A really good bean burger is hard to find. I have tried hundreds of them over the years and this Mediterranean Diet based bean burger recipe is one of my all time favorites.
There are a few things that make it so good.
- Eggs – Many bean burgers fall apart, but the addition of eggs makes it so it stays together as a burger throughout the frying.
- Garbanzo Bean Flour – This also helps to bind the burger and adds flavor. It also makes the burger gluten free (you could use regular flour or bread crumbs, but I recommend the Garbanzo Bean Flour if you can find it.
- Fried in Olive Oil – Frying the bean burgers in a healthy olive oil adds flavor, but more importantly, it creates an almost crispy outer layer. As you probably know, you can safely fry with olive oil on a medium heat. You just don’t want the oil to smoke (it can steam, but not smoke).
- Garlic and Sage – Garlic and sage gives the bean burger a sausage like flavor that I love.
Bean burgers are super quick and great to make when you don’t know what you are making for lunch or dinner. Just grab the ingredients from the pantry, prepare (10 minutes), fry (10 minutes) and within 20 minutes your meal is ready.
Condiments are always vitally important for any burger, but I love them on bean burgers! Dijon mustard, catsup, mayo, relish, sauerkraut, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion slices are just a few possibilities for burger night.
If you are going super traditional burger night, you could make sweet potato fries and roasted cauliflower. Bean burgers also go well with a salad like our avocado, radish and cucumber salad or fried onion salad with black olives.