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Vegan Butter Bean Burger

Vegan Butter Bean Burger | The Foodie Eats

Vegan Butter Bean Burger

When Vegans Go Southern

If there’s anything that we miss while eating a plant-based diet, burgers are near the top of that list. And let’s be honest, there are a lot of bad veggie burgers out there. But this vegan butter bean burger recipe is so delicious that even your carnivore friends with tear this up without hesitation!

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5 from 3 votes

Vegan Butter Bean Burgers

Flavorful burgers, full of protein, without the meat.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 139 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 4 cups frozen butterbeans (aka baby lima beans)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tsp. salt divided
  • 4 Tbsp. vegan butter divided
  • 2 large yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 Tbsp. anchovy-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats finely ground
  • 1/4 cup grape seed oil for cooking


  1. In a sauté pan, cook the onions in 2 Tbsp. vegan butter, 2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 cup water over medium heat for about 1 hour (until slightly caramelized with a honey-like color), stirring frequently. Then roughly chop into medium dice-size pieces and add to large mixing bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium-sized pot - cover frozen butterbeans with water, add bay leaf, black pepper, and 2 Tbsp. vegan butter. Bring to boil and cook until completely tender (about 30 minutes). Once done cooking, turn off heat and add 2 tsp. salt and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Then drain and add to large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher - Mash until mixture is about 1/2 whole beans and half mashed beans.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the beans together with all the other ingredients except grape seed oil. Then, using an ice cream scoop - make patties and place them on a tray lined with parchment paper. Move the tray to the refrigerator and let rest for about 20 minutes. (These can also be frozen and saved for a later date.)
  4. In a nonstick pan - heat grape seed oil over medium-high heat until smoking, then add as many patties as the pan can hold without being crowded. Let burger cook until caramelized and crispy (about 3 minutes) then carefully flip and repeat on other side.

  5. Serve with your condiments of choice. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Butter Bean Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 699mg 29%
Potassium 141mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was inspired by Vivian Howard’s recipe. She is amazing and one of our favorite chefs.

Vegan ButterBean Burgers with Oven-Fried Okra Fries | The Foodie Eats


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  • Reply
    January 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Great recipe! Even my non-vegan husband loved these!

  • Reply
    January 30, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Great taste and a wonderful option to make when craving a burger!

  • Reply
    February 19, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    What is the okra recipe with it please???!

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Why do much salt?

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      June 5, 2018 at 8:54 am

      It’s not quite as much salt as it seems. 2 tsp of salt is added to water that is later drained. The remaining 2 tsp salt is divided between 12 burgers, which is 1/6 tsp of salt per burger.

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