Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bean Burgers

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm not a gambler, and have very low expectations when it comes to winning contests or giveaways. For years I'd enter and have nothing to show for my efforts, but it seems my luck has changed. Last week I received a package containing the Real Food Diet Cookbook by Dr. Josh Axe, some Equal Exchange Fair Traded coffee and vegan Snapdragon cookies made by Liz Lovely. The gifts were part of a giveaway sponsored by The Foodie Blogroll which is administered by Jenn Campus, its creator. I was thrilled with my windfall. I hope that all of you will take a look at the contests and giveaways that can always be found here. The Foodie Blogroll is also a great place to network and meet fellow bloggers.You won't regret your visit.

Dr.Ash is a wellness physician and radio show host. The real food diet he supports is not a fad or quick weight loss plan. His interest is in real, unprocessed food that will improve overall health. He is a proponent of counting nutrients rather than calories, fats or carbohydrates. His focus is on recipes that use unprocessed food and the book contains a wealth of information for those seeking a better diet and healthier lifestyle.

My regular readers know that my husband is a committed carnivore. He views meatless meals the same way a vampire views holy water or a cross. While this is not a strictly vegetarian cookbook, I wanted to try at least one of the meatless entrees for this post. My theory being, if the Silver Fox would eat it, it had to be good. I decided to go with the recipe for bean burgers. You'll probably have to shop for some of the ingredients needed to make these. Most kitchens don't have coconut oil or gluten free breadcrumbs lying around, but it is important to remember that these are recipes designed for a new way of eating, and that requires an openness to new ingredients. The burgers are very easy to assemble and they are quite good. Next time I make them I'll use less lime juice, but I was generally happy with the recipe. Oh, and yes, the Silver Fox ate his. He slathered it mayonnaise and buried it in a bun, but he ate it without complaint. If you are a proponent of "real" food, you'll like this book a lot. Here's the recipe for the bean burgers.

Bean Burgers...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Dr. Josh Ash and the Real Foods Diet Cookbook


2 cups cooked garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained if canned

1-1/2 pounds sweet onions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided use

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Black pepper to taste


1) Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large pan and saute onions until they are soft and begin to caramelize. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Place caramelized onions in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

2) Place garbanzo beans in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Add bean mixture to bowl containing onions.

3) Add all remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly. Form into patties. (I used a third cup measure to make 6 patties.)

4) Heat remaining coconut oil in pan and cook burgers until done, flipping once. (I cooked mine over medium heat, 5 minutes per side.) Serve with avocado slices and sprouts. Yield; 6 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:

Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa - Culinary in the Country

Turkey Bean Burgers - Real Mom Kitchen

Vegan Bean Burgers - Elle's New England Kitchen

Asian-Style Bean Burgers - Finger Licking Food

White Bean Burgers - Rachel Hearts Food

Vegan Mung Bean Burgers - Jeena's Kitchen

Gluten-Free Bean Burgers - Gluten Free Gobsmacked

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