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Vegetable Bean Burger


This simple vegetable bean burger recipe turned out to be one of the most popular recipes in my first book, UnDiet. They are all at once easy to make, seriously fibre-rich, and deliciously flavourful. Many of the frozen veggie burgers you can buy in stores are full of hexane-extracted soy fillers,  gluten, synthetic flavours and other nonsense – not to mention seitan burgers. Unlike the store bought variety these vegetable bean burgers are a veggie burger that actually uses vegetables.

What has made this recipe such a reader favourite is how diverse it can be enjoyed. For example:

  • Put it in a bun and enjoy it like a regular burger.
  • Bake it in a long shape and wrap it up in a collard with your other favourite toppings.
  • Give your salad a couple of these as a protein-powered topper.
  • Enjoy on the go with a little spread of your favourite dip.
  • Make them into small, round balls and serve as an appetizer.

These also freeze amazingly well, so I’d recommend making a double batch while you’re at it, and either freezing raw to cook fresh when you want them, or bake up the whole lot and freeze what you don’t eat. These will thaw and crisp up nicely in the toaster for a quick dinner addition.

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Vegetable Bean Burger

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 1 15oz can organic chickpeas, fava beans or white beans (about 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 organic egg or 1 serving chia paste
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup carrot or sweet potato, grated
  • 1/2 cup kale, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400F .
  2. Place beans, lemon juice, curry powder, sea salt, and olive oil in food processor with the S-blade and mix until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Stir in egg or chia paste, mix well and then add the vegetables.
  4. Mix in flour and baking powder. If the batter still feels too wet, add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time.
  5. Using about 1/3 cup of the mixture, form round slightly flattened patties and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned. Using a spatula, flip them over and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. All to cool for 5 minutes and then serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Entree

7 responses to “Vegetable Bean Burger”

  1. Pat Merkel says:

    Why do you people think that us vegetarians would eat an egg yolk, EVER!! What would be the point of not eating meat, dairy, etc., if we would take in all that cholesterol in an egg yolk? I am very disappointed in your burger recipe – with the egg yolk, you would incorporate at least 4 times the cholesterol that would be in the meat burger. Yes, I know that I could use the chia alternative – and I do – but please desist from using egg yolks and calling the recipe vegetarian!!

  2. Nadia Zaid says:

    Hi Megan, this recipe looks delicious and nutritious and I can’t wait to try it. I don’t have access to chickpea flour, what would you recommend as an alternate?

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      You could try almond flour, buckwheat flour or brown rice flour. The recipe is flexible so you could probably use most gluten-free flours – the only thing I wouldn’t use is coconut flour, which soaks up a lot more liquid than other flours.

  3. Heather says:

    Can rice flour be substituted for chickpea flour?

  4. Linda Case says:

    Although I forgot this recipe was in my copy of Undiet, I made these tonight and they were quite delicious- even two teen gobbled them down- and one asked for the recipe! I made them with the shredded sweet potato and switched the curry powder to Turmeric Twist Savory blend (by Frontier Co-Op). I also appreciated the option to chose an egg or chia seed as a binder. Titling the recipe as a Vegetable Burger is very inclusive as opposed to being called a “vegetarian” or “vegan” burger – which it certainly could be if desired.

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