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Garlicky White Bean Burgers

Scott Phillips

Yield: Makes 8 burgers

Beans make up the bulk of this burger, but that’s far from all there is to it. Farro gives it texture, while sun-dried tomatoes, Parmigiano, rosemary, and fennel seed add loads of Mediterranean-inspired flavors. Skip the buns and serve over a lightly dressed arugula salad featuring olives, capers, pine nuts, tomatoes, and some grilled lemon, if you like.


  • 2-1/2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 large)
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/3 cup pearled farro
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic (from 3 medium cloves)
  • 1/3 cup panko
  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1/2 oz. (1/2 cup) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers, patted dry
  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted pine nuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. sun-dried tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 230
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 110
  • Fat (g): 13
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 25
  • Sodium (mg): 300
  • Carbohydrates (g): 22
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Heat 2 Tbs. of the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, rosemary, and fennel, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion browns around the edges and softens, about 10 minutes. Add the farro and broth and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the farro is tender, about 20 minutes. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve.
  • Heat the remaining 1/2 Tbs. oil and the garlic in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat until the garlic begins to sizzle. Add the panko and cook, stirring constantly, until golden and crunchy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the farro mixture, beans, cheese, peppers, pine nuts, tomato paste, parsley, lemon zest, and pepper flakes to the large bowl with the panko. Mash with a potato masher until the beans are mashed and sticky but still a little chunky. Season to taste with salt. Stir in the egg. Chill the mixture for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  • Portion the burger mixture into 8 balls. With moistened hands, form the burgers into eight 3-1/2-inch patties.
  • Heat the canola oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the burgers, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook until browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Gently flip with a thin spatula and cook until browned and heated through, another 3 to 4 minutes.

Make Ahead Tips

Wrapped well in plastic, the shaped, uncooked burgers keep in the fridge for a few days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Frozen burgers may be a bit more crumbly in the pan, but they’re still more delicious than the ones from a box. Cook frozen burgers straight from the freezer a little lower and a little longer.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • LAS1 | 01/11/2021

    Super yummy. I modified these to be vegan for my son and ended up really liking the changes. Replaced egg with JUST liquid form (2 tbsp), and the cheese replacement - used part nutritional yeast and Miyoko's cheddar. Switched up seasonings, added, celery salt, savory, greek freak, smoked paprika and chipotle. I did not drain the farro, I slow cooked and let the liquid completely absorb. Added twice the garlic gloves and added pure garlic powder, then grilled them on a cedar board.

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    Onymous | 04/11/2018

    Really tasty! I made a double batch and froze most of them for quick meals. We ate them on sourdough buns with spicy mayonnaise, pepper jack cheese, and spinach. They also are very tasty in a wrap with some tomatoes and feta cheese. I didn't find the Italian-esque flavors to be so strong that I couldn't mix them with other flavors and methods.

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