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Vegan Bean and Oats Burger

A scrumptious, grill-worthy and nourishing vegan Bean and Oats Burger that is packed with all the goodness you can imagine from oats, two kinds of beans, and carrots. There are no added oils in this veggie burger patty and it’s hefty and sturdy enough for your Memorial Day grill. Also a gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free recipe.

Front shot of a vegan bean and oats veggie burger with greens, coleslaw and served in a whole wheat burger bun on a white plate.

Some of your favorite veggie burgers on this blog, and mine, have long been these vegan bean and oats burgers. It’s easy to see why. They are full of flavor and yet they are utterly healthy with carrots, oats and red beans and pinto beans. A veggie burger simply does not get any better than this.

This is a really easy burger to make and it’s full of texture from the beans and oats, which makes it wonderful to bite into. It easily makes it to the griddle and back, and is sturdy enough to throw on a grill.

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What you’ll love about these bean and oats burgers

  • They’re delicious.
  • They are made with beans and oats and carrots–all foods that are good for you.
  • They’re sturdy enough for the grill.
  • They are free of any added fats or nuts, so they’re great if you’re looking for a waist-friendly option.
  • They are tried and tested, over and over, by dozens of Holy Cow! readers, so you don’t have to take my word for it.

Featured comment:
I just made your Oat and Bean burgers and I am delighted with them!!! They are so delicious on a sesame bun with spicy brown mustard, ketchup and dill pickles. Thank you!!!
Karla S.

Photo of four bean and oats burger patties separated with parchment stacked on a black plate.

Ingredients

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Quick-Cooking Oats (or rolled oats, run through a food processor to break them down a bit, are fine)
  • Pinto beans
  • Red beans
  • Carrots
  • Ground cumin
  • Cayenne
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Dijon mustard of whole-grain mustard
  • Tamari (optional if soy-free)
  • Salt, as needed
  • Cooking spray for coating the pan or grill

Tips and steps for making these veggie burgers

  • Mash the beans: Place the beans in a bowl and mash them together. You should mash them well so the burgers hold together, but it’s okay if a few beans remain whole, as they will add more texture.
  • Cook the veggies: You will need to cook the carrots, onions and garlic first before adding them to the rest of the ingredients. This helps get rid of any moisture that could make your burgers fall apart when you cook them, and it also gives you an opportunity to cook the veggies with the spices, helping them marry together. This is not a long-drawn process–it takes just about five minutes.
  • Prep the oats: Quick-cooking oats, which are usually cut into smaller pieces than rolled oats, are great in this recipe. I don’t usually have quick oats on hand so I just use rolled oats and run them through the food processor to break them down further.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients: Mix in the onion-carrot mixture, oats and seasonings and mix it all together really well.
  • Form the patties: I get eight hefty burger patties from this recipe. You can make them thicker, as I did this time, or shape them thinner as you see in the photo below from the last time I shared this recipe.
  • Cook the burgers: I recommend cooking these burgers on a skillet first, with a bit of cooking spray, before you throw them on the grill. That will also take care of any worries about the burgers sticking to the grill.
  • Serve the burgers: These burgers are great with this whole wheat burger buns. Serve them layered with hummus, like this eggplant hummus, greens, and a vegan coleslaw.
Photo of two bean and oats burgers in whole wheat buns with sesame seeds on a white plate.

FAQs

Do I need to start with dry beans or can I use canned beans?

You can use either. I have made this burger with both and it doesn’t make a difference and you really can’t beat canned beans for convenience. For the burgers you see in the photos this time I used canned pinto and red beans. The 14-oz cans yielded just over a cup of beans each after they were drained.
If starting with dry beans, use half a cup of red beans and a half a cup of pinto beans, soak them overnight, then cook them in enough water until really tender.

Can I use just one kind of beans? Can I use other beans?

Yes and yes. If you want to make these with only pinto beans or only kidney beans that is fine. You can also use other kinds of beans–black beans would be great here.

How long can I store these burgers?

You can store them in the refrigerator, after cooking them, for about a week. For longer storage I’d separate the burgers with parchment and store in the freezer in freezer-safe containers. To reheat, throw on a hot griddle or grill coated with cooking spray.

Photo of four bean and oats vegan veggie burgers stacked on a white plate.

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Closeup of a vegan bean and oats veggie burger with greens and coleslaw on a whole wheat bun on a white plate.

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