craving a burger? try this veggie version made with white beans, quinoa + roasted garlic

Sure, I love to cook. But when it comes to doing so at home for myself, I like to make something that’s easy, will last awhile, and lends to simple reheating and preparation. I like to be able to grab something from the fridge and have a healthy balanced meal ready in minutes. A veggie bean-based burger fits the bill. They take about 30 minutes – from start to finish (clean up included!) – to make, and will be welcome additions to your fridge – or freezer – when hunger strikes.

This particular ‘burger’ has been a favorite of mine this summer. Seasoned with roasted garlic , anise, and oregano, this white bean + quinoa burger is full of flavor and ‘meaty’ texture. Serve in a traditional burger fashion on a bun, in a pita, or lettuce wrap – or crumble on a salad.

Feel free to add in fresh herbs like basil or parsley. They would be delicious pulsed into the mixture (with the quinoa and chia).

White Bean + Quinoa ‘Burgers’


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
2 cups cooked cannelini beans (if using canned, choose unsalted)
1 head garlic, roasted (directions below)
1 cup cooked quinoa
3 tablespoons chia seeds


Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Saute onions, stirring occasionally until softened; about 5-6 minutes. Add anise seeds, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes; stir, until fragrant for 1-2 minutes.

Add cannelinni beans to food processor. Squeeze the head of roasted garlic into food processor and add the sauteed onion. Blend until smooth. Pulse in quinoa and chia seeds.

Transfer mixture to bowl, and let sit for 5-10 minutes until the burger mixture thickens.

Use a quarter cup to evenly portion into patty shapes.

Heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet on high heat. Lightly grease. Cook patties for 5 minutes on one side. Gently flip, and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.

Serve on a bun of choice, or in a pita. Top with avocado, whole-grain mustard, tomato, roasted pepper, lettuce, arugula…. or anything your heart desires!
Yield: 9 burgers


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