Nov 172012

Going into a holiday as a new vegetarian or vegan can be very disconcerting. Especially when your family believes you have lost your mind.

(Insert eye roll here.)

NOW what are we going to feed her?

I’m sure she will be over all this nonsense in a month.


Thanksgiving Bean Burger

Little did they know it would stick. And I don’t miss it one bit.  In fact, all of my alternatives are so easy and delish that I prefer them to some dried out old piece of meat. This year I’m making roasted sweet potatoes and onions, mashed cauliflower and maybe a salad.

For purposes of testing the recipe though, I just threw on a side of edamame.  Let the eye rolling ensue.

These burgers are moist, have all those Thanksgiving-y flavors of thyme and sage and a touch of sweetness from the sweet-tart cranberry sauce….the PERFECT topping to blend with the flavor of the burger and the baked onion rings give it a nice crunch.  It sort of reminds me of the crispy onions some people put on their green bean casserole.

So when your family is cooking their bird for hours upon hours it is your turn to return the eye roll and make these burgers in just a few minutes.

Thanksgiving Bean Burgers

Thanksgiving Bean Burger

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


2 cups cooked white beans, such as butter beans or great northern
1/3 cup rolled oatmeal, (Millers Grain)
1 tsp poultry seasoning (salt free)
1/4 tsp salt
1 rounded tbsp mustard

8 Frozen breaded onion rings, (Alexia)
1 cup Whole cranberry sauce, (Pacific Foods)**
2 Thin bun, (Ozery Baker, 100 calorie)


1. Cook onion rings to package directions, if using.

2. Preheat broiler to high.  Process the oatmeal to a powder with a Magic Bullet or blender.  Mash  beans and oats together and add seasoning, salt and mustard in a medium bowl; divide into four; shape into burgers by hand.  Spray burgers with cooking spray, place on baking sheet and broil about 5 minutes per side or until browned.

3. Toast thin buns and top half with one burger; spoon 2 Tbsp cranberry sauce over each burger and top with 2 onion rings.


Nutrition Facts – Burger only
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 184.4
Total Fat 0.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 174.5 mg
Potassium 597.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.8 g
Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 10.3 g 

Vitamin A 3.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 5.2 %
Vitamin C 0.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.0 %
Calcium 9.9 %
Copper 15.4 %
Folate 21.4 %
Iron 24.0 %
Magnesium 16.9 %
Manganese 35.0 %
Niacin 0.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.4 %
Phosphorus 12.0 %
Riboflavin 3.2 %
Selenium 3.0 %
Thiamin 10.0 %
Zinc 9.9 % 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  12 Responses to “Newly vegan and don’t know what to make this Thanksgiving? Try my Vegan Thanksgiving Bean Burger”

  1. This looks so easy, I’m gonna try it this week for sure:)

    • It really WAS easy. Gabby loves getting her hands in there and helping me. And for those non-vegan folks that eat honey – honey mustard is GREAT in this recipe!

  2. Love what you did with that photo collage! And I would try these burgers, vegan or not :)

  3. My family is still waiting for me to “snap out of it”…little do they know, it’s never gonna happen. Besides who could miss meat when there are burgers like this to be eaten?!?

  4. Mmmm… looks delish!

    Which Alexia onion rings do you use? The Alexia brand onion rings that I’ve seen in the freezer section say “contains: Milk” beneath the ingredients list :/ Maybe they’ve changed the recipe since I last looked?

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