Pinto Bean Burgers

Most vegan burgers you see in the store are a mish-mash of soy proteins or a variety of black bean. Because I love bean burgers so much and tend to eat them a lot, I have been searching for a way to make them at home with minimal ingredients. I have also been trying to find a way to mix it up a bit so I’m not eating black bean burgers all the time!

Pinto isn’t a traditional burger base, but I have found that it does make a good burger and it is bland enough that you can season it any way you like. Best of all, it requires very little ingredients (and stuff that I always have in my pantry!). This is going on my list of frequently made foods for sure.

Basic Pinto Bean Burger Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • White onion to taste, diced
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder
  1. Process together in a food processor until well mixed. Add any additional seasonings or sauces you prefer. (It goes especially well with BBQ sauce and a grilled pineapple ring!)
  2. Spray a heated skillet with some olive oil spray and cook until the bottom is browned and crispy, flip and repeat. I haven’t tried this on the grill yet but I’m afraid it can be a bit delicate…if you do want to grill it I would suggest grilling on top of some foil in case it tries to fall apart on you.

I have also had it smothered with wing sauce to make a Buffalo Bean Burger

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Here I basted it in teriyaki sauce (a Tone It Up recipe, but any bottled sauce would work) and topped it with caramelized onions.

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Or you can always eat it classic burger style.

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I can’t wait to make a million different burger variations…and share them with you of course!

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8 comments

  1. These look great. It is the time of year for burgers – this recipe looks easy. What about the sauces though – all sauces scare me because of the sugar content. Have you found a healthy one? Please share :)

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