Eat For Health, Simple Bean Burgers

by Cindy on July 13, 2010

Healthy Recipes | Healthy Eating IdeasLast week, I raved about my new find, New York Times Veggie Burgers. I was thrilled to finally stumble upon a quick and easy vegetarian burger recipe. Well, I have found another Vegetarian Burger recipe that rivals the New York Times Burger. Easier and just as tasty (according to my family even more delicious).

This recipe is from one of my favorites, Dr Joel Fuhrman’s, Eat for Health, 2 series set. I’ve found a number of terrific recipes here and the information in book 1 is outstanding. Dr Fuhrman does get a little stringent dietary wise for many folks, but if you are battling a chronic condition like heart disease or diabetes, making nutritional changes versus a lifetime of medications (with multiple side effects) or surgery is well worth it to me.

PS. I did try to freeze the New York Times Veggie Burger and when I heated it in the microwave, the burger fell apart. Next time, I plan to freeze the individual burgers on a baking sheet (I do this with pizza and it freezes great, they don’t stick together) to see if that helps.

PSS. When you assemble the Simple Bean Burgers below, they seem to stick on your hands, but once you bake them on a baking sheet, they get nice and toasty (just the way I like it).

(as usual, I made a few simple changes in the recipe)
Simple Bean Burgers
-1/4 cup sunflower seeds
-1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I recommend Eden Brand, BPA-free and beans are made with kombu which aids in digestions)
-1/4 cup minced sweet onion (I went with a little less)
-2 tablespoons ketchup
-2 tablespoon wheat germ or oats (I used oats)
-1 tsp chili powder (original recipe called for ½ tsp, but I like it a little spicier)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop the sunflower seeds in a food processor.
Mash the beans with a potato masher or food processor (I used this) and mix with sunflower seed meal.
Mix in the remaining ingredients and form into four or five flattened patties (about ½ inch thick).
Spray baking sheet with Olive Oil Pam or lightly coat with a little olive oil on a paper towel. Place the patties on the pan and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, use spatula and flip burger over.
Bake another 10 minutes.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Fran Lieb July 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Hi Cindy, Thanks for the great recipes, my daughter decided to become a vegetarian a couple of months ago. Going to make bean burgers later. Thank you and I always look forward to your recipes.


Cindy Benamy July 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Hi Fran,
I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the recipes and happy to pass along some that will work with your daughter’s new vegetarian lifestyle.


Niamh June 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Does this receipe call for a 400gram can of beans?
Sounds delicious!!


Cindy June 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Yes, 400 gram can of beans. (the can reads 425 grams).


Teresa Henke March 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I made these last night and fell in love with them! Making a double recipe tonight to have for the week. Thank you!!!!


Cindy March 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Glad you enjoyed them. I also make a double batch. They freeze well.


ANDREA July 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Where to get sunflower seeds? Raw? Will the toasted/unsalted
ones in the grocery store do?


Cindy July 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I get raw sunflower seeds from Trader Joes. Raw is always healthier with nuts.


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