Greek-inspired bean burgers recipe

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It takes just six ingredients - including pitta and readymade salad - to make these mouthwatering Greek-inspired bean burgers

Greek inspired bean burgers
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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories534 Kcal27%
Saturated Fat5 g25%
Fat17.5 g25%
Carbohydrates56 g22%

Serve our Greek-inspired bean burgers with pitta, in buns, or with a hearty salad for a delicious and easy lunch or dinner. 

These burgers are a great option if you want more healthy family meals. Lots of the ingredients are very important and beneficial for good heart health too. Mixed beans are bursting with minerals and fibre, and low in saturated fat. They help improve your blood cholesterol and will keep you feeling fuller for longer so you’re less likely to snack between meals. 


  • 1tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 75g (2 1⁄2oz) 0% fat Greek style natural yogurt or vegan alternative
  • 2tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint
  • 1⁄2 cucumber, finely diced
  • 2 wholemeal pitta breads, halved
  • Bag mixed salad leaves, to serve

For the burgers:

  • 1 1⁄2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, 1⁄2 diced and 1⁄2 finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 30g (1oz) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp dried oregano
  • 1tsp chilli akes
  • 1⁄2tsp dried mint
  • Zest and juice of 1⁄2 lemon
  • 75g (21⁄2oz) reduced-fat Greek-style salad cheese or vegan alternative




  1. For the burgers, heat 1⁄2tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and cook the diced onion and the garlic until soft. Add the mixed beans to the pan to warm through. Use a potato masher to crush them into a paste. Mix in the breadcrumbs, oregano, chilli flakes, mint, lemon zest and juice, and cheese. Press and shape into 4 patties.
  2. Pour the vinegar over the sliced onion. Mix together and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining 1tbsp oil in the frying pan and cook the burgers for 4 mins on each side until cooked through and hot.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, mint and cucumber. Toast the pitta breads and open up the pockets. Top the bean burgers with some of the sliced onion. Serve with the salad leaves, the pittas and the refreshing minty yogurt.

Top tips for making our Greek inspired bean burgers 

You could also roll the burger mixture into small balls and fry or cook in the air fryer for 5-10 mins until crisp and piping hot. Serve with a zingy Greek salad full of tomatoes, feta, onion, and kalamata olives. 

What can I use to bind bean burgers?

If your patty mixture is a little dry you can add a splash of water or use a beaten egg. The bean mixture shouldn’t be too wet either so you can add more breadcrumbs if needed or a little flour. 

Are bean burgers better for you?

Bean burgers are lower in calories and fat compared to beef burgers or fried chicken burgers. They are a good, hearty, meat-free option that is full of flavour too. 

Can you eat bean burgers on the Mediterranean diet?

Yes, bean burgers are a good choice if you’re following the Mediterranean diet as they are classified under the vegetables and grains that can be eaten frequently. See the full Mediterranean diet food list here to see what else is included.  

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Jessica Ransom

"Mixed beans help to give the burger mixture some variety in colour but you can swap for whatever you have in the cupboard. I've successfully made them using only chickpeas, butter beans and even black beans." 

With a non-stick frying pan, you can omit the oil for frying the bean burger patties, helping to reduce the calorie count even further. This one from Our Place is stylish and versatile. 

Our Place Always Pan - View at Our Place 

Our Place Always Pan - View at Our Place 

Not only does this pan look stylish, but it’s highly functional too. It has an excellent non-stick coating and it’s best to hand wash to maintain the condition. The pan will come in very handy when frying eggs or pancakes too! 

For some even quicker dinner inspiration, check out these 15 minute meals. We also have some tasty cheap family meals and our classic bean burger recipe is a popular choice with veggies. 

Jessica Ransom
Senior Food Writer

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits. 

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