No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Veggie Burgers OR Bean Balls

  • 2 (15 oz) Cans Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Cups Coarsely Chopped Red Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ¼ Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 TB Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1 TB Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 TB Ketchup
  • 2 – 3 TB Avocado or Olive Oil

Step One

Place all the ingredients except the oil in a food processor and blend – but do not puree. You want a chunky mixture. (Or do it in a bowl with a potato masher.)

Step Two

Using plastic gloves or wet hands form into burgers or *balls. (You should have 8 – 10 burgers.) Place on a parchment lined sheet tray and put in the fridge for at least one hour or overnight. 

Step Three

Remove and heat the oil in a large cast iron pan or skillet. Add the oil and heat. Add the burgers and cook on one side until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes – don’t try to move the burger until 5 minutes are up, (These burgers are more fragile than traditional ones.). Flip the burger and cook until browned and heated throughout.

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

Burgers that are made with veggies or beans are very neutral in flavor, so they really need help in the flavor department. If you don’t want any heat, cut the pepper flakes down by half, but don’t leave them out all together, they add zip to the burger’s taste.

No. 3 : Clever Idea

Love meatballs? Me too. These burgers can be  easily be made into  “bean balls”.  Instead of making burgers, just  make balls about an 1” or so in diameter. Chill them like the burgers and then cook them in a skillet, carefully turning them on each side to brown. OR if you have an air fryer this is a great recipe! Simply place the balls on an oiled rack and cook at 350F for 5 minutes, flip and cook until browned.

No. 4 : Cheers!

Louis Latour Beaujolais Village
Beaujolais France
About $15

These easy bean burgers have lots of meaty flavor – without the meat. Because they are made with smoky-tasting ancho chile powder, smoked paprika and the pop of red chile flakes a lighter red wine goes great with them. You can buy this delicious one, made from the Gamay grape in many stores , including the regular grocery store.  You’ll enjoy red berry aromas,  crisp acidity and big fruity flavors in your glass. Cheers to an easy-drinking food-friendly red wine!

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