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Meaty Bean Burger

Meaty Bean Burgers

These bean burgers are loaded with plant-based protein as well as fiber, vitamins and minerals (and no saturated fat or cholesterol), beans have also been shown to fight cancer. Quinoa adds additional protein, and the kale, onions and spices turn this burger into a cancer-kicking all-star!

Recipe Source: 

Recipe reprinted with permission from KICKING CANCER IN THE KITCHEN © 2012 by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Photo Credit: Steve Legato

Number of Servings: 

8 burgers

  • 2 cups cooked kidney beans or canned, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked black beans or canned, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped (white parts)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup kale, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Put the beans in a large bowl and mash well with fork. Add the onion, scallions, eggs, kale, quinoa, basil, parsley, garlic, oats, ground flaxseeds, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix well by hand or in a food processor to combine then shape into eight four-inch patties.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange patties in single layer, working in batches, and cook about seven minutes on each side, flipping once until cooked through and golden brown on both sides.
  4. Enjoy with or without a bun, topped with sliced avocado, red onion, lettuce and tomato.

Kendall’s Tasty Tip: I usually double this recipe and freeze the extra burgers for times when I need a quick, nutritious meal. Allow the burgers to cool, then separate with wax paper and place them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to use, simply take one or more out to thaw, then warm over medium-low heat until heated through.