I love beans. Sugar beans are my favourite, oh and chick peas! A lovely chick pea stew with coconut is just so yummy!

On Monday I went into McDonald was babysitting and the kids wanted McD for lunch. Saves me some cooking so I agreed. I am not a fan of fast food burgers. Doesn’t feel or taste very meaty. So I never like ordering burgers. For the longest time, the only ‘non meaty’ option McDonald has was the fish fillet and that is what I would have. This time they had a vegetarian burger :-). Burger King has a bean burger that is yummy so I thought, why not try this one.

Verdict? It was yummy! I could not believe it, I absolutely loved it. It was very tasty, so tasty that I was tempted to go back for another one. I never want to be outdone, especially by people who mass produce, so I decided I was going to replicate it so I can have my very own vegetarian burger.

The only beans I had were sugar beans so that is what I used. Some recipes call for sweet corn, black beans. I will try that later, I tried with sugar beans and I loved it.

Karabo’s Sugar Bean Patty Recipe

(Inspired by McDonald’s vegetarian burger)


  • 1 Cup of beans (I may have used a bit more)
  • 1 Cup of finely cut onion
  • 1 big carrot, grated
  • 1/2 a cup of finely cut green pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 a cup of finely cut red pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 a cup of finely cut yellow pepper (optional)
  • 1/3 a cup of finely cut fresh coriander, stems included
  • 3 heaped table spoons of flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric (Optional- This is my golden spice, it goes in all my savoury dishes)
  • More of your favourite herbs and spices – to taste.



  1. Soak the beans overnight
  2. Clean and boil till cooked, not too firm but not overcooked as well.
  3. Mash beans using a fork or use a food processor
  4. Mix all the ingredients together, add more flour if you need so you can handle and shape the patties
  5. Shape the patties and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set and firm up.
  6. Bake or fry your patties, I baked the patties
  7. Eat as is or put in a burger roll with Avo and tomato slices…… yummy yummy!


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