Tempeh Bean Burgers

I created burgers the other night using both tempeh and kidney beans, and they were a hit with the whole family!

Not sure why I never tried this before. These were delicious! And they held their shape especially well. Sometimes tempeh burgers can become a bit fragile, either in the oven – or after. But I find that isn’t an issue with these.

Just a quick note – I find these will work whether or not you add the brown rice. Actually the rice is a recent addition to this recipe, and I’ve made them both ways – but I think the rice makes the texture and flavor even better.

And here’s how easy these are to make…


1 8-ounce block tempeh
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 cup cooked brown (or black) rice
1/3 cup ground flaxseed meal
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
generous sprinkle Cajun or Creole seasoning
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Add all ingredients to a large food processor and process until almost (but not entirely) smooth.

Empty contents onto a clean cutting board. Divide mixture evenly into 12 portions, and form evenly into burger-shaped patties.

Place burgers on a nonstick baking sheet or oven-safe griddle. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, and carefully flip. Continue baking for an additional 7 minutes, or until golden brown and nice and crispy.

Remove tempeh burgers from oven, and serve on toasted sprouted whole-grain buns, along with your favorite flavorful toppings and condiments.

Copyright © Vicki Brett-Gach | Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen

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