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Pesto White Bean Burger on a Wooden Surface Against a Grey Background
Pesto White Bean Burgers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These flavor-packed white bean burgers are made with hearty cannellini beans, crunchy walnuts, and zesty basil pesto. They're easy to make with just a handful of ingredients — perfect for everything from cookouts to weeknight dinners!

Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Calories: 432 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (14 ounce of 400 gram) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons vegan pesto (store-bought or homemade), or to taste, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 burger buns
  • Toppings of choice, such as lettuce, tomato, vegan cheese, and vegan mayo
  1. Place the walnuts into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade. Blend them until they're finely chopped.

  2. Add the beans, panko breadcrumbs, pesto, scallions, and lemon juice. Pulse the food processor until the ingredients are finely chopped and well mixed.

  3. Season the mixture with salt to taste, pulsing the machine once or twice to blend in the salt.

  4. Test the mixture by pressing some together in your hands to see if it holds together. If not, add a splash of water.

  5. Season the mixture with salt to taste and pulse the food processor a couple more times to mix it in.

  6. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place it over medium heat.

  7. Shape the burger mixture into 4 pattes. Place as many patties in the skillet as you can fit without crowding. Cook the rest in a subsequent batch.

  8. Cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side, until browned.

  9. Stuff the patties into buns. Top with additional pesto and toppings of choice.

  10. Serve.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 4 very large patties. You can make 6 medium-size patties if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Pesto White Bean Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger (patty and bun))
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.5g28%
Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
Sodium 667mg28%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 51.5g17%
Fiber 8.8g35%
Sugar 6.6g7%
Protein 17.1g34%
Calcium 202mg20%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.