Quick & Easy Red Bean Burgers

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Who would have thought that beans, oats, and other healthy plant-based ingredients could come together to form a delicious vegan burger? Well, they can—and this red bean burger recipe shows you how.

This recipe comes from Vegan 101, the latest vegan cookbook by superstar sister duo Heather Bell and Jenny Engel. These two have been cookin’ up vegan food in the Los Angeles area for years, where they offer catering and private chef work, along with hosting vegan cooking parties. If you’re ever in the LA area, you’ve got to check them out—you’re sure to learn a lot! Now, without further ado, enjoy their delicious bean burger recipe! 

The Beauty of Beans

Beans are a vegan superfood! While beans and rice may be the go-to recipe for an easy weeknight meal, there are so many other ways to enjoy them! This red bean burger recipe is also perfect if you’re gluten-free or just want a recipe that’s super simple and economical. Want to know more about what kind of nutritional value you’re getting out of this red bean burger recipe? Here are just a few quick facts:

  • Plenty of Protein – Red kidney beans are naturally high in protein and contain 9 grams per 3.5 grams! Whoever said beans don’t make you strong?
  • Multiple Minerals – What kind of minerals are found in red beans, you ask? Well I’m happy to report that the list is long and includes important minerals such as folate, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, and even copper! Red beans also boast vitamin K1 which is essential for blood coagulation.
  • Prebiotics Power – Red kidney beans contain substantial amounts of resistant starch and insoluble fibers known as alpha-galactosides, which function as prebiotics to aid in the process of digestion.

How to Serve Up Your Red Bean Burger Recipe

Whoever said eating bean burgers had to be boring? We have so many wonderful suggestions for spicing and sprucing up your red bean burger that you’ll find yourself planning burger nights every week.

Storing Your Red Bean Burgers

These red bean burgers will last up to three days in the fridge. If you decide to freeze them, allow them to cool on the rack and freeze them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to three months. When reheating, allow the burger to thaw in the fridge overnight.

Hope you enjoy this delicious bean burger recipe! If you want to find more recipes by Jenny and Heather, visit their website at Spork Foods and pick up a copy of their new cookbook, Vegan 101

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Quick and Easy Red Bean Veggie Burgers

Author: Jenny Engel and Heather Bell
4.86 from 7 votes
These quick and easy red bean veggie burgers are delicious! Beans are one of the vegan foods that wear many hats. They can disguise themselves as burgers, dips, and even meringue. We use red beans as the main ingredient in this burger because the color is spot on, the texture comes out meaty (in the most vegan-y way possible), and it’s a fantastic base for a wide variety of toppings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup unbleached flour or cornmeal
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil
  • 4 to 6 vegan buns, split
  • 4 to 6 4-inch square pieces romaine lettuce
  • 4 to 6 slices tomato
  • ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, barbecue sauce, or other toppings, to serve


  • In a food processor, combine beans, onion, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and brown rice syrup. Pulse 5 times. Add oats and flour or cornmeal, and pulse until mixture holds together.
  • Heat a large skillet and add oil. With damp hands, form the burger mixture into patties and place in pan. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
  • Toast buns until golden. Place a burger on each bun bottom, top with lettuce, tomato, other desired toppings, and remaining bun half.


  • Tip: Always thoroughly rinse and drain canned beans. They’re much more digestible after the bubbles are washed away and will prevent your belly from hurting.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword easy veggie burger recipe, quick and easy vegan burger, red bean burger, vegan burger

Vegan red bean burger recipe and photos by Jenny Engel and Heather Bell from Vegan 101. Article written by Michelle Cehn and edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which support our work at World of Vegan.

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  1. Jacquelyn Wells says:

    4 stars
    This is the first time I’ve ever tried vegan anything. I had to substitute molasses for brown rice syrup and regular flour for unbleached- that’s what I had on hand. I just want to try eating better. This was surprisingly not bad. I used lettuce leafs as buns.

    • So glad you chose us for your first vegan recipe 🙂 Lettuce leaves sound great with these burgers! Let us know if you need any recipe suggestions, we’re happy to help!

  2. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    I love homemade veggie burgers! They always taste so much healthier and more fresh!

  3. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    OMG this burger looks amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    Wowza this burger looks too delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been searching for the perfect bean recipe to make for my son (who loves beans, but is not vegan). I can’t wait to make these for the both of us. Yay! They look incredible.

  6. 5 stars
    Hollerrrr bean burgers!!! Sometimes it’s nice to go old-school with burger recipes and you can always count on Heather and Jenny for the best!

  7. 5 stars
    Mmmm, I love a good and simple burger recipe! Also love the tip on thoroughly rinsing and draining the beans for easier digestion.

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