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Monday, May 4, 2020

Veggie Burgers Made With Beans and Rice

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 The year 2020 will go down in the records for a lot of reasons. The main reason people will remember the year 2020 will be a deadly respiratory virus that affected the whole world. This C lung virus changed so many things for many people and one of them is the way people eat. Many people started eating at home more often and many had to learn how to cook. Not only did people have to learn how to cook, many had to learn how to cook with ingredients like beans and rice. Beans and rice were items that people stocked up as they panicked shopped. I remember the day that I entered the grocery store for the last time in 8 weeks to stock up on food, as my college kid was going to be living with us for a while. When I entered the store, I was not planning to stockpile, as I already had a stockpile of food, but when I saw the empty shelves, I admit I bought more than I was planning. I was thankful that most of the food I wanted was still on the shelves.

You are going to LOVE these veggie burgers! These easy to make vegan burgers are:

Super flavorful
Loaded with healthy ingredients
& Seriously tasty

Beans and rice were most peoples prepper items 

 I am glad that I did not need any beans and rice as the stores had none. People were hoarding all the beans and rice but not me. I always have plenty of dried beans and rice in my pantry as they are staples in my plant-based diet. I think most people were hogging all the beans and rice as they had read that they were great for long term storage or they read a blog post about the best foods to stock up on for an emergency or zombie attack. These people never thought that they had to actually eat the beans and rice. So now these food hoarders or C virus preppers have 25-pound bags of rice and uncooked beans in their pantries and have no clue how to make them taste good. I can hear the groans at dinner time: "not beans and rice again!"

  Beans and rice are economical food choices. Beans and rice are also a good source of meatless protein so they are included in many vegetarian meals. Did you know that beans are loaded with fiber and lots of nutrition? When beans are combined with grains, they are a complete source of protein. When people think of meatless meals, they think of beans and rice. Here in New Mexico, beans and rice are always served at Mexico restaurants as a side dish to the main meal. So my guess is even people here are looking for bean recipes beyond refried beans or beans smothered with green chile and cheese.

How to cook dried beans

 Most people who hoarded the beans probably had no clue how to cook beans and were shocked at the time it took to cook beans. Once they learned that they had to soak the beans over-night and then cook the beans for 2-hours, I bet they stopped cooking beans. Beans can be a pain to cook but once you learn some bean tips, you might cook beans more often. The best way to cook beans is in a pressure cooker as you can cook beans in about 40 minutes. Cooking beans in a pressure cooker is easy as you just rinse the beans, cover them with water, start the pressure cooker, and walk away.

 Another way to cook beans is in a slow cooker. This bean cooking method takes 6 hours but it too allows you the freedom of not having to watch a pot. The basic bean cooking method used by most is the stovetop bean cooking method but this can take 2 hours or more. You also have to watch your cooking pot so it does not over-boil, so no walking away from the kitchen. My preferred bean cooking method is the pressure cooker or instant pot.

You can freeze beans

                            Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl

So now that you know that dried beans take a while to cook, you need to think ahead when meal planning your meals. When I cook beans, I always make a double batch of beans. I then store the extra cooked beans in my fridge or freezer for other meals. Beans freeze quite well. My bean advice is to freeze the beans in recipe size portions, like 2 cups, so you can use them in bean recipes like pressure cooker BBQ baked beans or white bean chili. You can even use the beans to make healthy Gluten-Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies or vegan tuna salad. Once you discover that beans are a frugal source of protein and many bean recipes like this veggie burger recipe, you may just be stocking your freezer with cooked dried beans.


So many varieties of beans

                            Shape the mixture into patties

 If you are new to cooking dried beans, you probably can name only a few types of beans. The most common dried beans are pinto beans, black beans, red beans or kidney beans, navy beans or white beans, and garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Lately, garbanzo beans have been my favorite and I have been cooking dried garbanzo beans in a pressure cooker. I have been making so many recipes with garbanzo beans like vegan crab cakes. The beans that my family has been eating plenty of have been pinto beans and I have been making mock Chiptole beans with them as this recipe only needs a couple of spices along with dried pinto beans.

 Other less known beans are calico beans or Anasazi Beans, Cannellini beans, and lima beans to name a few. I always have several types of dried and canned beans in my pantry. I love using canned black beans for tacos and canned garbanzo beans for my easy hummus recipe.  Dried beans are cheaper but canned beans are convenient. This veggie burger recipe can be made with cooked dried beans or canned beans. You can also use any variety of bean in this plant-based recipe.

Dried beans to cooked beans

A rule of thumb for dried beans is 1 cup dried beans equal 3 cups cooked beans. So a pound of dried beans equals 6 cups of cooked beans. A can of beans equals about 2 cups of beans

A few simple ingredients are needed to make veggie burgers

 These tasty meatless burgers are made with simple ingredients like beans and rice along with spices that you probably have in your cabinet and bread crumbs. You can use white or brown rice, depending on your preference and the bean of your choice. I like to use black or pinto beans in my veggie burger recipe. I made these burgers with white rice but I prefer brown rice as it is more nutritious. I was out of brown rice. If you don't have any rice but have quinoa, you need to make this quinoa and bean veggie burgers.

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Veggie Burgers Made With Beans and Rice

Veggie Burgers Made With Beans and Rice

Yield: 5
You are going to LOVE these veggie burgers! These easy to make vegan burgers are so healthy and flavorful.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked beans, I like black or pinto
  • 1 cup cooked rice, brown or white
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce or ketchup


  1. In a skillet heat the oil over medium heat and add the diced onion. Cook the onion until soft, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Add the cooked beans to a large mixing bowl and mash them well with a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and the cooked onion to the bowl with the mashed beans. Stir well. To get the veggie burger mixture combined thoroughly, I like to mix it with my clean hands. Don't worry about germs as cooking the veggie burgers will kill any germs in the food. 
  4. To assemble the veggie burgers, take a 1/2 well-packed cup of the mixture, and use your hands to form it into a burger shape.
  5. Set the formed burgers on a baking sheet.
  6. Heat up a skillet to medium heat and lightly coat it with oil.  Then place as many burgers that will fit in the heated pan.
  7. Cook the veggie burgers for 4 minutes or until well browned. Then gently flip the burgers as these burgers are not as firm as regular ones made with meat. 
  8. Cook the burgers for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  9. Serve the veggie burgers on buns with desired toppings like lettuce, tomato, ketchup, etc. Store leftover burgers in the fridge for three days.
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  1. This is a great recipe for my vegan friends! I would gladly make these for them when they come over for a dinner visit. Great recipe to share!

  2. What a great vegetarian meal for Fridays! I need something new in my lineup.

  3. I've never had a veggie burger before but I'd totally be open to trying one. Thanks for the inspiration friend!

  4. These look great! I'm not a vegan or even vegetarian but I do appreciate and enjoy meatless meals every now and again. Looks delicious!

  5. I would love to try this recipe those Burgers looks so delicious and well-made thank you for this

  6. These look good! I actually like veggie burgers. I'm not vegan but sometimes I'll have one for a change and they are pretty tasty. I prefer the real burgers, but now and again I'll have a veggie one!

  7. That's quite an interesting take on a burger. I don't think I've tried a veggie burger before but that looks quite delicious!

  8. I've never had a veggie burger made with beans and rice. I love beans and rice and these burgers look delish!

  9. I've tried to make veggie burgers on a number of occasions and they never turn out right. I'm going to try this one!

  10. These definitely look better than the veggie burgers you can buy. Thanks for sharing.

  11. There is a restaurant in town that has wonderful bean burger. I've never tried to make one myself and now I can!

  12. My aunt makes something similar during our family cookouts since she's not a fan of meat. Perfect for hosting.

  13. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. We've been looking into making our own vegan/vege burgers. Plant based burgers are all we eat these days.

  14. very cool. even though this is vegan, it loooooks so delicious. not thinking there's no meat in there! i love this... thanks for sharing...

  15. What a simple but healthy looking recipe. I have not done homemade burgers in so many years that I forgot how easy it is to make them. It looks like I will be trying out this recipe very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Wow, I didn't know I could freeze beans. Thanks for the tip! And these veggie burgers look really yummy, I have to try to make these!

  17. Yes, many people most likely did stock up on beans at the beginning of the lockdown. This recipe is a great way to use the beans if they do not know how to do so.

  18. These look delicious! I am always interested in trying a new veggie burger recipe. I'll add this into our meal plans next week.

  19. They look delicious! Definitely worth a try!

  20. I don't think I have tried a veggie burger yet. The recipe you've made looks easy and the burgers look delicious.

  21. I'm sure they taste as delicious as they look. Amazing veggie burger recipe. Would definitely give it a try

  22. I've never made veggie burgers before but you make this look really easy. Thanks for sharing

  23. This is a very interesting recipe. I am definitely going to try this one out. Thanks for sharing

  24. It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

  25. It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.


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