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Burger Alternative: White Bean and Sage

Continuing on with my summer sandwich bonanza, I recently made a veggie alternative to the standard beef burger. It was even a little different from your standard veggie option because I used white beans instead of black. Behold, the White Bean and Sage Pita Burger, adapted from Cooking Light.

For six servings. I made the whole recipe and then had great leftovers for lunches.

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream (I used plain Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh onion
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 (6-inch) pitas, cut in half
  • 6 green leaf lettuce leaves (I used arugula)
  • 6 slices tomato

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and garlic; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Place mixture in food processor. Add oats and next 8 ingredients (through egg); process until smooth.

Wipe pan with a paper towel. Return pan to medium heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Working with one portion at a time, spoon bean mixture into a 1/2-cup dry measuring cup, and carefully remove bean mixture with a rubber spatula onto pan. (Bean mixture is very soft and sticky.) Using spatula, shape mixture into a 3/4-inch-thick round patty. Repeat procedure 5 times to form 6 patties. Cook 8 minutes or until golden, turning after 4 minutes.

Combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons grated onion, and cheese in a small bowl. Spread about 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture into each pita half; top with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and 1 bean patty.

You can really taste the distinct sage flavor in these burgers. I only made a little bit of the yogurt/feta sauce, so for the remainder of the burgers I used pesto, cucumber and arugula as fillings. Enjoy!



6 thoughts on “Burger Alternative: White Bean and Sage

  1. This is the biggest picture of a pita burger I have ever seen! It looks awesome 🙂

    PS: I met your friend Anna at Wilson this am! So nice!

    Posted by 321delish | July 20, 2011, 3:22 PM
  2. cook for me soon pleeeeaaassseee

    Posted by Lauren | July 20, 2011, 8:19 PM
  3. You are cooking for the fam at Hilton Head, aren’t you???

    Posted by Jenny | July 20, 2011, 11:57 PM
  4. I keep meaning to try a bean-based burger. Your recipes have yet to let me down, so I think I’ll have to try this one!:)

    Posted by Erin @ untilyoutri | July 21, 2011, 7:45 PM
  5. Found you through Page! I have been wanting to make my own veggie burgers! Thanks!

    Posted by Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner | July 22, 2011, 2:58 PM
  6. Looks so yummy. I mentioned how inspiring your Ironman training is on my blog tonight 🙂

    Posted by Shannon @ Mon Amour | July 28, 2011, 9:24 PM

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