White Bean Burgers with Not-So-Secret Sauce

These vegetarian burgers are hearty and protein packed. This recipe can be made vegan by substituting the egg with a “flax egg” and using vegan mayo. If you want to use the “flax egg” you need to combine 1 Tbsp of flax + 2 Tbsp of water and let it set for 10 minutes.

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Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
30 minutes
Total Time:
40 minutes
6-8 servings



½ cup mayo (can substitute vegan mayo) (125 mL)
3 Tbsp ketchup (45 mL)
2 Tbsp relish (30 mL)
1 tsp white sugar (5 mL)
1 tsp white wine vinegar (5 mL)

Veggie Burgers

½ cup dried red lentils, rinsed (125 mL)
1 ½ cups water (375 mL)
1 - 19 oz can navy beans, rinsed and drained (540 mL)
1 cup whole wheat panko (250 mL)
¾ cup chopped onion (175 mL)
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (60 mL)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp tamari soy sauce (15 mL)
½ Tbsp smoked paprika (7 mL)
1 tsp cumin (5 mL)
1 tsp oregano (5 mL)
½ tsp salt (2 mL)
½ tsp pepper (2 mL)
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp canola oil (for cooking) (15 mL)
6-8 whole wheat buns
Garnish: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion


  1. In a small bowl combine sauce ingredients. Mix well, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a small saucepan add red lentils and 1 ½ cups (375 mL) of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until lentils have thickened and become paste-like.
  3. In a large bowl, mash navy beans using a potato masher. Leave some beans visible for texture.
  4. Add all other patty ingredients together with mashed bean mixture and mix well to fully incorporate all ingredients.
  5. Form patties to desired size (there will be very little shrinkage that occurs during cooking). Place formed patties on a parchment lined cookie sheet and set aside.
  6. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add canola oil. Once hot, add 3-4 patties and cook about 3-5 mins per side, until golden brown on outside. Repeat with remaining patties.
  7. Assemble burgers with whole wheat buns, not-so-secret sauce, and your favourite toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions.



Serving Size: 1 Patty + 2 Tbsp sauce, Servings: 6-8, Calories: 375, Total Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 0.8 g, Cholesterol: 24 mg, Sodium: 317 mg, Carbohydrates: 63.2 g, Fiber: 13.6 g, Sugars: 6.2 g, Protein: 19.5 g, Potassium: 829 mg

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