Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Red Bean-BBQ Burgers

Happy hump day! Last night for supper I made some red bean-bbq burgers that were out of this world. I'm far these are the best bean burgers that I have made. I used to love bbq before I became a vegan. These remind me so much of bbq. If your from the south, then you know what I am talking about. :o)

Jillian Michaels, from The Biggest Loser, posted a jalapeno-red bean-bbq burger recipe on facebook a while back. I thought it sounded good, so I printed it off. The original recipe called for an egg white, so I decided to do a chia egg in place of that. I made a couple of other changes to the recipe, so I'll share with you what I did. First, let me tell you that when I cook bean burgers, they never seem to turn out like the picture in the recipe. The picture below doesn't do the burgers justice.

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup onions (chopped)
1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped) I used the last of my fresh Roma's
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1/4 cup dry wheat bread crumbs
1 tablespoon wheat germ
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 chia egg (I did 1 teaspoon chia seeds to 3 teaspoons of water)

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, tomato, garlic and chili powder. Saute for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely mash the beans in a bowl.
Add in onion mixture, breadcrumbs, barbecue sauce, and the chia egg (I mixed 1 teaspoon of chia seeds with 3 teaspoons of water and let that sit for about 5 minutes before adding it to the mixture).
Shape into 4-6 balls (depending on how large you want your bugers), and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. To me, this helped them to stay together better when I flattened them out into patties.
Heat a little olive oil in a nonstick skillet and cook the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side (until golden brown). I'm sure I cooked mine a little longer, because they aren't too golden. :o)

I had mini burgers last night with tater babies. The only thing I put on my little burgers last night was lettuce. I just couldn't get over how good they were without all the toppings.



  1. These certainly look interesting! I would've never though of it myself :-)
    Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

  2. mmm these sound amazing AND you used a chia egg; I <3 chia eggs as a binder!

  3. Those burgers do look good - I think a burger with beans that holds together is always good! The tomatoes in the burgers sounds like a great addition, and I like the fries too. Yum! By the way, I remember you asked where my parents live - they moved to Tipton Co. just north of Memphis a few years ago. They still commute to Memphis for work, but the love living in the country ! (I think they are crazy for doing that!)

  4. It's great to find a fav burger recipe! I love the addition of BBQ sauce. I think I'll have to give these a try. Thanks for the recipe and the tips on the chia egg...I've never used it before for binding!

  5. The look wonderful.. but I have no idea what are chia seeds! Never heard of them... an egg substitute?


  6. Yes, the burgers look good, but those tater babies look great! Are they frozen fries?

  7. Those burgers do sound good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  8. nice, and i think they look ok in your pic!styff ikethis is so good to have in the fridge, to top salads with or to snack on...i need to make some...!

  9. I love making my own veggie burgers...well I love eating them because they are more Johanns specialty! looks so yummy!

  10. These look great! Can not wait to try them. Just as a little FYI that I just discovered if you are using already made bread crumbs from the grocery store they have all kinds of things in them like eggs and milk! I have been using regular bread crumbs this whole time and assumed the ingredients were bread and! I was quite surprised when I read the ingredient list. I ended up switching to panko bread crumbs because they do not have an animal products in them.

  11. What a great idea! I haven't had red bean ones before!

  12. I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe so much! I have the same problem with bean burgers. Either mine turn out nice and firm and keep their shape, or they seem to melt in the pan, and I get a big globular bean mess. I'll have to try this recipe!

  13. Now here's a recipe I've never seen before and I am going to have to try it! I use the "chia egg" for various foods and it seriously can't be beat. Do you have a market near you that sells chia seeds? I've been getting them online for about 2 years now from because I have yet to find any stores near me that carry it. The closest whole foods to me had them once about a year ago but then stopped carrying them because I guess not enough people knew how awesome chia seeds are!

  14. J. - I also have to order my chia seeds. I order mine from I actually order several things from them. My nearest wholefoods is a little over an hour away, so we don't make it very often.
    If you try the burgers, let me know what you think. :o)