White Bean Burgers with Tomato-Olive Relish

This veggie burger is a lively combination of classic Italian flavors. It’s just as good served without the bun.

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 12 small leaves
1 large clove garlic
1 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup using a rasp grater)
1 15-oz. can navy beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup plain panko
1 large egg
Kosher salt
1 medium tomato, finely diced
8 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 Tbs. finely diced red onion
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. olive oil
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

1. In a food processor, pulse the 1/4 cup basil and the garlic until finely chopped. Add the Parmigiano, 1/2 cup of the beans, 1/4 cup of the panko, the egg, and 1/2 tsp. salt and process until smooth. Put the remaining beans in a large bowl and coarsely mash with a fork. Add the puréed bean and basil mixture and mix well.

2. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup of panko on a plate. With wet hands, form the bean mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Coat each patty with the panko, transfer to a plate, cover, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the tomato, olives, onion, balsamic vinegar, and the remaining 12 basil leaves. Set aside.

4. Heat a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet on high heat until very hot, about 1 minute. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Cook the burgers, flipping once, until browned, 5 to 8 minutes total. Serve the burgers on the buns, topped with the tomato-olive relish.

Source: Fine Cooking Issue 124 White Bean Burgers with Tomato-Olive Relish

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