I’ve always hated when veggie burgers fall apart or become mushy when they’re cooked. That’s why I took matters into my own hands to make a firm, flavorful and plant-based veggie patty that has all the satisfaction of a real burger without any meat.
This patty gets its nutty flavor from cooked farro and oat flour. Protein and structure come from cannellini beans, and tons of flavor from garlic, onion and your favorite BBQ sauce. Best of all, this recipe is easy to customize with ingredients already in your pantry. The burgers freeze well and are a quick and easy family-friendly meal.
How to Make Farro and White Bean Burgers
Making these burgers is a simple process. You’ll saute the aromatics on the stove, then combine everything in a mixing bowl. No need for a food processor, blender or any other special equipment. I like to bake the burgers in the oven to cook them. They come out crispy and firm every time.
Here’s what you need to bring these healthy grain and bean veggie burgers to life:
- Garlic and onion. These healthy alliums add deep umami flavor to every bite of your burgers.
- Cannellini beans. Just 1 15-ounce can is all you need to add protein and help the burgers hold their shape. You can also use black or pinto beans for a different flavor.
- Cooked farro. Farro is a hearty, nutritious whole grain that helps bind the burger together and offers firmness to the patty.
- Oat flour. You can easily make oat flour at home by blending whole oats in a food processor into powder. You can also find oat flour pre-ground at well-stocked grocery stores.
- Cumin. This seasoning goes so well with nutty farro and creamy white beans. If you like, you can also add chili powder and Mexican oregano to amp up the Mexican flavor profile.
- Mayonnaise. This helps add richness to the burgers and binds them. For vegan white bean burgers, use dairy-free mayo.
- Barbecue sauce. A bit of your favorite BBQ sauce transforms your veggie burgers. Hello, flavorful, meaty patties!
Can I Grill White Bean Burgers?
Yes! If you’re hosting or headed to a BBQ where you know there won’t be many vegetarian options, bring along your homemade veggie burgers and toss them on the grill. You may need to bring extras because even meat lovers are going to want to try these patties.
Veggie Burger Topping Ideas
I serve my burgers with extra barbecue sauce on top with toasted buns. Other toppings that work great on these farro and white bean burgers include:
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Fresh lettuce
- Slices of tomato
- Cheese (vegan or regular)
The smoky BBQ flavors of these burgers really work with any of your favorite classic burger toppings.
Is Farro Gluten-Free?
Farro is a type of wheat, so it does contain gluten. This recipe is not gluten-free, though you could substitute the farro for an equal amount of cooked brown rice to make it gluten-free.
Storing Homemade Veggie Burgers
This is a great make-ahead meal. You can store the shaped patties either cooked or uncooked in the fridge for up to four days in an airtight container.
Or, freeze them for up to three months. Thaw the burgers overnight in the fridge and bake, pan-sear or grill as directed.
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Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 15oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup cooked farro
- ½ cup oat flour if you have oats, just pulse in a food processor until flour-like!
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise can be vegan!
- 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- to serve: sliced avocado lettuce, cheese, etc
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the onions and garlic and cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the white beans and mash with the back of a fork until mostly mashed. Add the cooked farro, cooked onion mixture, oat flour, cumin, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce.
- Form the burgers into patties (about ½ cup per burger) and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Once burgers are formed, you can bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or cook on the stovetop with olive oil, about 5 minutes per side.
- Serve on buns with desired toppings and drizzle with more BBQ sauce.