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Cauliflower White Bean Burgers

My kids don’t love cauliflower, neither does my husband. But they all love these burgers! Makes about 8–9 patties
Course burgers, entree, Main Course


  • 2 cups raw cauliflower florets (or 2 1/2 - 3 cups if roasting, see note)
  • 2 cups white beans (rinsed/drained/patted dry to remove excess moisture if using canned)
  • 1 small clove garlic can use larger clove, keep in mind garlic not being precooked
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tahini (try to get the (try to use thicker/drier portion at bottom of jar rather than looser/oilier at top)
  • 2 tbsp white part green onions
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp light miso (I like chickpea miso, but can use light soy-based)
  • 11/4 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and cooled brown rice (can substitute cooked quinoa, but see note)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups rolled oats see note


  • First, steam the cauliflower until just tender, and then cool. You can use a steamer basket, or simply place florets in about 1/2–1 inch of water in a pot, cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow that to steam the cauliflower. It should take just about 4–5 minutes. (Alternatively, you can roast the cauliflower, see note). Drain well and let cool while preparing other ingredients. Add all ingredients except oats to a food processor. Puree until well combined, then pulse in the oats. Transfer mixture to the fridge and let chill for about an hour. If the mixture is still loose, stir in the extra 1/4–1/3 cup oats). Take scoops of the mixture and shape into patties. To cook, heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat (you can wipe the surface with a little oil to help keep them from sticking, but if you have a very good nonstick pan you won’t need it). Cook patties, about 5–7 minutes on first side, and then another 5–7 minutes on second side until golden brown. These patties are fairly soft, but hold their shape well if not flipped too much. Serve as patties with a sauce and side dishes, or more like a burger with fixings of choice. 


  • Rice/Quinoa Note: If using quinoa, you will likely need extra oats to firm the patties. For rice patties, 11/2 cups is enough, and you may be okay with even 1 cup (esp if you want to serve these as softer patties rather than burgers). For quinoa, I typically need 11/2 cups plus another few tablespoons to firm the patties.
  • Note: An alternative to steaming the cauliflower is to roast it. With roasting, the flavor intensifies, so the patties will taste a little more like cauliflower, but the roasting will also add some nutty flavor. Roasting will also reduce the volume of the cauliflower quite a bit, so you can use 21/2–3 cups of florets. To roast, place the florets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and place in an oven set at 400. Roast for 35–45 minutes until golden, tender, and reduced in size.
  • Serving Suggestion: Try pairing with a cranberry sauce, either on buns or to serve with the burgers on their own along with salad and side veggies like the Balsamic Glazed Yam Fries