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Delicious Vegetarian Bean Patties
To call me a skeptic about veggie bean patties would be putting it mildly. The first time someone offered me one of these I looked at them like they had three heads. But now I eat these healthy burger alternatives all the time. The ingredient list is very minimal, they take next to no time to make, and they're delicious. These veggie bean patties have a smooth texture and a very robust flavor that makes your average beef patty look boring.
The reason the flavor of a veggie bean patty is so much more bold is that instead of all the spices being washed away by tons of fat and grease like you experience from your typical meat burger. The beans actually absorb all the spices and make them that much more flavorful.
Not only are veggie bean patties tastier, they are also a whole lot more heart-healthy as well. Unlike your regular meat burger, which is drenched in saturated fats and all kinds of other things you don't need. Beans are one of mother nature's power foods, they are packed full of proteins, antioxidants, and fiber, so eat up. Plus they're good for your heart, I know you all have to remember that song, lol.
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Below is the recipe for a delicious veggie bean burger.
- 2 cups cooked, drained, and dry pinto beans
- 1 cup field snap peas or other veggie of your choice
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 cup dry Bisquick mix, flour, cornmeal, or other coating mixture
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil, olive oil, or coconut oil
- 2 small cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 Tbsp spicy garlic seasoning (or use your favorite spice)
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (this will give your burgers a bit of crunch)
- The first thing you will need to do is to make sure you cook your beans thoroughly. Otherwise you will not be able to mash them, they won't taste very good either.
- Once your beans are completely cooked, and washed then drain them, and set them aside to dry.
- Sauté your onions and garlic for a minute or two, to soften them a little. I usually sauté my veggies in coconut oil, it makes them more flavorful. But you can use whichever oil you prefer.
- Now mix your onions and garlic in with your beans, add all your vegetables, spices and breadcrumbs, and blend.
- Then mash your mix as chunky or smooth as you want it. Start forming your patties until they resemble burgers in shape.
- Once your patties are formed, dip them into your dry Bisquick or mix of your choice. Make sure to coat both sides well.
- Add the oil to your frying pan and wait about 5 minutes, so the oil has time to get hot. Then place the patties inside your pan and fry to your liking. I usually recommend cooking them about 5 to 8 minutes. Any longer than that, and they begin to burn. But hey, if that's how you like them, then make them crispy.
I hope you enjoy this healthy recipe. If you like, you can change up the type of beans, oil, flour, or cornmeal you use. The outcome is still pretty much the same, a yummy, tasty, and healthy veggie bean patty. I have found these little jewels taste absolutely delightful with a little bit of hot sauce; a tad spicy, but very yummy.