A few days ago, my family was in the mood for a good old burgers-and-“fries” meal. Now, you know I try to eat as little processed food as possible, so rather than reach for a frozen Boca or Garden burger, I opted to make a bean-based burger from scratch. And though these are not as fast as a microwaved burger from a box would be (what is?), they’re really easy to mix together in the food processor and they cook in about 25 minutes.
While they’re in the oven, you’ll have time to assemble your condiments and slice and chop any vegetables you want on your burger. I ate my burger without a bun with spinach, red cabbage, and tomato, but these zesty veggie burgers also taste great on a bun with ketchup and all the usual fixin’s.
Red Bean-Chipotle Burgers
- 1 small onion , peeled and cut into quarters
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 16-ounce can light-red kidney beans , drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup oatmeal , uncooked
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1-3 teaspoons chopped chipotles (from canned chipotles), to taste
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional for salt-free diets)
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 1/8 cup flour (I used white whole wheat but you may use gluten-free flour)
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Put the onion and garlic into a food processor and pulse to chop coarsely. Add the beans and process until coarsely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well blended–just slightly more chunky than refried beans.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Use a spoon to scoop the burger mixture onto the baking sheet, smoothing it into six patties. (It is easiest to do this by making six “piles” of beans and using the spoon to smooth the top and round the edges of the patties.) Bake for about 15 minutes. When the bottoms are lightly browned and beginning to get crisp, turn the burgers and cook for 10-15 more minutes, until the other side is brown. Do not overcook or they will be tough!
- Serve immediately with accompaniments as desired. These keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for a quick lunch.