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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

A Beanburger Recipe



This weekend, I made beanburgers for a friend who's allergic to beans. I realise that sounds like a particularly cruel and unusual punishment, but let me explain.

As always when I'm planning to cook for others, I asked about any allergies or dislikes, at which point the bean allergy surfaced. But in further discussion it turned out not to apply to all varieties of beans. Moreover, my friend hasn't always had this allergy, and used to be partial to a beanburger now and then - a simple pleasure which is mostly off-limits now that the allergy has surfaced.

Well, my dad has developed an excellent recipe for beanburgers, and I was sure I could make them with the one kind of bean she's definitely not allergic to: the black eyed bean. It worked just as well as with the traditional red kidney bean, and I'm sure you could substitute any bean of your choice.

Beanburgers

My Dad's Beanburgers
Makes 18 burgers

2 tins of beans (the original recipe used red kidney beans)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
3 medium red onions
2tbsp soy sauce
12 Ryvita crackers
6 heaped dessert spoons of oats
a large handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  1. Chop the onions finely, and fry for a couple of minutes to soften. Leave to cool.

  2. Drain and rinse the beans.

  3. method A - foodprocessor
    Put the beans, tomatoes, soy sauce, and Ryvita into the food processor, and whizz until chopped and combined. Remove the mixture from the processor into a large bowl, and stir together with all the other ingredients.

    method B - by hand (this is how I do it)
    Put the beans into a large bowl and crush with a potato masher. Crumble the Ryvitas using a pestle and mortar. Combine all the ingredients.

  4. Form into patties - I do this by taking a heaped dessert spoonful of the mixture, rolling it into a ball between my hands, then flattening it. Of course, if you have a burger press, you can use that.

  5. Fry at a medium heat for around 5 minutes each side, until cooked through (the outsides will brown slowly).

  6. Serve in bread rolls with your choice of garnish - salad, cheese, and ketchup were popular at our house.


29 comments:

Kirsty said...

you're such a thoughtful friend. although i can't think of anything worse than a burger made of beans!

Kasia said...

That looks absolutely delicious, a bit like my celeriac pancakes :)

Writing Without Periods! said...

I'll try this recipe. I love beans and am diabetic so this looks like it would work for me.
Thanks.
Mary

Emma said...

They look delicious. I like the idea of using Ryvita instead of the usual breadcrumbs.

Kimberly said...

Wow! I have not heard of bean allergies. I have never even considered it. Great recipe though. I will really have to try it!

Thanks!

Hezabelle said...

Oooh, these look really good! I'll have to try it!

Stephanie V said...

Very interesting recipe, Rachel. I think I'll try it. Do you think it could work on the BBQ?

Ginny Marie said...

I'd like to try these, but I'd have to pass them off as something different than a "burger." I tried turkey burgers once, and he nearly had a fit about that!

Christy said...

these look really good. do you think they would work with great northern (cannellini) beans? I have a surplus of those in my cupboard.

Michelle said...

They look great, I will have to make these for my veggie hubbie. Mich x

Jen said...

My daughter doesn't eat beef. This sounds like a great alternative!

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Lauren said...

Hm...that sounds interesting. I'd like to try it sometime. :)

Kel said...

Sounds yummy! Where would you find those crackers? Or could you substitute them?

Chef E said...

I have going to make these, hubby and I love veggie burgers and I do not make them as often as I did when I had the health food cafe!

The look gorgeous!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love bean burgers.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Burgers without meat? Are you sure? Even for a French person like moi? Hmmm...might have to try it ;-) Love from London x

Mary said...

These really look lovely. They really look like burgers and I'm sure they taste good. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Elle said...

Thanks for posting this! These look really yummy, and hubs and I have been looking for a recipe to use to make black bean burgers.

Kazzy said...

Those sound good, but I am afraid I would be the only one in the house eating them.

Sandra said...

Hmmmh sounds and looks yummiiij I like beans and I will have to try those!

Fly Girl said...

I don't like most beans except lentils. WOuld this recipe work for those?

Kelli said...

Stopping in from SITS.
I needed a good homemade bean burger recipe and these sound delish! Can't wait to try them!

~Kelli @ Smidgens

Mrsbear said...

These sound delicious, I've only had the frozen variety, never attempted my own, but since I don't eat beef myself this might make a nice alternative. Although I couldn't tell the kids they were made out of beans, they'd never stop gagging long enough to taste it.

Ronnica said...

I've never tried a bean burger, but think I'd like them. It's just too much work for me...

The Blonde Duck said...

Still loving the bean burgers.

MJ said...

Wow, what a thoughtful friend! These look so nice... :)

CraftyMummy said...

What a lovely thing to do for your friend!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves said...

Happy SITS day! What a thoughtful friend you are! I love Bean Burgers! I wish they'd put this in more restaurants. My favorite is black bean burgers. Yummy! Have a good weekend!

WhisperingWriter said...

That sounds pretty good. I am a big fan of beans.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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