Vegan Kidney Bean Burgers

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Vegan Kidney Bean Burgers

For long time now, I have wanted to prepare veggie burgers, or rather it was my husband’s long pending request and I finally made it from Jai and Bee’s blog. Their Spicy Vegan Kidney Bean Burgers is a fantastic recipe. I was able to prepare it for dinner in no time. I made some changes to the original recipe to use what we had in hand and to suit our taste.

We had our kidney beans veggie burgers on a bed of iceberg lettuce and grilled zucchini with a side of potato/sweet potato fries.

You can use this kidney bean burger recipe as a base to make a variety of veggie burgers. Black beans or chickpeas can be used too. Some cooked quinoa or brown rice can also be mixed in while making the burger patties for additional protein and fiber content.


Vegan Kidney Bean Burgers Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins15 Mins/Batch8 Vegan Burgers
Vegan Kidney Bean Burgers
5.0 from 2 reviews
Want to make a fast food take out style dinner at home which is easy and healthy? This vegan kidney bean burgers is the way to go. Once you have all the ingredients ready to go, this kidney bean veggie burger can be made in no time.
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans kidney beans (used “no salt added” ones)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small piece ginger, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon Maggi Tomato Chili Ketchup (or any flavouring of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ajwain
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast or roasted chickpeas flour
  • to taste salt and lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds or any other nuts
  1. In a food processor blend together all the ingredients except the chopped almonds. It should not be a fine paste. It should be coarsely ground. Using the “pulse” option would be better.
  2. Add the salt and lemon juice as per taste.
  3. You should be able to roll it into balls and flatten it as patties. If it looks sticky add some corn flour to get the right consistency. I used some more oats to be able to make it as patties. If it looks dry add a tablespoon of water.
  4. Now fold in the chopped almonds too. Do not skip it as it gives a very good crunchy texture.
  5. Use a tabletop grill if you have one or toast the patties on a hot pan/grill style griddle on stove top. I used the latter. Spray the grill with non stick oil spray and placed the burgers on it. It took around 8 -10 minutes for one side. Let it cook completely on one side, don’t be in hurry and bother to turn them immediately, because it will lose it’s shape. After 8 minutes or so, slowly flip it over the other side and let it cook for another 7-8 minutes. Vegan kidney bean burger is ready to eat!
My Notes:
  1. If you don’t prefer using canned beans, you soak about a cup of raw kidney beans overnight, pressure cook it with enough water and then proceed with this kidney bean burger recipe.
  2. I don’t have a food processor, so at first I just drained one can and rinsed it well and mixed all the other ingredients listed in the recipe and blended it using my Indian mixer. And let me tell you, it was little tricky to get the right consistency. Initially it did not grind at all and once I added a little water it became very mushy. I was glad that I reserved the other can. Now I opened the 2nd can, drained and rinsed it and mashed the beans nicely with a potato masher and mixed the ground mixture to this. Even then I was not able to make balls out of it. So instead of adding flour to the mixture as they had mentioned, I added a handful of quick cooking oats and I got the desirable consistency to shape them into burgers.
  3. The original recipe mentions to use either ajwain (omam) or cumin, but I strongly suggest to go with ajwain, because I felt that it gave a very good flavor and aroma to the burgers.
  4. I also did not have nutritional yeast, so used roasted chick pea flour (besan) instead.
  5. For the buns, I used Arnold’s Select 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins. It is a mere 100 calories, with 6gm fiber and 5gm protein and it doesn’t taste like mulch also.
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  1. Brenda Graham

    Thank you for this recipe. I used Brazil nuts, rolled oats, and put some silver beet in the food processor too. They held together very well and were tasty. I’ve made a double bunch as we have a friend coming for lunch tomorrow so I’ll think of a dressing to put on them.

    • Madhuram

      Wow! That sounds awesome, Brenda!

  2. Lori

    I made this recipe and loved them so much that I decided to make a big batch to have extra in the freezer.
    I have an important question: Have you ever formed the patties and froze them before grilling or frying? I made 3 recipes to try to have them handy to eat. Or do you think it is best to cook them first and freeze them after because the dough can get very watery?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Lori. I haven’t tried freezing the dough or patties, but I’m thinking that cooking and then freezing might work the best.

  3. Kim

    Hi Madhu,

    thanks for the reciepe.
    I don’t have grill pan at home, can I cook them in oven? Or in normal pan? With oil?


    • Madhuram

      Yes you can Kim.

  4. Conce

    I just love all your recipes! I have tried a lot of different cakes and most people don’t notice it is vegan!
    Thanks a lot

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Conce. 🙂

  5. harun

    I am impressed with the collection of recipes

  6. Carol

    Madhuram I just found your website recently and love everything I see. I am having difficulty locating the actual recepie for these vegan burgers and would love to try them. Please guide me to it.

    Thank you!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Carol. Please check above – the recipe has been updated now.

  7. GC

    I’m really impressed with your collection of recipes…I’ve always been looking for ways to avoid white rice,deep frying and including more fiber & protein and your recipes do just that!!! Kudos!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks GC.

  8. Samantha

    I love love love love love the Arnold’s buns! They’re so good and just the right amount of bread! I do miss regular bread though for making french toast, regular toast and croutons!

  9. LinQ

    Burger looks crispy & yummy reminding about those one could have only in Mc’Donalds….:-)
    & as usual your one of the best in decorating the recipes making them mouth watering 😛 just like ur last post “Eggless chocolate cake!!!

  10. sushma

    :mrgreen: That looks so bite pls.. 😮

  11. Mansi

    they look beautiful Madhu! I ahve been wanting to try bean burgers for quite some time now! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  12. Uma

    OMG! Look at those burgers! The recipe really rocks! I am going to try those for sure.

  13. Anjali Damerla

    Yum. Perfect for those lazy long weekends.

  14. Bharti

    That looks really yummy, lovely picture. I haven’t tried their recipe but I make similar version too. I love that it is really convenient.

  15. Meera

    oooh..I so could have one right now. The burger looks really delicious with frires 🙂

  16. DivyA Vikram

    Looks like those found in restaurants MAdhu..I have made bean burgers almost similar to these..Love those fries nearby.

  17. sangeeth

    yummy girl!!!

    You have a surprise in my blog

  18. notyet100

    this looks so awesome…thnks for sharin..

  19. Laksh

    kalakare madhu!

  20. Laavanya

    That looks awesome Madhu – and how did you cut your fries like that (crinkles)? Now who wouldn’t love that meal?

    Thanks Laavanya. I used McCain’s frozen french fries and sweet potato fries.