has vaporised.
Place the beans in a bowl and mash them with a fork. Add the mushroom mixture, together with the parsley and some salt and pepper.
Make 4-6 portions (I matched mine with the size of the buns, and made 4 + some bento sized ones) and shape these into patties. Use some flour on your hands before you shape them. If the mixture isn't sticky enough, you can add some extra oil. I would advise not make them too big and let them rest for a little bit before baking them. You can grill them are bake them in a pan, for about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Please check out the other weekend cooking posts :) There is always a lot to learn and to try.


  1. I need to make this! I bet you knew I was going to say that?! ;P

    I'm a real coward when it comes to making burgers though... they always fall apart! :( Of course I'm rather scrimpy with oil, so it might be I just use too little. ;) Looking forward to seeing the burgers appear in your bento!

  2. @Gnoe: They already appeared in yesterday's bento :)

  3. When I saw "vegan" I was a bit suspicious as I am not into vegan meals, but these sound easy and delicious.

  4. These do sound good -- and a nice weekday meal because they are so easy and fast. They look good in the bento box too.

  5. I've filed this recipe on my computer already :)
    I like the fact that they have a quick cooking time!

  6. Your burgers look and sound delicious. It would be a new venture for me as I've never tried a vegan burger. But they sound so good.

  7. These do sound good. I also have a long history of failing at veggie burgers and pretty much anything else that is supposed to be a patty. It always ends up tasting good, just not looking like I imagined it would.

  8. My son loves veggie burgers so I'm going to give these a try soon, saving the recipe, they look delicious. The Bento veggie burger looks great!

  9. I saw these in your bento yesterday and was wondering about the recipe. I like veggie burgers but some of the pre-made ones are not so good. I like this recipe and will have to try it.

  10. Would some extra flour help them stay together? I make a variety of vegetarian burgers but they have an egg or two.

  11. Your vegan burgers looks fantastic! I'm forwarding a link to recipe to my niece Hannah (a vegan) and jotting down copy for me!

  12. These look yummy and not too difficult. I need to put them on my menu plan for the week.

  13. When I want a meatless burger I usually just grill up a Portobello mushroom ... but this sounds much tastier. I'll have to save this one.

  14. I have never made a meatless burger form scratch... these sound good!

  15. I love the addition of cumin in these. I never thought about that. Thanks for the idea!