Thursday 22 October 2009

Beanburger with Grilled Pineapple

Beanburger with Grilled Pineapple

Well, after all the almost unbloggable posts I decided to go back to an old favorite. This came from an old Tesco Vegetarian magazine - years ago - remember those?? Anyway, it's been tweaked a few times and is one of our favourite burger recipes. I added the pineapple as the Worcester and soy sauce flavours in the patty reminded me of an old 'Hawaiian Burger' I used to do with pineapple. It goes really well with this but feel free to make a 'traditional' burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup etc... it's equally as good :)

Original recipe was egg free and thus prone to breaking apart a wee bit but as it was initially put inside pita's - not a problem. As I made this one a burger, in a ciabatta roll at that, I added some potato starch to help bind it up a bit more. It was still soft but held together just fine.

Smoky Beanburgers: I tend to get 3 regular size burgers out of this.

50g onion, finely chopped
1 small clove garlic, pureed
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 x 210g tin red kidney beans, 130g drained and rinsed
50g finely grated carrot
40g rolled oats
2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp smoked sea salt (or regular)
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1-2 Tbsp potato or cornstarch

Ciabatta, Burger, Pitas OR Wraps (my new favourite!)
Pineapple rings
Vegan Mayo
Very good with "Reggae, Reggae", HP sauce or BBQ Sauce.

Place beans in a large bowl and mash well. Add grated carrot, oatmeal, sauces, salt and paprika. Stir well. Fry the onion in half the oil until soft, stir in the garlic. Add this to the mixture and mix well. If making burgers as opposed to pitas add 4 tsp potato or cornstarch. Oil hands and shape into 2 patties or whatever you like. The great thing about making your own here is you can shape them to fit whatever size bun your using. I made 8 mini ones once to fill pitas for example.

Preheat grill to the highest setting and brush a baking sheet with oil. Place patties on then brush the tops with more oil. Grill 5 minutes one side, flip, brush with oil and grill the other side for 5 minutes. Meanwhile grill the pineapple rings on grill pan until black lines have formed - both sides. Pop the split ciabatta under the grill until lightly toasted, top with the burger, pineapple, mayo and sauce.


  1. YUM! it looks delicious with the grilled pineapple. Cornflour is a great idea for binding, next time i must try it instead of using plain flour.


    1. I replaced the cornflour with ground sunflower seeds and it binds okay and its more nutritious.


    2. That's a great idea, cheers!

  2. This is my favourite burger recipe to date. I love it and make it all the time. Thank you for it!

  3. So glad you like it May and thanks so much for letting me know :-)

    Funnily enough we were going to have these for dinner tonight but I didn't have any pineapple (which I consider essential!)

  4. I made this burger for my family - despite none of them really liking beans, they devoured these, and everyone was asking me for the recipe! (They got a link to this page, of course).
    Thank you :)

  5. That's great to hear, thanks so much for letting me know and so glad you all liked them! :-)

  6. I'm making this tonight for my brother and a good friend - hope they like it!
    I loooove your recipes, thank youuuuuuu!!!


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