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Adzuki Bean & Brown Rice Burger

Adzuki bean burger is hearty, delicious and perfect to cook on the grill. Brown rice helps in binding and makes these filling and wholesome.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 10 burgers
Calories 175 kcal


  • 1 cup Adzuki Beans/ Red Beans
  • 1 cup Brown Rice*
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 1 Small Pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 cup Bread crumbs*
  • 1 tablespoon Ground flaxseeds whisked in 3 tablespoons water (or use 1 egg)
  • 2 ~ 3 tablespoons All purpose Flour*
  • To taste Salt


  • Wash, rinse and soak adzuki beans for at least 4~6hours. Soak for 4~6 hours or overnight and then boil them for 30~40 minutes until very soft.* Drain the excess water and let them cool for a little bit.
  • Cook rice separately and keep ready.
  • In the meantime, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a saute pan and cook until translucent about 3~4 minutes. Next add garlic clove and cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the chopped peppers and cook until tender, about 6~8 minutes. Season with salt, chili powder, garam masala & kasoori methi. Mix well and turn off the heat. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Combine the beans, rice and the onion mixture in the food processor. Process until the mixture comes together.
  • Remove it into a bowl and add bread crumbs, flax egg, flour and form a smooth dough that doesn't stick to hands.
  • Take ¼cup of mixture and form into burgers. I was able to make 10 medium size patties.
  • At this point, burgers can be made right away or can be frozen for later.*
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a saute/ grill pan. Cook the burgers on medium-low flame until golden on both sides and cooked through, about 3 minutes on both sides.
  • Serve on sandwich buns with the choice of toppings.


  • Alternately cook the beans in a pressure cooker (for 3~5 whistles) or in the Instant Pot (for 8~10 minutes).
  • Either brown basmati or short grain brown rice will work in this recipe.
  • Use either whole wheat or regular plain bread crumbs.
  • White or whole-wheat flour can be used.
  • To expedite cooking this recipe, make the rice and beans ahead of time. They can be cooked and stored in the refrigerator at least 2 days in advance. Or use, leftover cooked beans and rice for the recipe.
  • Add other veggies like chopped mushrooms or spinach can also be added.
  • They can be frozen for up to 1 month. I form them into patties, then wrap with plastic wrap and store in ziploc baggie.
  • To cook from frozen, do not thaw them - just cook them until nice and heated through.