Bittman's Simplest Bean Burgers



What to make for lunch? It's always the big question of the day. After reading a lot of reviews of How to cook everything Vegetarian by Bittman on the Cooking Light boards I ordered my copy thru the library. I always like to have a good look at a cookbook before buying it.

So it was 1 p.m., I was hungry and needed something quick. I finally sat down with the cookbook and I started to flip thru the soups section but always had an ingredient missing to make any of the recipes. I did not feel like doing a trip to the grocery store. So I finally remembered people talking about 'The Simplest Bean Burgers'. I thought how can a simple burger be good. There was only six ingredients in the list. But if people were talking about it there has to be something good about the burgers. Timing was saying 20 minutes. So I said to myself: what do I have to loose? Let's do it. I throwed everything in the food processor, which took about 5 min., made the patties and cooked them 5 min. per side and 15 min. later, not 20, lunch was ready. As it was cooking I made a simple side salad to go with the Simplest Bean Burgers. I whisked some olive oil, Dijon mustard, a good balsamic vinegar, a touch of maple syrup, salt and pepper. I added nice tomatoes, fresh lettuce, green & red onions. Everything was ready at the same time.

I have to give this recipe a 10/10. I just devored it and had two patties. The rest will go in the freezer later uses for quick lunches. Bittman surprised me again. And yes this Simplest Bean Burger was really good. I don't know how someone would ever go back to store-bought veggie burgers after trying these.

Recipe:
The Simplest Bean Burgers

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  1. I have got to try this when I get a chance. Normally when I have canned chickpeas, I end up making the same thing- hummus.
    Your burger recipe is pretty simple.
    I also your idea of adding maple syrup in the dressing.;-)

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  2. I forgot to mention that I did use black beans for this recipe. I also tend to make hummus with chickpeas.

    An addition of maple syrup in a dressing gives just the right amount of sweeteness to it. So you get the sweet, sour, salt and bitter taste.

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  3. These bean burgers do sound wonderful. I remember my veggie dad having bean burgers when we were young. As an aside..I didn't find the mini filo cups at Superstore...but at a little Mediterranean Market here.They are perfect little bites!

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  4. I've never heard of that cookbook before! I look forward to seeing what you post from it. You've convinced me that I must try these bean burgers!

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  5. dis donc, ça a l'air trop bon! mais je vais essayer de traduire ta recette car je ne comprend pas tres bien l'anglais
    bisous

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  6. I love beans! Your burgers may be simple, but I bet that they are gorgeously tasty!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. Oh, this is a great recipe. Thanks for giving the option for canned chickpeas-- I frequently get frustrated by recipes that always call for them dried, considering there are cans and cans of them here that I don't know what to do with.
    Excellent vegetarian option!

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  8. This sounds so yummy! Thanks for the recipe - I may have to try this tonight! :)

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  9. My everyday problem is what for dinner,this is a simple and good idea to try

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  10. Alright, Helene, you have so motivated me to make some bean burgers this weekend. Yours looks great.

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  11. How to cook everything vegetarian is Mark Bittman latest cookbook. So I don't think everyone knows about it yet.

    Val: thanks. I did not find them yet. I'll cross my fingers, I may be lucky.

    Salwa: je n'ai pas encore eu le temps de la traduire. Merci de venir faire un tour.

    Thanks for everyone that dropped by and left comments. It's always appreciated.

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  12. This is good to know. I bought the cookbook, but Bittman's cookbooks are so large, it's often hard to know where to start, so I haven't made anything yet. This will be a good place to start.

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  13. Bittman's book are real bible. Lot's of info. In the cooking light forum there is a whole thread dedicated to that book. Maybe you can get some info there.

    http://community.cookinglight.com/showthread.php?t=112118

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  14. I saw this recipe and meant to try it - now I will for sure.

    I love the idea of freezing them for quick lunches - yum.

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  15. Karen: you have to try it. It's good, nutritious and you can serve them many ways.

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  17. Thanks so much for this recipe. My hubby has stopped eating meat and he would love to give these a try at a BBQ!

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