This weekend’s vegan brunch was filling, yet light.

These bean burgers were inspired by the fabulous Red Bean Chipotle Burgers from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. We replaced the chipotle sauce with our favouite mango pickle, and added a protein boost with almonds and nutritional yeast. (More about nutritional yeast HERE). The oats add fiber.


(Makes six)

In a food processor jar, add:

3 cups cooked kidney beans
** 3/4 cup dried beans soaked overnight and cooked in salted water yields about 3 cups. Or used canned, drained beans.
1/4 cup chopped onions
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1.5 tsp. spice paste from your favourite achaar (We used Mango Thokku)
** or any hot sauce/chipotles in adobo sauce
2 tablespoons each fresh cilantro and oregano
1/4 tsp ajwain (bishop’s weed) or cumin seeds
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (or lightly roasted chickpea flour/besan)
1/4 cup rolled oats

Blend this until it comes together, but has some texture. It should be coarsely ground. Add salt to taste, lime juice if you need it (we replaced both with Mrs. Dash sodium-free lemon pepper seasoning), and

1/4 cup of coarsely ground almonds (or nuts of choice).

It should form patties when held together. If it is too dry, add a teasoon or two of water. If it is too wet, add flour, a tablespoon at a time.

Brush a teaspoon of oil on a hot pan and toast them until brown and crisp. Or grill them as we did on our tabletop grill.

Also see Saffron Trail‘s Black Eyed Pea Burgers.
Black Bean Burgers from Foodie’s Hope.

Birthday Burger Brunch

Clockwise from Top Left:
Grilled Zucchini
Baked French ‘Fries’
Kicked-Up Ketchup
Spicy Kidney Bean Burgers
Nectarine, Pineapple and Habanero Salsa
Oatmeal-Seed Rolls

A request from Krishnammal - a Gandhian who has toiled all her life to empower rural women in Tamil Nadu.

The monsoon has arrived, but there are many farmers who don’t have the means to buy seeds to sow their land. A small donation – just 500 Rupees, will benefit a whole family. 5000 Rupees will benefit 10 families. Thirteen dollars, to change the lives in a family forever.

Ammani at Filthy, Funny, Flawed Gorgeous (she also owns the food blog Chai Pani) explains Krishnammals’ life and mission here. These women farmers in Tamil Nadu need help, and they need it NOW to become self-sufficient for the rest of their lives.


If you wish to donate, and have a rupee account, do try and send your donation in rupees, so that they don’t lose any money in the foreign exchange conversion process.

On our part, we will post something we never planned to post before. We will post five pictures of recipes we never ended up putting on the site for various reasons. It’s the Jugalbandi Hall of Shame of pictures and posts that never made it. Now we’ll post them and tell you why.

As promised:

Jugalbandi Hall of Shame #2

This is Bavarian Plum Tart from one of our recipe books. Basically, slightly sweetened bread dough layered with plums and baked. It took a lot of effort to get it unstuck from a well-oiled baking sheet. When we managed to pry it out, it tasted like cooked plums on soggy bread. Stupid recipe.

Please think about how you can change a whole family’s life somewhere with a simple deed.

Edited on May 12, 2009 to add: This is our entry for Tried and Tested: Fatfree Vegan Kitchen @ Holy Cow!

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  1. Asha says:

    HUH!!! You forgot to link my Black Bean burger!!;D
    Looks delicious.You can use practically any beans and toppings,makes a wonderful burger meal.Enjoy.

    added it now. what happened to your ‘no comments on weekends’ policy? i know, i know, we’re special. :-D – b.

  2. Jyothsna says:

    I like that pickle on the burger….never thought of it before. great idea!

  3. tee says:

    I want, I want, I want!!!! :) this looks so delicious…must eat now ;)

  4. padmaja says:

    woh!!! what an amazing burger it is???
    I love a delicious plate of food served like that!!
    absolutely delicious

  5. Suganya says:

    Those are such lovely grill marks. I have made those burgers and they are delish. Its one of her famous burgers among other things.
    Those plums look pretty. Next time try slicing them thin and placing them on a side than upright. Stone fruits and pastry are always a good combo.
    Beautiful pics!

  6. Nupur says:

    Ooh, this birthday brunch platter is better than any cake! Absolutely gorgeous!

  7. saju says:

    They look great! I have never made bean burgers, I now can’t wait to try. thanks for that
    Thanks for raising awareness of the plight of some of our people.

  8. Priya says:

    The first pic if fabulous. Can these burgers be frozen and if yes at what stage should I do that ?
    The ‘Z’ written with the ketchup reminded me of the ‘Mask of Zorro’ hehe

    toast them on the stove top and then freeze them. you can try re-toasting them by taking them out of the freezer and popping them in a toaster. we haven’t tried it, but it may work. or just heat them through in the oven. – b.

  9. musical says:

    Folks, i just had break fast and now i hear words like spicy, kidney beans, burgers :) torture gourmet style ;)

    bookmarked it for next weekend :)

    i like your table top grill, what make is it??

    it’s this one:

    both sides get hot, and you can fold one on top of the other like a panini maker.

  10. shilpa/eon says:

    That plum tart might have been a disaster, but the picture is making my mouth water.

  11. Laavanya says:

    The plate looks not only picture perfect but also ‘palate-perfect’. The burgers look awesome and I have my eyes on the fries…

  12. Dumela says:

    shame that plum tart looks ok, its a pity it tasted yucky… nice brunch menu… bookmarked to try… btw, i tried yur microwave doodhi halwa (the one where u sit down with a copy of national geo ;) while it cooks ….was so delish and easy… thanks

  13. sharmi says:

    oh your pictures are so sinful. they drive me crazy. I loved the mango thokku in burgers. true fusion. I also loved the bavarian plumtart. beautiful.

  14. Mamatha says:

    What a lovely-looking and healthful brunch. Bee and Jai, I have a quick question – I made your Tia Maria cake today (with Kahlua). It tastes lovely but the texture is very dry – yours looks spongy and moist. Do you have any tips on how to make it moist/spongy – I’m thinking that maybe I didn’t beat the batter enough. I love the flavor and would like to try it again, so any tips would be appreciated.

    mamatha, keep the feedback coming. after reading your comment, jai baked the cake from scratch again (he was planning to, but not tonight :-D ). he thinks the dryness may have to do with the baking time. the second time, the sponge was done in 22 minutes. plus, he added 2 tablespoons of oil to the batter, and changed some other things. whole eggs will give a moister cake. only whites will give a drier, taller cake.

    he made the second one with all whites, and it was very moist – more moist than the first. he has amended the original post, so check it out. hopefully, this time it will work. now i’m off to eat it, ‘cos the frosting must’ve set.
    - b.

  15. roopa says:

    wow the burger looks absolutely delicious!

  16. Coffee says:

    AHH!!! So you made this for him!!! I am almost opening my mouth to the first pic ;)

  17. Anita says:

    Nice brunch spread, and healthy to boot!

    That unfortunate pie – what a waste of good plums. But the picture is fetching none the less.

  18. Cynthia says:

    That’s what I like about you and Jai, honest bloggers – cooked plumns on soggy bread, stupid recipe (lol)

  19. this sounds so good. I love that ketchep marking!

  20. sra says:

    I went back to the French Fries recipe – will make it just as soon as I get some non-sprouting potatoes and let you know how it turns out.

  21. Sreelu says:

    Wow burgers with achaar, thats an intresting combination. Will have to try this at my next grilling party, will skip probably on ajwain

  22. Meeta says:

    What a cool recipe. I am always looking for nice alternatives to the ole beef/chicken etc. burger and I really like the sound of this. Sorry to hear about the plum cake. Tom’s grandma makes a killer plum cake. Maybe I should get the recipe and send it to you guys.

  23. Anjali says:

    The platter is a piece of art. Why signed z…shouldn’t it be J & B? ;)

  24. SusanV says:

    I love the idea of using the mango pickle instead of the chipotle. They’re just beautiful! Thanks so much for basing these lovely burgers on my recipe.

  25. Linda says:

    Have you folks ever read Laurel’s Kitchen? I think of that book when I see you fearlessly adding nutritional yeast and oats to things. Burgers look tasty, nice brunch!

  26. Mona Afzal says:

    Wow ! the burger looks delicious, and the idea of ingredients is very good.

  27. nupur says:

    i make kidney bean sandwiches …something similar :-)

  28. Nandita says:

    Thanks for remembering the black eyed peas burgers, your burgers look infinitely better though! That panini maker helps make dents on both sides I guess…

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    I made them day before yesterday for dinner and it came out very well. Thank you very much Jai and Bee.

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  34. David says:

    I tried making them but they did not seem to firm up when I cooked them. I could get the outside slightly crispy but the inside was still like a paste, not even hot. I have tried frying, grilling and oven baking. I used soaked kidney beans, not canned. Any suggestions?

    • jai bee says:

      add oat flakes, not powder. and a few chopped nuts. see if it is less pasty. nutritional yeast flakes may help too. or try keeping some of the beans coarsely ground.

      • David says:

        Thank you for your answer. Would it be better if I just blended the kidney beans or mash them with a fork, then mix them and the other ingrediants in a bowl? I think I blended the ingrediants too much. With the blender I used I had to keep stopping it, push the mix down and blend some more to get it even.

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