White Bean & Sage Pita Burgers

My food processor is just too small, so for recipes like this, I have to use my blender. This was a messy job, but these burgers turned out really well. You know what makes them? The almonds. And I didn’t even toast mine! And I don’t think Toby even noticed them, because he hates nuts in his food. But I could tell they were there. I had some burgers left over, and I just ate them plain for lunch the next day. Still good!

rating: 9

White Bean & Sage Pita Burgers
(Cooking Light, June 2011)

hands on time: 27 min. Total time needed: 27 min.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons grated fresh onion
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
3 (6-inch) pitas, cut in half
6 green leaf lettuce leaves
6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Directions:

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and garlic; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Place mixture in food processor. Add oats and next 8 ingredients (through egg); process until smooth.

2. Wipe pan with a paper towel. Return pan to medium heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Working with one portion at a time, spoon bean mixture into a 1/2-cup dry measuring cup, and carefully remove bean mixture with a rubber spatula onto pan. (Bean mixture is very soft and sticky.) Using spatula, shape mixture into a 3/4-inch-thick round patty. Repeat procedure 5 times to form 6 patties. Cook 8 minutes or until golden, turning after 4 minutes.

3. Combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons grated onion, and cheese in a small bowl. Spread about 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture into each pita half; top with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and 1 bean patty.

makes 6 burgers

per burger, 315 calories

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