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Freezer friendly bean burgers on avocado toast and bread
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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: European
Keyword: bean burgers, freezer friendly, gluten-free, no blender, vegan burgers
Servings: 12 people
Calories:
Author: Marlène Mamia

Equipment

  • Masher
  • wooden spoon
  • large pan
  • Baking paper

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
    sauté onions and garlic in olive oil with wooden spoon
  • 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.*
    mash kidney and butter beans for bean burgers
  • Add the potato starch, and mix well with a wooden spoon.
    freezer bean burgers potato starch
  • 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.
    shape bean burgers on 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.
    store bean burgers
  • 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**.
    freezer friendly bean burgers on pan

Notes

*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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger