Jeff Novick’s Bean Burger

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Jeff Novick taught us how to create healthy meals or a burger for that matter,  just by using 5 basic ingredients – beans, oats, brown rice (or any starchy vegetable), tomatoes ( or liquid for moisture), and spices.

By following this basic recipe and varying the beans, the starch, the moisture and/or the spices you can make dozens of varieties of burgers.


  1. Mash kidney beans with a potato masher. Do not use a blender or food processor.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Divide into 4 or 5 equal parts and shape each part into a burger.
  4. Let sit for a few minutes in the refrigerator to set.
  5. Grill on the pan or broil on each side till golden brown.


1 14oz can of no salt added kidney beans, or cooked
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons of medium-hot salsa
2 tablespoons of Tex Mex seasoning
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