Chunky Kidney Bean Burgers

by veronica

Let’s reinvent an old classic, the kidney bean burger. This one is chunky and has a smokey flavour. I use my thick tomato sauce, which I usually use as a pizza base to make it more rich in flavour.

Serve with sourdough burger bread and homemade vegan mayo to make this burger experience complete.

Making these burgers are a perfect Sunday afternoon activity for cold and rainy autumn days. Make a large batch and freeze.

Ever wondered why everyone is so keen on kidney beans? These are a few of the many benefits of kidney beans:

  • 22-gram protein per 100 grams of dried kidney beans
  • Source of amongst other vitamins and minerals: iron, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9 (folic acid), calcium, and zinc.
  • High in fibre.
  • Easily assimilates flavours from other spices and herbs.


  • 400 grams / 14 oz dried kidney beans, soaked and then cooked
  • 2 dl / 200 ml / ¾ cup roughly chopped raw cashew nuts
  • 1,5 dl / 150 ml / less than ½ cup thick pizza sauce
  • 1 pc red onion, chopped
  • 2 pcs garlic cloves
  • 2,5 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 pc large kale leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1,5 tsp veggie bouillon powder
  • 2-3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil + rapeseed oil to fry in for a really crisp surface
  • sea salt


  1. Soak kidney beans overnight. Cook as directed on the packaging. Let the beans cool off before you make the burger batter.
  2. Add kidney beans, cashew nuts, garlic cloves, pizza sauce, liquid smoke and kale leaves to a food processor. Blend until fairly smooth.
  3. Add oil and salt, and blend.
  4. Taste the mixture, and add more spices or salt if preferred.
  5. Mix in chopped onion and parsley to the burger batter. (Do not blend in the food processor).
  6. Add cornstarch and work thoroughly into the batter. Then let the burger batter rest for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Create burgers, fry in rapeseed oil or oven bake for a low-fat version.

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Eliza November 23, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Fantastic burger, alternative and healthy version for me! Eliza :)

veronica November 23, 2014 - 4:17 pm

I’m glad you think so. I hope you will try the recipe :)

Alyssa November 25, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Wonderful vegan burger! I just wanted to let you know that I have a food blog at Simply Creative Recipes where people can share their photos. You are welcome to share yours if you would like! Happy Thanksgiving! Alyssa

veronica November 26, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Thanks for your kind words and I’ll check out your site. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Erika April 24, 2018 - 12:11 pm

What’s liquid smoke, what’s an alternative for it ?

veronica April 27, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Hi Erika, Thanks for your question! Liquid smoke is a flavouring that is used to get a more rich flavour to any dish. Especially things like burgers or soy mince dishes. You can read more about it here:

Instead of Liquid Smoke you can use smoked Paprika powder to get that hickory flavour.

I hope this helps, otherwise just let me know.

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