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Build Your Own Bean Burger

Create your own delicious, homemade bean burger with whatever ingredients you have on hand.  Switching out spices and other ingredients presents endless options for your creations.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (plus more for sautéing the burgers)
  • One small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup dry ingredients like panko, breadcrumbs, or quick oats.
  • 1 egg
    • For a vegan recipe, use a flax egg by whisking together 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons water. Let sit for 10 minutes until it becomes viscous.
  • Seasoning: Start with 1 teaspoon of curry powder, Mexican seasoning, Italian seasoning, Cajun spice mix, or whatever flavors you want for your burger
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Hot sauce, soy sauce, curry paste

To make the burgers:

  1. Heat the oil and sauté the onions until just translucent.
    Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  2. Place the sautéed onions and garlic in a food processor and add the rest of the ingredients except the egg. Pulse until everything is well-mixed (but don’t mix long enough to create a paté)
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Add the egg and give the food processor a few more pulses to combine the egg with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. If the mix is too dry, add a little broth or water. If it’s too wet, mix in more dry ingredients.
  6. Form into patties and sauté until browned on both sides.