Basic Bean Burgers

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Posted By: MD
Posted In:  Subs
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Preparation Time:  60 minutes
Cooking Time:  60 minutes

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Serves:  Many.

Additional information: Note: The longer you knead and simmer the gluten, the tougher it will
become, so you can pick your own texture. This recipe is a lot simpler thanthe "old-fashioned" way!


  • 1 cup textured soy protein granules (this is a textured vegetable protein)
  • 1 scant cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
  • 1 16-oz can pinto, kidney, or other beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat vegan bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tarmari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • whole wheat flour for dusting


Victoria Schiloni, who owns and operates a vegetarian catering service in Philadelphia, offered this Basic Bean Burger along with a peanut-y variation.

Pour boiling water over textured soy protein and tomato paste in a bowl. Stir and let rest for 10 minutes. In food processor, combine textured soy protein mixture and remaining ingredients except for flour. Pulse until mixture is almost a puree. Dust hands with flour and shape mixture into 6 burgers. Dust them lightly in flour. Layer the burgers with sheets of waxed paper and refrigerate for at least one hour. Cook on a gill covered with foil for about 10 minutes on each side.

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