Bean Burgers, the more you eat the more you upset your boyfriend

I will put the warning at the top here folks. These are not a first date dinner recommendation. I enjoyed them immensely but the after effects nearly left my relationship in tatters. I implore you to stand downwind to all those who love you if you get gassy eating beans like i do.

These are everything i try and promote on my humble little site, cheap. tasty and easy. This is very much a store-cupboard raider meal and you can choose to go as big or simple with additions as you like. I did mine with lime creme fraiche, salsa and hummus with a little spicy cheese and to be honest…i could have left he cheese off. I know, i was just as surprised.  As avid meat eaters the BF and i were satisfied and these are very easy to make veggie or vegan if you have those sorts of people in your life.

I would also highly recommend getting a burger shaper. Yes you can just use your hands but as this recipe makes six you can freeze the rest for the future. I got mine from Amazon and comes with the wax disks too for less than a fiver!


You will need

  • 2 tins of kidney beans, strained and washed
  • Half red onion
  • 1 egg
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tblsp salsa (if you don’t have any then try tomato puree)
  • Spices to taste, i used paprika, cumin seeds, dried chilli seeds and dried Italian herbs
  • Plenty of seasoning.


Put your oven on at around 200c

Tip the beans into a bowl and go at it with a potato masher or fork until about 75% of the beans a crushed. Finally chop the onion and throw in, same with the garlic cloves and salsa. Next add your spices, i just do this by eye but you can afford to be adventurous, and your seasoning. Finish with the egg and breadcrumbs and give it all a really good mix.

Either use your hands or your gadget to make six burger patties and arrange them on a baking tray. Bake for around 20-30 mins until they are warm through with a nice crust.

Serve with toppings of your choice but to copy me take a few dollops of creme fraiche and juice a lime on top, mix well with plenty of seasoning and spread over a toasted bun. Use the rest of the salsa if you used it. The world is your bean burger oyster however! Try with a fried egg, with peanut butter and bacon, onion rings or whatever you fancy!


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