I’m a meat and veggie burger fiend and probably eat a burger about once a week. Learning how to make really good veggie burgers at home definitely took my cooking skills up a notch! I’ve never been into frozen veggie patties (but they’re good in a pinch) and prefer these since they’re more customizable and I love the texture.
Theses beauties come together in about 30-40 minutes, including the time it takes to freeze them.
Why freezing these burgers before cooking is suggested
So, these are vegan, which means there’s no binding agent. I don’t like dealing with flax eggs either, so I just left the patties to fend for themselves without anything to hold them together.
That’s why you have to freeze them for about 15 minutes before cooking. That way, they stay together in the pan!
Using Other Beans In This Recipe
I think these would work well with chickpeas or pinto beans.
Just note that this recipe calls for a 15 oz (425 g) can of beans, so whatever you use, make sure it’s the same amount.
You are also encouraged to substitute the corn, red pepper or red onion with other ingredients. If you want to simply omit them, make sure to add an extra 1/2 cup of a veggie you DO like to add more flavors and textures.
Same goes with the flour. You can use any flour you want in this recipe, but I wouldn’t skip it because then the pattie “dough” will be too watery to form into nice veggie burgers.
Baking vs pan-frying these burgers
Sure, but expect the texture to be a little different!
These burgers can be paired with anything you want. Throw ’em in a lettuce wrap or traditional bun with your favorite burger fixings. Pair them with sweet potatoes and green veggies like I did in the video below. I think they’d also go well with a greek salad, or maybe for breakfast with an egg!
This dish will last in the fridge for up to four days and in the freezer for around three months. If you make this, I recommend storing half of it in the freezer in individual portions so you have the ability to thaw only what you need. Store and eat the other half for your weekly meal prep!
Easy Freezer-Friendly White Bean Veggie Burgers
- 1 sweet potato or any pototo you like
- 15 oz can of cannellini beans (any white bean would work)
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup flour of your choice, I used whole wheat
- 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper finely chopped (you only need 1/2 cup total)
- 1/2 cup corn I used canned corn
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 lemon for juice
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chipotle powder add more you like heat!
- 1/2 tsp cayenne optional, if you like heat
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- Cook the quinoa according to the package. Optional: rinse it first!
- Preheat your oven to 400 F.
- Toss the potato wedges in a bowl with the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Add cayenne or crushed red pepper, to taste, if you like them spicy! Transfer to a baking sheet prepped with foil or cooking spray (up to you) and bake for 30 mins, flipping halfway.
- Drain and rinse the beans, then place in a medium-sized bowl. Mash with a masher or fork.
- Add all the remaining ingredients except the oil to the bowl and mash it all together with the fork. It will look crumbly and that's ok!
- Use your hands to shape the mixture into 6 patties. Place them on a tray or plate and put them in the freezer for 15-20 mins.
- Heat a skillet over a medium flame for 2-3 minutes, then add the oil and let it heat up for 1-2 mins. Add as many patties that can fit with some breathing room. Cook on each side until brown, about 5 mins.
- Assemble: place the patties on the lettuce, stack the red onion and tomato next to them, then add the potato wedges. Let cool for 30 mins before placing in the fridge. Eat within 4 days and top with your garnishes and sauce before eating!