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Recipe: Italian Bean Burgers

Posted Jan 08 2009 3:07pm

Italian Bean Burgers

Happy New Year everyone!  A new year begins and like most, I’m watching the eating after a great Christmas and New Years.
The first recipe of the year doesn’t disappoint those looking for some healthy alternatives by creating a light and healthy alternative to the great burger.  The great thing about this is it uses no flour in the burgers, only flour to dust them.  These italian-themed burgers use cannellini beans, with mushrooms and basil, accompany it with oven-roasted rosemary potatoes and you have a great Italian treat!


  • 4 burger rissoles


  • 400 grams can butter beans (cannellini beans)
  • fresh basil - 2 tbs torn
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 mushrooms, blended down (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbs flour


  1. Drain the butter beans and pour into a big jug.
  2. Using a potato masher, mash the beans down to what looks like mashed potatoes.
  3. Mix in the herbs and spices.
  4. In a blender, mince down the mushrooms and garlic together.
  5. Mix into the bean mixture thoroughly.
  6. Once mixed, split into four and roll into balls before flattening into hamburgers.
  7. Place the flour on a plate and spread it out.
  8. Place the hamburgers into the flour and wipe the excess off.
  9. On a non-stick pan, dry fry the burger each side for five minutes before serving with your favourite burger toppings in a  bun.

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