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Summer Burger Bash: Butter Bean Burgers

June 21, 2011

Ever had bean dip as a burger?

I have.

And it’s pretty tasty.  Needs a little more jalapeno, but sometimes you have to think of the tiny people in your house rather than your own taste buds.

The sacrifices you make as a parent.  Sigh.

But these are great for a fairly easy and quick to make burger that will satisfy despite the fact that there’s not an ounce of meat in it.  Perfect for summertime.

They’re easy to mash, easy to form, and managed to stay together relatively well.  Only destroyed one in the cooking process so I consider that to be pretty successful.  This would also be a great recipe to involve the kids in.  Mine decided to involve herself with the stirring and occasionally eating the beans during the mashing process.

You know they’re going to like it when they practically swallow the bean whole followed by “Yum.”

Butter Bean Burgers



1 (15 ounce) can butter beans, drained

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper.  Add more for additional spice.

6 saltine crackers, crushed

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Thin rolls – Don’t use hamburger rolls.  The amount of bread overpowers the burger.


1. In a medium bowl, mash the butter beans with a fork, making sure that they form a creamy, paste-like substance.

2. Mix in the remainder of the ingredients and form into 4 patties.  Do not try to do more than 4 or they simply aren’t substantial enough and are harder to maneuver in the skillet.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Place patties into the skillet, cooking about 4 – 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Serve with sandwich rolls and enjoy!


This post is linked to Midnight Maniac’s Meatless Monday and Frugal Follies.

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