15 Bean Cajun Burgers w/ Roasted Garlic Aioli

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As someone who really enjoys a good old-fashioned cheeseburger, it’s always been difficult to even consider eating a meat-less version when the original is just so tasty. But after my experience in the kitchen yesterday,  I have to admit that if for some reason I became a vegetarian, hope for a decent “burger” is not all lost…

Now, don’t get me wrong. In no way am I trying to say that this bean burger compares to a thick, juicy, hot-off-the-grill patty… but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The fact is, taste-wise they are really nothing alike and both are delicious in their own right. This faux-burger recipe uses Hurst’s® Cajun 15 Bean Soup® mix and a homeade garlic aioli to create a perfect combination of flavor and textures. It may not be a giant All-American gut bomb burger, but it just flat tastes good… and isn’t that the whole point?

What you need:

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1- Package Hurst’s® HamBeens® Cajun 15 Bean Soup

1- Cup finely diced onion

1- Green bell pepper, finely diced

1- Orange or yellow bell pepper, finely diced

2- Cloves minced garlic

3- Eggs

1.5- Cups bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable Oil (for pan frying)

Roasted Garlic Aioli:

1/2- Cup mayonnaise

1- tbsp. Dijon mustard

1- tbsp. lemon juice

4-5 Cloves of roasted garlic

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1. Rinse (cold water) and sort through the beans. Discard any pebbles or debris that may be present. In a large bowl, cover the rinsed beans with about 3″ of cold water and allow beans to soak overnight, or at least 8 hours. After soaking, place beans in a large soup pot with 8 cups of water. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 2 hours, or until beans are completely tender. (If water amount gets too low, just add 1/2 cup at a time just to cover the beans.)

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2. While beans are cooking, prepare the vegetables. Dice each pepper and onion into 1/4″ pieces (or smaller) and set aside.

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3. When beans are cooked through, drain off any excess liquid, reserving 1 cup of the “bean stock”. Allow the beans to cool.

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4. Using either a food processor, blender, or potato masher, blend the bean mixture into a stiff “bean paste”. If the mixture becomes too thick, add small amounts of the leftover bean stock. Transfer mixture into a large mixing bowl.

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5. Mix in peppers, onion, garlic, 1 cup of bread crumbs, eggs, salt and pepper.

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6. Stir in 3/4 of the Hurst’s Cajun seasoning packet. (If you want an even stronger Cajun punch, add in the entire package.)

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7. Wet your hands (prevents sticking) and begin constructing the patties. Once formed, dredge each in the remaining bread crumbs and place on a large baking sheet. Place in the fridge while making the garlic aioli.

*NOTE: From this point on, these burgers can be fairly delicate to handle. I found that using both a hand and spatula together works the best, but let me know if you figure out a better method.

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8. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, and smashed roasted garlic cloves until fully combined. Place in the fridge until ready to serve the burgers.

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9. Using a tablespoon of vegetable oil, brown both sides of the burger over medium-high heat. Flip several times to prevent burning, and allow the inside to get hot (which will help the burger “set-up” and not be mushy on the inside.)

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10. Spoon on a nice big dollop of aioli, along with some fresh lettuce and tomato. Serve with a few dill pickle spears or some New Orleans style “Dirty Rice”… Enjoy!

*I also recommend a soft bun (not like the one pictured) which will help keep the burger from getting squished and falling apart.

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This is also my submission for this month’s My Legume Love Affair: 13th Helping. This contest was started by The Well Seasoned Cook and Hurst is now a monthly sponsor of this great legume event. Check it out and submit your best bean recipe!

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18 Responses to 15 Bean Cajun Burgers w/ Roasted Garlic Aioli

  1. Diana says:

    Oh my wow! Looks fantastic!! I love garlic aioli and am sure tops this off nicely! Thanks for sharing :)

    • hurstbeans says:

      The homemade aioli turned out to be a perfect compliment for this burger… and really easy to put together!
      Thanks

  2. A very creative burger, I love it! Congrats for the idea

  3. KrisKishere says:

    I love a good burger like the next person, but this looks really good too! Thank you!

  4. tastyeatsathome says:

    I do love a big beefy burger, but these do look really yummy. Good job.

  5. foodnfit says:

    I’ve really been wanting to try something like this–looks so so good!

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