Freezer Friendly Bean Burgers (gluten-free | no blender)
Once you make a stash of these Freezer Friendly Bean Burgers, you will want this recipe to become part of your weekly meal prep! These burgers are very easy-to-make and prepare ahead so you can freeze and reheat them whenever you need a quick meal! They have a bulky satisfying texture, which makes a perfect meat-free alternative for homemade burgers. Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free.
Servings: 12 people
- 2 tbsp olive oil or any vegetable oil
- 2 onions peeled and finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes finely chopped
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 2 cans kidney beans rinsed and rained - dry weight: 240 g (for one can)
- 1 can butter beans rinsed and drained - dry weight: 250 g
- 2 tbsp potato starch or cornstarch
Watch the one minute recipe video to see all instruction steps.
Heat a large pan with olive oil. Add the chopped onions and garlic cloves to the pan, and sauté on high heat until the onions are brown.
Lower the heat to medium heat, and add the chopped tomatoes and all spices (garam masala, curry powder, cumin seeds, salt, chili powder). Cook for about 3 more minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Turn off the heat, and add the 2 cans of kidney beans and 1 can of butter beans to the pan. Mash everything with a masher.*
Add the potato starch, and mix well with a wooden spoon.
If you intend to freeze the burgers, prepare 12 rectangle pieces of baking paper. Use your hands to shape the burgers and place each of them on one side of a piece of baking paper.
To store away, fold the pieces of baking paper to cover the upper side of the burgers. Gently place the burgers in airtight containers and place them in the freezer. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To unfreeze or cook the burgers, you can choose one of the following options:-Fry the burgers in a pan, using vegetable oil.-Grill the burgers on a grill.-Air fry the burgers in an air-fryer (linked is the one I use and recommend)-Or cook the burgers in the oven. Then, cook until the burgers are brown on both sides**.
*Or transfer everything to a food processor if that is more convenient for you.
**Whatever method you choose for cooking, just make sure you cook the burgers long enough so they are cooked on the inside. To ensure easy cooking, shape the burgers thin enough to cook fast on the inside. The thicker your burgers are, the longer you will have to cook them.