Recipe Challenge: Day 12 – Bean Burgers

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Do not, I repeat do not tell my kids I served them a bean burger! Not that they would complain, considering they ate every last ounce but still, if they knew it was a bean burger they would have rolled their eyes even before they took a bite.
  That’s all it takes sometimes with kids, you mention one ingredient and you get the “ewww, yuck” Eye roll here, grimace over there. Kids are tricky, so Mom’s need to be sneaky. I’m one sneaky Mom let me tell you. I feed them zucchini brownies, carrot muffins, even carrot and eggplant patties! They didn’t even blink an eye when I made their french fries out of squash! If you don’t tell them, they will never know! Or at least don’t mention anything until after they ate it all. ha

Meet the Bean Burger which is Diabetic friendly !

I used the Rosemary Focaccia I made yesterday to make the bread crumbs. Since the bread was full of garlic and rosemary there was plenty taste just from that alone and I didn’t add much garlic to the burger mix. It tasted wonderful! We really enjoyed this!
Bean Burgers!
Ingredients
1 can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
3/4 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs (one slice of bread crumbled up)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup walnut pieces
2 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
2 cloves garlic quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

In a food processor, combine the beans, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, onion, nuts, basil and garlic. Process until mixture is coarsely chopped and holds together.

 Shape bean mixture into 1/2 thick patties. Place remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Carefully brush both sides of each patty with oil. Dip patties into bread crumbs, turning to coat both sides.
They are very sticky, be careful placing them into the hot skillet.
 Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook for about 5 minutes before turning. It takes about 10-15 minutes for them to cook through. Reduce the heat if they are browning too quickly.

*One thing I noticed right away, these patties are very moist, so flipping them too early will break them apart. Wait at least 5 minutes and flip very carefully.

Serve on a whole wheat bun with spinach and some light ranch salad dressing. Makes about 4 burgers, but the recipe can easily be doubled!

My kids liked the different taste, half ate the burgers with ranch dressing the other with ketchup. Thumbs up for a healthier burger 😉 Enjoy this one!

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