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reader recipe poll: pesto bean burgers

Okay, I know the reader recipe poll voted for chik-fil-a “chicken” burgers.  And that’s what I set out to make… but in the end, they tasted more like pesto bean burgers.  Delicious pesto bean burgers, but not “chicken”.  Sorry, guys!

Pesto Bean Burgers (inspired by Laura)

  • 1c. garbanzo beans
  • 2c. kidney beans
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3c. bread crumbs
  • 3T. pesto
  • 1/2t. salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor til beans are mashed but mixture is chunky.  [If your food processor is too small (like mine).  Add remaining ingredients and mash together by hand.]  Use your hands to create 8 patties.  In a greased skillet fry patties over medium heat until brown (about 5 minutes on each side).  Let patties rest about 5 minutes before serving to firm them up further.  Serve on buns with toppings.

We had ours with avocado, provolone cheese, tomatoes, and ketchup.  They were so so good!  I was especially excited because this is the very first time I’ve made bean burgers that have actually held together!  I think the key to this was cooking over medium heat – I get impatient sometimes and try to cook it too high, which leaves it cold on the inside and still gloopy/floppy.

What are your go-to burger toppings? I always love avocado and tomato.

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