Pizza Burgers (KID FAVORITE!)
Updated: Oct 27
If it's pizza flavored, it will be a hit in my house. In a desperate attempt to get my kids to eat something other than chicken nuggets, pizza, and fruit, the Pizza Burger was born.
The base of this burger is white cannellini beans, an inexpensive and readily available pantry ingredient. If you keep them stocked, you can can always whip up a batch of these burgers. My kids like it topped with a piece of pepperoni, but I've added a bit of fennel to the burger itself to give you that pepperoni vibe.
I like to top my burger with fresh basil, spinach, and tomato slices, but you could also use arugula, Kalamata olives, vegan cheese, or anything else you like on your pizza!
1 - 19 oz. can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of oat flour, coarsely ground
1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 tsp Greek oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 - 1/4 tsp ground fennel
To make the oat flour, simply put rolled oats in a blender and pulse a few times until coarsely ground.
In a large bowl, mash the cannellini beans with a potato masher until mostly mooshed. I like to leave a few chunks for texture. Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed beans and stir until thoroughly combined with a wooden spoon or stiff spatula.
Using your hands, form the bean mixture into golf ball- to baseball-sized balls, then flatten into patties. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium high heat and add a teaspoon of avocado or coconut oil. Feel free to skip the oil if you're watching your fat intake, but make sure you're using a true non-stick pan, otherwise the beans will stick.
Fry on each side until golden brown, anywhere from 3-4 minutes each side. Move to a cooling rack while you finish cooking the other patties. Serve immediately with any or all of your favorite pizza toppings!