Monday, January 28, 2013

White bean burgers (Secret Recipe Club)

White bean burger on whole wheat bun
It's time once again for another reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club (SRC).

Here's how the SRC works: each month I am assigned another member's blog (a different one each month). I then pick any recipe from that blogger's site, make it and write about it here. There's also a link hop at the end of the post so that I (and you) can check out all the other participating blogs and their great recipes.

I was a little nervous about this month's assignment, as I knew it would fall right during Detox January. I had my fingers crossed that I would be assigned a blog with at least a couple of healthy recipes from which I could choose.

I hit the jackpot!

My assigned blog was Cooking Whims, written by Megan, another New Englandah (yay!). Megan is clearly a big fan of Cooking Light recipes, as am I, so I was thrilled to find so many things to try. In fact, I wound up making two of her recipes and had a hard time choosing which one to feature (really, it came down to which one yielded a better photo).

The winner? White bean burgers, a perfect, meatless dinner option for Detox January.

Not all bean burgers are created equal, mind you; I've had too many experiences with their being either too crumbly or too gloppy, both conditions resulting in a burger that just won't stay together on a bun.

I'm happy to report that these white bean burgers not only held together but were also moist and flavorful. I modified Megan's recipe (adapted from Cooking Light) just a bit to accommodate what I had on hand, so I've presented it for you below.

I served these burgers on store-bought whole wheat buns but they'd be wicked on homemade Black Friday sandwich buns. And, if you're lucky enough to have tomato jam on hand, it would be an amazingly superior substitution for sliced tomato.

White Bean Burgers (adapted from Cooking Whims)
Note: This recipe yielded 6 large, kaiser-roll-sized burgers. You can make the burgers a bit smaller (and make 8) if you're using smaller buns.

For the dressing --
1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons minced green onion or chives
3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

For the burgers --
Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup almonds (sliced or whole, doesn't matter)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 15-ounce cans white beans (cannellini or great northern), rinsed and drained
1 egg

Whisk the yogurt, chives and feta cheese in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium. Add the onion and garlic and saute until the garlic is fragrant and the onion is beginning to soften (about 2-3 minutes). Place the onion mixture, along with the next nine ingredients (the oats through the egg), in a food processor and whirl until smooth.

Add a bit more olive oil to the skillet and re-heat it over medium heat. Using a 1/2-cup measure, drop the bean mixture into heaps in the skillet (carefully use a spatula and damp hands to shape and pat them into rounds. Cook for a total of 8-10 minutes, turning once, until nicely browned.

Serve the burgers -- topped with the dressing and spinach or lettuce leaves, as well as sliced tomato -- on lightly toasted buns.


  1. Awesome! I'm so glad you liked these! And glad they worked out well for your healthy detox January :) :)

    1. They were great -- will definitely be making a regular appearance at our house.

  2. Great post! I haven't had much luck with non-meat versions of a burger, mainly because my productions tended to crumble to pieces during cooking. Poor technique, I suppose, but maybe my recipes were not that good to start with.

    I am pinning this version!

    (Love your blog's name and the banner, too cute!)

    Happy Reveal Day!

  3. mmmm this looks super yummy! I'm kind of new to the whole vegetarian thing and am still sort of getting used to coming up with alternatives to meat. This looks like a perfect meatless option!

  4. What a delicious pick! I love making different kinds of burgers, so I can't wait to give these a try! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. How awesome is it that SRC worked out during your detox!?
    That burger looks mighty fine for being meatless :)

    Happy Reveal Day!

  6. Your bean burger looks great! :) Cooking Whims is a great blog! :)

  7. What a GREAT SRC pick! My veggie parents would love this, as do I! Karen from Lavender and Lovage and visiting from group D

  8. I regularly make black bean burgers but have never thought of trying white bean....sounds like a great change! Great SRC pick!

  9. Oo, looks great. I've never had or heard of white bean burgers (only black bean or lentil)....this looks like a fresh and tasty take.

  10. Those look wonderful. And something I'm going to try. I'm trying to eat healthier with more plant based food, and this would be great to try for one of our potlucks. Now I'm getting ideas for a 'burger bar bash' featuring some meat alternative burgers. Hmmm, gotta go and develop that idea a little more. Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. I like the burger bash bar idea -- let me know how the burgers turn out for you!