Spicy Adzuki Bean Burgers

Adzuki beans are small red beans that originated in China. They are a staple of the macrobiotic diet, and they are a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and B vitamins. Adzuki beans have been called the “weight loss bean,” since they are low in calories and fat, yet high in nutrition. And hey – who doesn’t love a good burger?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked adzuki beans*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • egg replacer for one egg**
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne or other hot pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Saute onion, green bell pepper and garlic in extra virgin olive oil, plus salt and pepper to taste, over low heat until softened.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Meanwhile, mash beans in a large mixing bowl.
  5. When onion/pepper/garlic mixture cools, add to beans.
  6. Add remainder of ingredients and mix well with your hands.
  7. Divide into four large patties.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes on each side.
  9. Top with your favorite burger toppings.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes:

*You can substitute any cooked beans (black, kidney, etc.) for the adzuki beans, if you have trouble finding them. You can also used canned beans, if you’re looking for a shortcut!

**I used EnerG egg replacer. You could also use 2 tablespoons potato starch, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or squash, or 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with a couple tablespoons of water.