This recipe is very forgiving, and always yummy! Have fun!

Bean Burger

Here are some variations: You can add to the food processor:

  • ½ cup of raw veggies (like carrots, zucchini, greens, celery, etc.)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • ½ cup fresh herbs of your choice
½ cup nuts or seeds—add toward the end of processing

Simple Bean Burgers


  • 2 cups cooked beans, or 1 14-ounce can, drained (They can be white, black, or red beans, or chick peas)
1 egg
  • ½ cup uncooked oats
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
Extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Combine the beans, egg, oats, chili powder, onion, and some salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until chunky but not quite pureed. You want a moist but not wet mixture; you can add a little liquid (water, stock, wine, milk, etc.) if necessary.
  2. (The mixture can rest, covered, in the fridge at this point if you want to make it in advance.)
  3. Film the bottom of a large nonstick or seasoned cast-iron skillet with the oil and turn the heat to medium. Let the pan heat for a minute or so.
  4. With wet hands (this keeps the mixture from sticking), mold the patties into whatever shape and size you want. Drop onto the heated pan and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Melt cheese on top if desired. Serve on a bun with toppings and enjoy!

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