Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger

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Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger

The best veggie burger you’ll ever make, made from a tasty blend of farro, white beans, garlic, and barbecue sauce. This veggie burger is firm, won’t crumble, and is a flavorful plant based patty option.

Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger

After years of cooking other people’s veggie burger recipes and never being fully satisfied on texture or flavor, I finally took matters into my own hands and created what I believe to be the best veggie burger!

Veggie burgers can either crumble or be too mushy when you bite into them and they can be full of breadcrumbs and other non nourishing ingredients. And as for flavor, veggie burgers can be very underwhelming. But not this one!

Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger

The farro is a hearty, nutritious grain that helps bind the burger together and offers a firmness to the patty. The white beans and oat flour give the veggie burger a burst of protein and the barbecue sauce makes the burger seem, well, meaty.

These burgers can also be grilled on a grill – they’re that firm!

A few notes on substitutes:

  • If you don’t have farro, brown rice will work in a pinch. Don’t use quinoa, the burger won’t be firm enough.
  • You can use black beans or pinto beans as a substitute for white beans, if you want a different flavor. If you do, add some chili powder for a more Mexican flare!
  • Don’t skimp on the cumin – it adds a much needed flavor.

Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger

These burgers are shown with a “special sauce”, burger-style, but you can use whatever you’d like – more barbecue sauce, guacamole, ketchup, or your favorite burger sauce.

Hope you love this recipe, and I can’t wait to see your photos!

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Recipe

Serves 6 patties

Farro and White Bean Veggie Burger

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve on buns with desired toppings and drizzle with more BBQ sauce.
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29 comments

Anonymous says:
Any other suggestion for substitution of farro? Thanks
Meaghan says:
Brown rice works as well!
PJL in ATL says:
Ummm, these are AMAZING! Been looking for a bean burger recipe and yours popped up on Instagram on a grocery store day. Swapped pinto for white beans solely because I curiously had three cans of pinto. And, while the flavor was tops as-is, I added a little salt, chili powder and white pepper. Thanks for the guidance on making oat flour, sparing me a panic, and for a non-spiraled recipe (have two of your cookbooks but I’ve gotten super lazy on kitchen gadget usage since the Covid crud hit).
Meaghan says:
This is great to hear!!
Marsha says:
These sound delish, Ali! I was wondering if there is anything I could substitute for the cumin, which I have an aversion to. I can’t eat curry, chiles or anything spicy. Maybe an herb or herbs? Thank you!
Meaghan says:
We would just suggest experimenting!
DOUG says:
Will you divulge your "Special Sauce" recipe? I'm always looking for burger sauces!
Meaghan says:
We're so happy to hear you're interested! Definitely will consider it!
Roxanne Lavender says:
Curious as to a substitute you would suggest in place of oat flour. I have a serious allergy to oats.
Meaghan says:
We haven't tried any substitutes but we hear flax is a good substitute for oats.
Mary m young says:
I too have just discovered Farro. FYI faro is an ancient grain that the romans ate just before going into battle. I cook mine in the Instant Pot. I make a batch ad pack them in silicone cup cake pan and freeze. when they are frozen I freeze in a recloseable food saverbag. each serving is about a half cup. Tastes like a cross between brown rice and barley. The old name for Farro was emmer which was part of my maiden name which makes it very special to me. Good luck in your new home.
Meaghan says:
Thank you for sharing!
Mary m young says:
The ancient name for farro is Emmer which is part of my maiden name. the romans ate it before going in to battle. to me it tastes like a cross between barley and brown rice, I freeze mine in large silicone cup cake pans. they wen frozen I pop them out and freeze in a food saver reclosable plastic bag. each cup cake is about a half cup. best of luck in your new home.
Christina says:
Do you recommend a substitute for mayo? Major mayo hater over here!
Meaghan says:
Plain greek yogurt is a similar sub!
Amber L says:
These sound delicious! Thanks for posting a photo of the inside of the burger, a lot of bloggers don't do that and I think it's helpful to see the inside.
Meaghan says:
That's great feedback. Thank you!
Alyssa says:
Hi! Do you have any recommendations for what to do to prevent these from crumbling? I've made them twice and both times I've had a hard time with them staying together. Thanks!
Meaghan says:
Try a little more liquid (mayo or bbq)! You want to just make sure they're not drying out too much! Experiment and let us know how it goes.
mary m young says:
these bergers are the best ever and my new best friend. I cooked the farro in my instant pot. I added frozen diced avocados. Bought a cuisenard hamber press and it worked perfectly. froze them flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. then food sealed them with my sealer. They realy look like pale hambergers. thanks Did you know that the r omans ate farro before going into battle. So ifyou are going to have a hard day eat farro, lol,,,,,
Meaghan says:
What a great fact! We're so glad you enjoyed these so much!! They're perfect for those summer BBQs.
Anonymous says:
I made this recipe exactly as given. It was good but a little bland. I added some sauce on top made with sour cream, sriachi and cilantro giving it the extra kick that it needed. When forming the patties I sprayed my hands with olive oil spray to keep them from sticking to my hands.

Meaghan says:
This looks great!! Thank you so much for sharing!
Courteney schaarschmidt says:
Have you ever cooked with coconut flour? The store did not have any oat, so I bought this instead. Wondering if it will work? Can not wait to try this recipe, it looks amazing! I LOVE all your recipes and following your Instagram! Thank you!
Meaghan says:
We have not but we always encourage experimenting! If you give it a go, please let us know how it comes out!
mary m says:
I have made about four batches of the farro burgers and think they are the best thing since sliced bread. What i do is add about a cup of frozen diced avocado. I make a batch of farro in my Instant Pot and freeze in silicone cup cake pans. Pop out and freeze in a large jumbo zip lock bag. I also use a hamburger press lined with parchment. 'freeze on a parchment lines cookie sheet. I cook them frozen in a hot iron skillet. This is one of my favorite lunches. You can dress it up or eat A as is. I also use a food processor. I also buy a can of beans that has six different beans in a can which adds interest and flavor.
Meaghan says:
This sounds amazing, Mary! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Share a picture next time. Would love to see!
Anonymous says:
I would love to share pictures on line but dont have a clue about doing. will have to wait till my granddaughter comes over to clue me in. lol
Meaghan says:
Awe, yes, definitely have her show you! We'd love to see!

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