Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What's For Dinner?

Sunny Bean Burgers
Beans will keep you satiated, help to reduce blood sugar and may help to burn off fat. 
Serves 2

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 cups cooked or canned red or pink beans, no-salt-added or low-sodium, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup minced onion
2 tbsp low sodium ketchup
1 tbsp wheat germ or old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp chili powder

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet with a little olive oil on a paper towel.

Chop the sunflower seeds in a food processor or with a hand chopper. Mash the beans in the food processor or with a potato masher and mix with the sunflower seeds. Mix in the remaining ingredients and form into two patties.

Place the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly, until you can pick up each patty and compress it firmly in your hands to re-form the burger. Return the patties to the baking sheet, bottom side up, and bake for another 10 minutes.

If desired, these may be done on a grill. Serve on small whole grain pitas or buns with lettuce, tomato and chopped red onion or on a bed of lettuce with tomato and chopped red onion.

Recipe courtesy of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Found here.

I found that this recipe made about 3 burgers for our needs. I will also use whole wheat buns next time. You will definitely want to dress the burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, condiments, etc. These burgers do fall apart easily, but I enjoyed it enough to make it again and use it for lunches to take to work.


  1. I tried one and it was good, but definately needs condiments to dress it up. Try it with an avocado - YUM! Low fat and lots of fiber - good thing! I did not mind that is was a bit crumbly. Thanks for the recipe and burger! Love you -
    Mom :)

  2. Awesome! I can't wait to try this! I've been wanting to make it for a while. I'm glad you shared it with everyone. :)