Red Bean Almond Burgers

Almonds Add Crunch, Barbecue Sauce Adds an Unbeatable Smokey Flavor

Image: Red Bean and Almond Burger
Image: Red Bean and Almond Burger | Source

Are You Ready to Make the Switch to a Healthier Burger?

Many people want to find a way to make a veggie burger they actually enjoy eating. Trying to make palatable veggie patties can be challenging as generally speaking, these are lacking in flavor and the texture leaves much to be desired.

It's all well and good to want to eat wholesome food, but when trying to switch to "meatless," it is an uphill battle to create a burger that is truly satisfying.

I've been experimenting with different combinations to try to come up with a "hamburger" patty that makes the grade.

This recipe uses red beans, oat flour, whole wheat flour, ground almonds, barbecue sauce and other seasonings to create a delicious burger. When you look at the ingredients, you will see how truly healthful and cholesterol-lowering this mixture truly is.

If possible, try to use organic whole wheat flour, oats, beans and virgin olive oil as you assemble these meatless burgers.

Ingredients for Veggie Burgers

  • 2 cups cooked red beans, drained well and mashed
  • 1 cup whole almonds with skins on, grind these into a flour
  • 1-2 cups oats, grind into oat flour, Quick oats can be easily ground into oat flour using a blender
  • (As needed) whole wheat flour or seasoned breadcrumbs, use to bind ingredients (add in last)
  • 4-5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 3 tablesoons or more ground rosemary
  • To taste, poultry seasoning, a couple of good shakes
  • 6-8 tbsp. barbecue sauce, a couple of good squirts
  • 1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Grated carrot (optional), I like to add this to bump up nutrition
  • Olive oil drizzle over mixture and mix in

It Almost Looks Like Meat, Doesn't it?

Image: Mixture for Veggie Burger
Image: Mixture for Veggie Burger | Source

Use left-over loose mixture for "hamburger" for spaghetti

I like to use about half of this mixture for "hamburger" for spaghetti sauce. I crumble it in a pan and fry in olive oil with chopped onions until the small pieces are browned and crispy, then I add this mixture to my sauce and top noodles with it

You would never know, looking at this, that it wasn't fried hamburger

Photo: Vegetarian Mixture
Photo: Vegetarian Mixture | Source

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • When I grind my almonds, I like to loosely grind, so that there are little chunks of almonds, which adds a pleasing texture to these patties.
  • Add lots of olive oil. This helps to make everything crispy as it cooks
  • Check flavor of raw mixture and continue to add seasonings and/or barbecue sauce until the mixture has a delicious, flavorful, smokey taste.
  • The more seasonings, you add, the more flavorful these burgers become. A general rule of thumb, when using non-meat ingredients, is to use more seasonings, so the the vegetable mixture takes on those flavors. Fortunately, you can do this with herbs, over having to use lots of table salt.

Frying Red Bean & Almond Patties

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So Yummy: Barbecue Sauce, Rosemary & Garlic, Poultry Seasoning ...

Mixing in barbecue sauce really gives these burgers a wonderful taste.

Rosemary, crushed garlic, and poultry seasoning add so much flavor, too.

Forming and Frying Patties

Mix mixture with a wooden spoon and then work with hands until you have a ball. Mixture should stick together. If necessary, add more oat flour or whole wheat flour until you have non-crumbly patties. Pull off palm-sized chunks and shape these into rounds and then flatten, prior to frying.

Add olive oil to fry pan and brown patties on low heat until thoroughly browned and crispy. Use a liberal amount of olive oil for frying, so burgers have a satisfying crunch.

The great thing about all of this is that you do not have to worry about fat and calories.

Don't These Look Good? Crispy and Ready to Eat!

Image: Browned Veggie Burgers
Image: Browned Veggie Burgers | Source

Mm-Mm Good ...

Image: Veggie Patty
Image: Veggie Patty | Source

Did You Know?

  • Beans help to rid the body of cholesterol
  • Oats are considered a cholesterol-lowering food.
  • Whole grains help to cleanse the digestive tract
  • Garlic and onions have anti-cancer components
  • Almonds are a good source of calcium
  • Olive oil helps to raise good HDL

Topping Suggestions

Once your patties are cooked, you're ready to make delicious-tasting veggie burgers. Simply add toppings of your choice to Kaiser or hamburger buns.

  • Fried onions
  • Fried mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Alfalfa sprouts, if you have them on hand
  • Sliced dill pickles
  • Vegan cheese or regular cheese (optional)
  • Any spreads of your choosing, such as mustard, Thousand Islands, Mayo, Ketchup, etc.

Protect Your Health With a Tasty & Healthful Burger

Hands, down, when you eat veggie burgers made from these ingredients, you are protecting your heart and arteries, protecting your digestive system and building stronger bones. It's a wonderful feeling to eat a burger and not have to worry about fat and calories. Really, why wouldn't you eat something this good for you?

What Do You think of This Recipe?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Red Bean and Almond Burgers

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kaybear012 3 years ago from Chicago

Seriously going to have to try this. Went to a vegan restaurant where everything is raw and organic; I had some raw version of a sloppy joe with similar ingredients and it was amazing.


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Everyone, thanks for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments. After learning more about factory farms, these days, I'm turning more and more to humane eating choices.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a great option for people who are looking for new veggie burgers! Thanks for the unique recipe.


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to make these again and take more pictures. I'm very pleased with this recipe.

I love adding nuts and seeds to recipes and when one doesn't spend money on meat, you can afford the nuts/seeds.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

YUM! This is a wonderful burger recipe. Thank you so much. Great vegan burgers are hard to find. I will share this on Facebook for my vegan friends and friends who just want a healthy option.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

This looks like an amazing and delicious meatless burger. I plan to try it soon. I always use organic ingredients, including beans packed by Eden Foods in their BPA-free can. I'm all for healthy eating, but who says it can't taste great?

Voted Up++ and shared.

Jaye


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I must say these look really good and so healthful..I am going to try these soon. Thanks and voting up and pinning for other health oriented people.

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