Kidney Bean Burgers


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These kidney bean burgers are a great alternative to store-bought veggie burgers— plus, they are easy to make! Perfect for a summer barbecue atop a whole wheat bun with your favorite burger fixings or try them crumbled on a salad for something out of the box!


  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans (or 1.5 cans kidney beans)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped herbs like parsley, oregano, garlic, shallots, or a mix.
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Add the beans to a pot with 3 cups of water and bring slowly to a boil. (Skip steps 1 and 2 if using canned beans.)
  2. Simmer for 90 minutes or until soft.
  3. Remove from heat and drain beans, saving the “bean water”.
  4. In a skillet on low heat, mix the herbs and olive oil and heat.
  5. Add beans and lemon juice and mash with a fork.
  6. When the beans reach an even consistency, add bean water and continue cooking over very low heat until all water has evaporated.
  7. Form into patties and serve hot or cold.

Adapted from The Benevolent Bean by Margaret & Ancel Keys