Cajun Bean Burgers

Serve up some sizzle–simply and inexpensively–with these luscious good-for-you burgers. Good-quality protein without saturated fat, plus lots of fiber and great Cajun taste, add up to a winning summer meal.


3 tablespoons olive oil, more if needed
1/2 cup minced onions
1/4 cup minced celery
1 large garlic clove, minced finely
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup pecans, chopped coarsely
1 teaspoon tomato paste
Tabasco sauce to taste (a dash is usually enough)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
Salt to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (more, if you like it really hot)
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
Your favorite burger rolls and condiments

1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then add the onions and celery. Cover pan and cook, stirring once in awhile, about 5 minutes until the veggies are softened. Add garlic and cook around 30 seconds, until fragrant but not browned.

2. Place veggies in a food processor along with kidney beans, pecans, tomato paste, Tabasco, thyme, paprika, salt, cayenne, and 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs. Process until well combined, but with some texture still remaining.

3. Place mixture in a bowl and shape into 6 burger patties. Coat patties lightly with remaining 1/4 cup bread crumbs, then cover and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes (this will help the burgers to retain their shape).

4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy-bottomed skillet. Add burgers in batches and brown, turning once, about 5 minutes on each side. You may need to add a little more oil.

5. Serve on your favorite toasted burger buns, with condiments if desired.

Serves 6.

Inspired by The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2002).


Natasha Gordon
Natasha Gordon10 months ago

I will definitely be trying this out for dinner tonight. I will post my review later.

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C1 years ago

Excellent recipe! I'm definitely going to make these. I also loved the suggestion from a blogger 9 years ago! :) turn this recipe into burritos and tacos too. Thanks!

Jennifer F.
Jennifer F1 years ago

I am not vegan or vegetarian nor do I eat a lot of meat or dairy but.....I would love to try this recipe! Sounds like it would be delicious!

Amber K.
AB K7 years ago

I can't wait to try this :)

Heather B.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thank you.

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Sounds yummy...

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago

thanks for the post.

Bobbie Rose
Bobbie Sheranko10 years ago

I made an alteration to the recipe and everyone loved it. I made it into burritos and tacos instead of burgers. I also have mixed both black beans and pinto beans to the kidney beans and it worked fine. My family doen't even want meat tacos and burritos now!

Bobbie Rose
Bobbie Sheranko10 years ago

I didn't make burgers but made burritos and tacos. Everyone loved it. I have mixed both black and pinto beans with the kidney beans and it was fine.

Alice Bernd
Alice Bernd10 years ago

this a magnificent recipe for tapas with cold white wine all summer long brava! please tell me why i cannot print it