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 November 10, 2012  Posted by  Food
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If you haven’t yet tried bean burgers, here are a baker’s dozen of the best recipes I could find on the Internet. Bean burgers are a cheap and delicious alternative to beef or chicken, and so good you may never go back. Serve these veggie burgers in the same way as beef burgers, on a bun with your favorite fixings. Most of these recipes call for canned beans, which makes them super easy and fast to make. If you know how to prepare dry beans, you can save even more money.

Bean burgers can be made with any type of bean: black, white, kidney, pinto or chickpea. Honestly, I started making the last recipe, “My Favorite Falafel,” as a burger patty. I’ve had great success with all types of beans, including canned black and pinto beans, as well as dried cranberry beans from my farmers market. For a weeknight meal, it’s easy, economical and really, really tasty. Now I make a double batch and freeze half for another night.

Tips for making bean burgers

  • Starchy beans like pinto and cannelini are easier to mash by hand, but are softer and harder to flip over.
  • Dry beans like chickpeas (garbanzo beans) make firm burgers; black and kidney beans fall somewhere between starchy and dry beans.
  • For drier beans like garbanzo beans, make them like falafel with added starch, puree them well, shape into patties and fry like a burger.
  • To prepare beans easily, pulse in a food processor, mash with a potato masher or crush with a rolling pin between two pieces of waxed paper.
  • Don’t make bean burgers too thin or they’re harder to flip over; about half an inch thick works well.
  • Cook them about three minutes per side over medium-low heat on a lightly oiled flat griddle or in a non-stick skillet; don’t try to cook them on a ridged grill.
  • To freeze, cook them completely. Chill, wrap and freeze. Reheat in the microwave or on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven.
  • Don’t tell your kids they’re bean burgers (until later) and they may not guess.

You can serve bean burgers on a bun, with any of your favorite toppings, such as grilled onions and cheddar cheese or blue cheese and bacon. They’re also great served open-faced, topped with yogurt and relish or a heap of green salad or cole slaw. Add fries or other sides like potato salad for a heartier meal.

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Carole Cancler

Carole Cancler is a business and technology professional with experience in food science, technical writing, and product development. Her former company, Private Chef Natural Gourmet in Seattle, Washington specialized in frozen gourmet meals. Prior to that, Carole spent 11 years at Microsoft as a software engineer and program manager. Her writing expertise includes business intelligence, websites, newsletters, and recipe development. Currently, she focuses on writing and consulting for the food and technology industries and, for fun, teaches cooking classes. Her first cookbook, The Home Preserving Bible is available on Amazon. Carole owns and operates Greater Seattle on the Cheap.

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