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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17 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!

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