Adzuki Bean Burgers with Onion Gravy

This Gillian McKeith recipe is a handy one to have in your repertoire. The adzuki, or azuki beans as they are also known,  are small, reddish-brown beans, rounded in shape with a point at one end. They have a strong, nutty, sweet flavour. If you boil the pre-soaked beans for about 40 mins until very soft, they will blend better in the food processor, or you can of course use a tin of beans instead. This recipe makes 12 mini burgers, but you can make bigger ones if you prefer.


  • 75 g pine nuts (or any unsalted nuts)
  • 189g soft cooked adzuki beans
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 50 g roughly chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6 and cover a baking tray with non stick parchment or foil
  • Place the nuts in a food processor and blend until finely ground. Add the beans, tahini, onion, parsley and stock.
  • Blend until the mixture forms an almost smooth, thick paste and roll into small balls. Place on baking tray Flatten into burger shapes with your hands.
  • Brush the burgers lightly with the oil and bake for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and carefully turn over using a spatula. Return to the oven for a further 7 mins until the burgers are cooked through.

Serve with onion gravy and lots of seasonal veg.

Onion Gravy

  • 3 onions
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Tamari sauce
  • Sweat the onions in the olive oil on a low heat for 15 mins until soft and translucent.
  • Add a little water under the onions and cook for a further 15 mins.
  • Blend the onions and pour into a bowl. Add the Tamari sauce and serve.


  1. Chari said

    Yum… sounds amazing. I’m hungry and have no food in the house. Must go shopping!!! LOL

  2. Hehe am I really the first comment to this great post.

  3. when i cook at home, i always make sure that i only cook healthy recipes because i don’t want to get fat **;

  4. Liz said

    I got this recipe from Gillian McKeith’s Ultimate Health Plan book last year and it really is delicious. I avoid the oil completely by using veggie broth instead of olive oil to cook the onions and they still taste great. This is a yummy recipe to have on a cold winter’s day.

    • Editor said

      Thanks Liz – I really like your tip about the veggie broth – I am going to try that for myself

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