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Red Beans and Rice "Mardi Gras" Veggie Burger

Red Beans and Rice "Mardi Gras" Veggie Burger

By Kathypatalsky

This Mardi Gras Veggie Burger is filled with spicy red beans and rice flavor. Turn that favorite New Orleans side dish into a main course. This easy recipe can be prepped in just a few minutes, pan-fried and added to a toasted bun with plenty of veggie toppings for a delicious feast to celebrate a not-so-fat Tuesday. This recipe makes an excellent vegetarian entree for your Mardi Gras feasting. Get the recipe.

More Beans and Rice Recipe:

Traditional Red Beans and Rice

Rainbow beans and rice

Mardi Gras Veggie Burgers

makes 4 large patties


  • 15 ounce can of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, short grain (the stickier the better)
  • 1/2 cup panko or regular bread crumbs
  • 2-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp salt-free chili powder
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped kale, parsley or celery (for some green!)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fine black pepper
  • optional: 1 veggie spicy “sausage” – finely chopped

safflower or extra virgin olive oil to saute


1. Combine beans and rice in a large mixing bowl, mash together until nice and thickened.

2. Fold in remaining ingredients and continue mashing. Place mixture in fridge to chill for about 20-30 minutes so the mixture is easier to handle.

3. Grab a scoop of the mixture and form into small patties.

4. Heat 1-2 Tbsp oil in a saute pan and cook each patty for 2-3 minutes on each side. Or until browned and edges begin to crisp. For more well-done burgers, after the pan-fry, bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees before serving.

5. Serve on buns or bun-free!