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Juicy and flavorful healthy meat-free bean burger recipe

Choose-Your-Flavor-Adventure Plant-Based Burger Recipe

These hearty, meat-free, nutrition-packed homemade bean, oat and quinoa burgers have no oil added. You can bake them on parchment paper to keep them oil-free, or, if that is not a concern, you can saute in the skillet with a bit of oil.
Servings 4


  • Food processor is helpful, but if you don't have one you can still make these!


  • 1/2 cup Mesa de Vida Recipe Starter Sauce in the flavor of your choice our Caribbean, Creole, Mediterranean, North African and Smoky Latin flavors are all fantastic with this recipe!
  • 1 can cooked and well-drained beans - black beans, garbanzo beans, cooked lentils, pinto beans, kidney beans all work great! about 1-1/2 cup cooked
  • 3/4 cup quick-cook oats if you only have regular rolled oats on hand just process them in the processor for a few quick pulses prior to adding the remaining ingredients.
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa if you don't have quinoa, you can swap in cooked white or brown rice
  • 2 Tb bread crumbs - regular, panko, whole-grain, or gluten free
  • salt to taste/health needs (I use about 1 tsp for this recipe) Mesa de Vida recipe starter sauces are extremely low in sodium, so you get to salt to your own tastes


  • Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place all of the ingredients into the food processor. Pulse until well-combined and the ingredients hold together well. *No food processor? First mash the beans in a bowl until smooth; then fold in the remaining ingredients until well-combined.
  • Wet your hands to prevent sticking. Pour the combined mixture onto a baking sheet or cutting board, forming into a rough square shape. Use the side of your hand to "cut" into 4 equal square portions. Form each portion (wet hands again if the mixture is sticking) into a round burger shape about 1" thick, then place on the parchment paper; repeat with the remaining burgers.
  • Refrigerate the burgers for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • After the burgers have rested in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, place the burgers (still on the parchment paper on the baking sheet) into the oven.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, carefully flip the burgers, then bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown and slightly crunchy (yum)!
  • *If you prefer to pan-saute these burgers in a skillet, preheat a skillet over medium heat, add about 1 tb of oil, then cook the burgers for 8 minutes per side.
  • Serve with your favorite burger toppings and enjoy!