There is so many ways to make a burger, so many plant-based patty options and trust me, I have tried a good amount of them myself. Of course, you might think that nothing beats a Beyond Meat patty nowadays, but if you are looking for a healthier alternative these kidney bean patties might be what you need. Kidney bean patties are also a lot more budget friendly than Beyond Meat, so if you need to cook for more people, this could save your life.
For a long time after I started eating plant-based, making a good burger was a mystery to me. I didn’t realize that a vegan burger needs A LOT OF juice. My burgers would often end up being dry and way more tasteless than they should be. I can’t say that I have perfected the plant-based burger but I can safely say that this ain’t bad.
Some of the key ingredients for making a good plant-based burger are:
- Choose more than one dressing – mayo for the bun, garlic dressing for around the salad and maybe even a bit of butter for the buns as well (you choose what suits your palate)
- Buns can be everything! Choose buns that actually taste good, try to bake them a bit before and have them warm while serving your burger – a little bit of crisp can change a lot.
- Fries!! Make sure to get fries that have a bit of extra flavor if you buy them frozen. If not, make sure to season your fries and don’t forget to add salt. Fries can be half the experience when eating a burger. Oh – and don’t forget the dip for the fries! Chili mayo is an all time favorite amongst many.
The Plant-Based Kidney Bean Patty
The first step to making tasty plant-based burgers is preparing your patty. Lucky for us, this one is actually quite quick to make and the only process that requires a bit of extra work is the frying of the patties. I have never tried baking these, but if you do please let me know how it goes! I believe baking them should be possible and possibly quite successful.
Serves 8 burgers
- 2 cans kidney beans
- 1 onion (red or white)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 100g oats
- 1 tsp garlic or onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika (I used smoke paprika! Both will work)
- 1 cube bouillon or salt
- 2 peppers (red, green, yellow, whatever you have)
- 1 batch of parsley (the more the better, but you can try just using as much as you have)
- oil for frying
How to prepare the patties:
- If you have a food processor, process your kidney beans to mush, and if you don’t – mash them well with a fork or a potato masher.
- Add the parsley, peppers, onion, and garlic (all chopped finely, or even better processed) to the mashed beans.
- Add the bouillon or salt, the spices, oats and breadcrumbs and mix all together well.
- Taste the mixture and add more salt or any other ingredient if needed.
- Shape into patties (8-9) and fry in oil or if you have a crazy good non-stick pan maybe you can even try without oil.
- Fry until they look a bit dark and crispy (around 3-4 minutes each side on middle heat).
- Enjoy in your burger!
What to put in the plant-based burger?
For the bun:
- Vegan Mayo, vegan garlic mayo, vegan butter
Extra dressing for inside the burger:
- Vegan garlic mayo, chili mayo, any mayo taste you like, vegan garlic dressing or similar
- Choice of salad – iceberg is my favorite, cabbage could work as well, try mixed green salads
- Sun-dried tomatoes are always great
- Onion (I hate onions, but some seem to love them inside this burger)
- Olives (black, since green are a bit too overwhelming)
- Any veggie you personally love – these above are just my recommendation.
I actually don’t put vegan cheese on this type of burger but if you wish to, you could do that. It is perfectly tasty without the cheese and quite budget-friendly as well.
If you do choose to put cheese try some sort of vegan cheddar.
On the side?
I like to have mine with fries on the side and I often choose to use ready ones that just need to be popped into the oven for 12 minutes. My favorite are Barbecue Fries or regular pommes. Don’t forget a separate dressing for the fries to give your burger a bit of a kick. Separate dressing ideas:
- cheese dip
- more mayo
You can also try sweet potato fries, baked/glazed carrots, coleslaw or anything else you enjoy on the side of a burger yourself. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things on your burger – it is the only way you will find out what works for you!
Enjoy our plant-based burger!
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