Friday, December 17, 2010

Bean Burgers



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm not a gambler, and have very low expectations when it comes to winning contests or giveaways. For years I'd enter and have nothing to show for my efforts, but it seems my luck has changed. Last week I received a package containing the Real Food Diet Cookbook by Dr. Josh Axe, some Equal Exchange Fair Traded coffee and vegan Snapdragon cookies made by Liz Lovely. The gifts were part of a giveaway sponsored by The Foodie Blogroll which is administered by Jenn Campus, its creator. I was thrilled with my windfall. I hope that all of you will take a look at the contests and giveaways that can always be found here. The Foodie Blogroll is also a great place to network and meet fellow bloggers.You won't regret your visit.


Dr.Ash is a wellness physician and radio show host. The real food diet he supports is not a fad or quick weight loss plan. His interest is in real, unprocessed food that will improve overall health. He is a proponent of counting nutrients rather than calories, fats or carbohydrates. His focus is on recipes that use unprocessed food and the book contains a wealth of information for those seeking a better diet and healthier lifestyle.


My regular readers know that my husband is a committed carnivore. He views meatless meals the same way a vampire views holy water or a cross. While this is not a strictly vegetarian cookbook, I wanted to try at least one of the meatless entrees for this post. My theory being, if the Silver Fox would eat it, it had to be good. I decided to go with the recipe for bean burgers. You'll probably have to shop for some of the ingredients needed to make these. Most kitchens don't have coconut oil or gluten free breadcrumbs lying around, but it is important to remember that these are recipes designed for a new way of eating, and that requires an openness to new ingredients. The burgers are very easy to assemble and they are quite good. Next time I make them I'll use less lime juice, but I was generally happy with the recipe. Oh, and yes, the Silver Fox ate his. He slathered it mayonnaise and buried it in a bun, but he ate it without complaint. If you are a proponent of "real" food, you'll like this book a lot. Here's the recipe for the bean burgers.

Bean Burgers...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Dr. Josh Ash and the Real Foods Diet Cookbook

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained if canned
1-1/2 pounds sweet onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided use
1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Black pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large pan and saute onions until they are soft and begin to caramelize. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Place caramelized onions in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2) Place garbanzo beans in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Add bean mixture to bowl containing onions.
3) Add all remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly. Form into patties. (I used a third cup measure to make 6 patties.)
4) Heat remaining coconut oil in pan and cook burgers until done, flipping once. (I cooked mine over medium heat, 5 minutes per side.) Serve with avocado slices and sprouts. Yield; 6 servings.

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Vegan Mung Bean Burgers - Jeena's Kitchen
Gluten-Free Bean Burgers - Gluten Free Gobsmacked

63 comments:

ann said...

These do sound good and healthy. I'm glad that the Silver Fox enjoyed them too. :)

Alessandra said...

Perfect for me, since I am a Vegetarian :-)

Thank you for sharing,

ciao
Alessandra

Kim said...

Mary - Congratulations on your prizes. It's always such a treat to receive cookbooks and food in the mail (much better than bills). I love a good bean burger and suspect that my husband (also a carnivore) would love these as well.

I would also love to add coconut oil to my pantry. I've never cooked or baked with it before, but would love to give it a try.

Enjoy your gifts!

Jennifer said...

This looks amazing!!! I have been looking for a good bean burger recipe =) perfect! I bookmarked it -- thanks!

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Nina Timm said...

Hi Marie

I always add beans to my fish cakes, it makes them unbelievably crunchy and crumbly, but I will for sure try to leave the fish out next time!!

Josie said...

My husband is a huge meat eater as well, I've been trying to find an alternative to fool him lol this sounds really good I'll have to give it a try! Congrats on the win : )

Design Wine and Dine said...

I LOVE beans and try to eat them often!

That said, I am always looking for new ways to enjoy beans so thank you for sharing this book and this recipe from its pages!

Congrats on the win!

Ginny said...

Congradulations, Mary! I am happy for you! I have seen this man's book in the stores! I will say that this is the prettiest looking bean burger I've seen.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This might be the perfect recipe for Jan 2nd....when I start my healthy eating and diet...lol!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love bean burgers but have yet to make some that stay together well. I tend to make them into little appetizers in order for them not to crumble. I might just make these, I have a ton of chickpeas in the cupboard! Thanks!

Pacheco Patty said...

I like bean burgers and will try this recipe, it sounds great, thanks for passing it along:)

Diana (Di) said...

Mary, the combination of ingredients sounds delicious. Although we too are carnivores, fish and chicken included, we do love our beans of all kinds. PS: great win.

Red Nomad OZ said...

I was brought up vegetarian - and still find vegie burgers MUCH tastier than plain old hamburgers! So this is a welcome return to childhood treats - so appropriate at Xmastime!!

Merry Xmas!

Elin said...

Looks delicious and healthy too. Congrats on your windfall :) I would love to have that book :p

Thank you for sharing the recipe from the book :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Elin

Monet said...

I am always looking for new veggie burger recipes. Ryan doesn't eat meat, and I hate buying those boca patties in the freezer section of the grocery store. These sound interesting! Thank you for sharing with me, week after week. Sending love and good thoughts your way!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This sound good and healthy..we should take more vegetarian foods.

alison said...

a delicious veggie burger,i want to try this healthy recipe!

Priya said...

Nutritious and very inviting bean burgers, yummy..congrats on ur prizes..

Cherine said...

A bean burger, a healthy version that sounds perfect to me!!

kitchen flavours said...

Congratulations on your prizes! The bean burgers looks really good. This would be a nice change from the regular burger. Thank you!

Ana Powell said...

Congratulations on the win, you really deserve it.
Once more, another great and special dish.
Really healthy and different.
Wishing you a lovely Christmas ♥

Anna A. said...

Wow! Love this recipe! I am all for veggie burgers, yum yum yum.

Eden said...

Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe

Joanne said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your win! I love a good bean burger and am always looking for new recipes. These sound RIFE with flavor!

What's next said...

That's funny, I was reading the recipe and thinking hubby won't eat this without meat! Maybe he could if yours could!

Foodessa said...

This particular recipe got my attention Mary. In the last few years I've done my very best to reduce the amount of meat Hubby always wanted. With some creativity in my cooking, I've slowly managed to wean him closer to a vegetarian based diet. I've somewhat succeeded. I do still enjoy a few meat-based dishes once and a while also.

I really appreciate you sharing this recipe since some of these ingredients will be a welcomed addition to my patties ;o) I also now bake patties with good success.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Claudia

Kim said...

Same thing with my man, when there is no meat in a meal, it's no a real meal... Anyway, I love vegan burgers, I made lot's of them! This one looks good to, IM gonna try it soon!

The Food Hound said...

The Booze Hound eats vegetarian meals willingly, unless they involve tofu :) I've been trying to find the perfect bean burger recipe because I just really like beans! I'm trying a new one tonight and will let you know how it comes out!

Jenn said...

What a great giveaway prize!! Congratulations on the winnings!!
This looks really good, I bet I could eat way too many of them!

Y. Ikeda said...

Hi Mary,
Congratulations on cookbook giveaway!
Thanks for commenting on my blog. You are extremely skilled at cooking, of course, and photographing foods! It looks so yummy. Next thing you can challenge is Tofu burger? Or you have already tried?
Have a wonderful weekend.
Yoshi

Gloria said...

Dear Mary absolutely nice Bean Burger, I have to try soon, souns interesting, daugther is vegetarian (and me a little too) and I love the book you told us! have a lovely day, gloria

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I have wanted to try a meatless burger. This looks delicious and I like the way it browned up. After Christmas, this will go on our menu.

And you won. . . how fun.

Fondly,
Glenda

CaSaundraLeigh said...

These look great! I love making burgers with alternatives to beef..I like tuna the best so far. I should try these!

lostpastremembered said...

I'm having a strict vegetarian guest for Christmas and this looks like a great alternative to our meat-full meal... great sounding recipe!

Barbara said...

I had a recipe for these once, Mary, and think I still have the cookbook. It was definitely one of wellness type and I loved them. Now just why have I forgotten to make these? They are delicious. Will copy your recipe and compare!

(I rarely win anything either, but have won some really nice blogger things lately. Congrats on your winning!)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I know I would LOVE this book! I've just read another book on healthy living that I want to do a review on! Great recipe! ♥

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Congrats on your win! It is a nice feeling to win something :) Those bean burgers look fantastic. I love garbanzo beans and the patties look like something the family will enjoy.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congrats on your prizes darling. What a wonderful surprise for you, better than the nasty bills that come on a daily basis.lol
hugs ~lynne~

PeggyR said...

Congratulations on your prizes! Those burgers sound interesting.

From the Kitchen said...

I have a feeling we'll all reap the rewards of your prizes!
The bean burgers sound good to me. They certainly look quite tasty. I think I might have to slather mine in mayonnaise as well which would, of course, necessitate a bun.

Best,
Bonnie

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

Congrats on your win! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying your goodies! Happy Holidays!

Katerina said...

Those vegetarian burgers are exquisite. We make similar with chick peas. I love them. Congratulations on your win!

High Plains Drifters said...

Might try to whip these up and sneak them past my Nebraska meat-loving in-laws!

StephenC said...

One thing I love about blogs is that, like this recipe, they remind me of things I used to make and have forgotten about. Also, there are all the new ideas. Thanks, Mary.

EliFla said...

This is a great idea after Xmas Holiday....!!

I?m sure your gingerbread houses were beautiful...and now you have a little baby to bake gingerbread house for!!! Hugs and have a specila weekend before Christmas, ciao Flavia

In Krista's Kitchen said...

Congrats on your win! The burgers sound fantastic, I'll make them as soon as I can find tahini (I've been hunting for it for a month now grr!)

nanny said...

I wish I had one right now! They look wonderful!
I am married to a carnivore too.
Last week when I was feeling too bad to cook, I served him some of the vegetable soup I had been surviving on. He crumbled so many crackers on top of it, and I asked why? He said, "I'm hiding the green stuff I see it" lol

teresa said...

with all of those amazing flavors and spices, i believe it was wonderful! they look so good too, i love vegetarian burgers!

Lori said...

I love bean burgers and thankfully my husband will eat them without complaint. That's not to say that the moment their is a tray of meat on the table that he doesnt go hog wild (so to speak).

This recipes sounds great and I am quite sure I will be giving it a whirl!

The Words Crafter said...

I've eaten the kinds you can buy in the freezer section at the grocery, and the ones made in restaurants, and loved them.

I've never thought of making them myself...but they look delicious!

A Canadian Foodie said...

Only you could make a bean burger look that good, Mary!!!!
:)
valerie

Nisha said...

Perfect recipe for me to try, thank you for sharing

Peggy said...

Sounds like a great and healthy burger! I've always been intrigued by the bean burger and yours definitely look lovely!

JG said...

This meatless burger does look good! I've never tried one. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
~Judy

Claudia said...

I actually love bean burgers. With so many food allergies and/or decisions about eating - I have learned a lot about gluten-free and vegan. It's a new world and it's delicious - and the burger is proof.

Dishesdone said...

Looks great, I think even my meat eaters would like it! Lot of flavor going on in that burger!

Nancy and Vijay said...

Congrats on you prizes Mary! These sound good and I make a similar version although I use olive oil. Thanks for sharing with us..Nancy

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

These look great! Perfect healthy filling food for in between holiday festivities.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Congras Mary!

I will have to keep this in mind for after Christmas binge.

Valérie said...

I'm definitely bookmarking these. I've tried making bean burgers once, but they didn't come out very well... This looks delicious!

Mark said...

Nice work. There are so many ways to create good burgers. This is an awesome rendition. Thanks.

Turmericnspice said...

Looks amazing

Manasi said...

This is really cool! I am trying to incorporate 'real' food but find myself diverting because of tastier options (sigh).. this is great! I hv bookmarked it.
Where did u get gluten free breadcrumbs?

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