Black and White Bean Burgers with Pesto Mayo

July 7, 2013

I really love a good burger.

But some days, I love a good bean burger even more.

My bean burger enjoyment began as a kid. When I was in elementary school my sister became a vegetarian. Whenever she came to visit, my mom would always have homemade bean burgers tucked away in the freezer.

It’s completely possibly that I either started eating them because of my sister or because I really thought they were delicious. Either way, I started and never stopped.

Now, bean burgers consistently pop up in our house. I like experimenting with different bean mixtures and toppings. This round, I made about six extra burgers and put them in the freezer (just like mom!). They’ve been a serious lifesaver. I work from home, so it’s nice to have something easy, healthy and filling to turn to.

Black and White Bean Burgers with Pesto Mayo

2 cans drained and rinsed black beans
1 can drained and rinsed white beans
1 onion, finely chopped (I caramelized mine)
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 eggs
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)
1 1/2 tablespoons 21 seasoning from Trader Joe’s

Pesto Mayo
2 tablespoons prepared pesto
2 tablespoons mayo

Start by adding the beans, onion and carrot to your food processor. Pulse the mixture a few times. You want it to be combined but not a paste (you should be able to recognize beans in the mixture).

Transfer the bean mixture to a medium to large sized bowl. Add the eggs, breadcrumbs and seasoning and mix with either a large spoon or your hands. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours. I let mine chill overnight.

Once chilled, form the patties with your hands. I use about 2/3 of a cup for each patty. But you can adjust according to how big you like your burgers.

Spray a large frying pan with pan spray (I like the coconut oil pan spray from Trader Joe’s) and cook the patties over medium heat about 4 minutes on each side. Try your best not to fuss with the patties while they cook. This will help keep them intact while they cook.

Combine the pesto and mayo.

Fix your bun. I like a good spread of the pesto mayo, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato.

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