Treats for Your Holiday Weekend

Pinto Bean Burgers from Dining at The Ravens

Transform your meat-loving friends with this mouthwatering vegan bean burger. This flavorful burger holds together well and can be made ahead. We’ve found they keep well in the freezer, and that freezing actually improves their consistency.

The patty is hearty and satisfying. Filled with a variety of vegetables and spices, it is a substantial recipe. We recommend that you make as many patties as you believe you might use over a month because they’re easier to make in bulk.

Makes 8 burgers


1 cup diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
½ cup diced tomatoes
Juice of 1 lime
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cups cooked pinto beans
1½ cups diced or crumbled tempeh
½ cup diced sweet potato
2 stalks celery, diced small
1 zucchini, diced small
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons miso
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
½ cup masa
Parchment paper
Vegan burger buns
2 avocados, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
Lettuce, for garnish

Pickled Onions:
2 red onions, thinly sliced
½ cup agave syrup
½ cup brown rice vinegar



  1. In a sauté pan, sauté onion, garlic, and salt in oil over medium heat until translucent, about 5–7 minutes.
  2. Add in tomatoes. Cook 3 more minutes.
  3. Add lime juice and all spices. Stir to combine.
  4. Let mixture cool for 20–30 minutes and set aside.
  5. Once cool, combine mixture with pinto beans, tempeh, sweet potato, celery, zucchini, nutritional yeast, miso, flaxseed, and masa in large mixing bowl and knead with hands for about 1 minute. Let mixture chill in fridge for at least 20–30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Form patties using ½-cup balls of mixture (use oiled ½-cup scoop or ½-cup measuring cup). Place patties on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Check for firmness and then flip. Bake for 10–15 minutes longer, until golden brown. Alternatively, cook on stove top using a frying pan and spray oil to prevent sticking. Cook each side until firm, about 3–5 minutes.
  9. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store in freezer for up to 1 month.
  10. Serve on vegan burger buns with pickled red onions, avocado, tomato, and lettuce.

Pickled Onions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and let marinate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Artichoke and White Bean Salad from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook

This is a delicious summertime dish that is full of fresh herbs, beans, olives, and artichokes. It’s easy to change the vegetables and try seasonal ones, such as tomatoes, avocados, or cucumbers.

Makes 4–6 servings


Two 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed and drained
One 14-ounce jar artichoke hearts (packed in water, not oil), drained and chopped
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
3/4 cup chopped black olives
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place the beans and vegetables into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the dry seasonings and fresh herbs and stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the lemon juice, vinegar, and Dijon. Add this mixture to the beans and vegetables and stir to combine.
  4. Add salt and pepper, more or less to taste.

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