So this past week, I was looking for something new and exciting to make. I decided on something burger related because I was craving that at the time. But as I browsed through burger recipes, I came across this little gem. Although I am usually beef or turkey patty kinda girl, this bean burger caught my attention. It might be because I grew up in a house with a vegetarian (my dad), or it could be that I am subconsciously moving away from my obsession with meat (don’t worry, I’m still a bacon addict) and onto an interest in just interesting and different recipes. This recipe is for a parmesan, kale, and white bean burger. Yes, I have never bought kale in my life, and my mom’s jaw dropped when I told her that I had used kale in a recipe. But HEY, you gotta try new ingredients sometimes, right? Anyways, they turned out really well, and I chose to eat them with mixed greens and a horseradish sauce. To tell you the truth, I have no idea how I came up with the idea of putting horseradish sauce on it, but it worked out quite well, so I was very pleased with the combination.
Well enough talking from me! Here is the recipe for Parmesan, Kale, and White Bean Burgers
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large leaves kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 cups cooked white beans (or 2, 15 oz. cans rinsed and drained)
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 2 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
In a skillet set over medium heat, cook onion and garlic, in bit of oil, until softened. Add kale, water and spices. Cook until kale is wilted.
Mash beans in a large bowl with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Add kale mixture and remaining ingredients, mashing as you go. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
Divide and form into 6 patties. Cook on the grill or the stove top over medium heat, until both sides are browned and patties are heated through.
Serve over a bed of lettuce and drizzle with horseradish sauce (recipe below)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 3-4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
Mix sour cream and horseradish together until blended.
Recipe courtesy of kitchensimplicity.com
This was a recipe that I stepped out on a limb for, and it ended up being really delicious; in the end, a good risk taken. So go ahead, buy your first (or 100th) head of kale and take the leap of faith. Enjoy!