A Poem About Bean Burgers

A Poem for My Beloved Bean Burgers

Tasty, filling, spice, yet meek,
I planned you for a night last week,
when tummy rumbling left you cold,
to wait until the week grew old.

Please don’t think I’d leave you dry,
You’re healthy and my best ally.
When hunger strikes, you’re always there,
You’re perfect, yes, Ah do declare!

Still it’s time to let you go,
To act as Jessie’s quid pro quo,
Other blogs give me some snacks,
And now it’s time to give you back!

Stick-To-Your-Ribs Bean ‘n’ Veggie Burgers

  Prep Time: 10 minutes

  Cook Time: 20 minutes

  Keywords: bake beans grill entree snack sandwich appetizer vegetarian

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 cups cooked beans (I used terpary beans, an heirloom variety. You can used any kind of canned or dried bean.)
  • 1 red bell pepper, small, chopped (chopped)
  • 1/2 onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs


In a medium bowl, mash beans with a fork. In a food processor, finely chop pepper, onion, and garlic. Stir pepper mixture into beans.

In another bowl, mix egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce. Stir egg mixture into bean mixture. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together easily. Divide mixture into four patties.

If grilling, place bean patties on foil and grill 8 minutes per side. If baking, place on baking sheet and bake 10 minute per side. If pan frying, drizzle about 1 tablespoon olive oil in frying pan over medium heat and cook about 8 minutes per side. Check to make sure patties are cooked through before eating.

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  1. I like your poem! So cute and so you. Yes, veggie nights are great all around!

  2. How do you make the bean burgers stay together? We tried to make black bean burgers (I think Martha Stewart’s recipe) and they fell apart! They were too hard to eat.

    1. Hi Lisa, that’s a great question! The egg does a lot to keep the burgers together. I’ve been known to make this recipe with two eggs to make sure the patties stay together — sometimes with one egg, the patties are a little crumbly. To keep the burgers from tasting too eggy if I use more than one egg, I’ll use egg whites instead.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the tip! I will give it a try next time.

  3. I LOVE IT! Nice work Jessie. Very clever.

    Yes, I’m getting VERY excited for the wedding. I can’t think straight!!!

  4. Love the poem 🙂 Scientist by day, poet by night 😉

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