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White Bean Burgers with Tomato-Olive Relish

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

This veggie burger is a lively combination of classic Italian flavors. It’s just as good served without the bun.


  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 12 small leaves
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup using a rasp grater)
  • 1 15-oz. can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup plain panko
  • 1 large egg
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium tomato, finely diced
  • 8 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 Tbs. finely diced red onion
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 400
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 130
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Cholesterol (mg): 55
  • Sodium (mg): 970
  • Carbohydrates (g): 52
  • Fiber (g): 9
  • Protein (g): 17


  • In a food processor, pulse the 1/4 cup basil and the garlic until finely chopped. Add the Parmigiano, 1/2 cup of the beans, 1/4 cup of the panko, the egg, and 1/2 tsp. salt and process until smooth. Put the remaining beans in a large bowl and coarsely mash with a fork. Add the puréed bean and basil mixture and mix well.
  • Spread the remaining 1/4 cup of panko on a plate. With wet hands, form the bean mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Coat each patty with the panko, transfer to a plate, cover, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the tomato, olives, onion, balsamic vinegar, and the remaining 12 basil leaves. Set aside.
  • Heat a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet on high heat until very hot, about 1 minute. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Cook the burgers, flipping once, until browned, 5 to 8 minutes total. Serve the burgers on the buns, topped with the tomato-olive relish.


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Reviews (10 reviews)

  • twood | 01/29/2017

    Wonderful flavor. Quick enough to make on a weeknight. Will definitely make this again! My only complaint is the lack of texture.

  • MairiC | 01/26/2015

    Very nice, easy, tasty weeknight supper. I used cannellini beans and a bit extra basil and garlic. I skipped the bun and just topped with the relish and served with Caesar salad. Would certainly make it again.

  • unclemorti | 05/26/2014

    Very flavorful and filling.

  • MarlaPotato | 02/18/2014


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