With Memorial Day in our rear view mirrors, we’re officially in summer grilling season. If you’re craving the smell of lighter fluid and the taste of charcoal, we’ve got some irresistible bean burger recipes to liven up your summer menus. When you choose bean burgers instead of more traditional meat patties, you not only save money and fat, you also open yourself to an array of intense flavors. Beans are an excellent backdrop for all kinds of spices and herbs. These creative and innovative bean burger recipes are like a trip around the world. So the next time you fire up the grill, throw on one of these delicious bean recipes:

Yukon Gold White Bean Basil Burgers

Worried that bean burgers won’t be filling enough for your family? Worry no more with these potato-filled burgers. That’s right, you’re combining fries with burgers in this creative dish. Steam waxy Yukon gold potatoes and mash together with white beans (remember, you can always substitute great northern white beans for cannelini or white pinto beans in any recipe) and throw on the grill. Top with fresh basil leaves for a taste that’s both fresh and hearty. The potato gives a smooth, creamy texture while the beans add a hint of interest.

Poblano Pepper, Sweet Corn and Pinto Bean Burgers with Chipotle Aioli 

These pinto bean burgers are a nutritional powerhouse, chock full of veggies in every bite. Mash pinto beans together with corn, slightly-spicy poblano peppers, cornmeal and Southwestern spices. Once grilled, you’ll have a patty that’s moist, crisp and with a different textural element in every bite, from the smooth beans to the pop of fresh corn kernels. Spread on a little aioli (fancy mayonnaise) mixed with adobo for a kick of eat. To really make this a special meal, top with avocado.

White Bean Burgers with Eggplant Spread

This is for when you want to make dinner just a little elegant, while still keeping the breezy casualness of grilling. Use great northern white beans as the base for a simple patty flavored with lemon and thyme. What really takes this recipe to the next level is the roasted eggplant spread. It gives a slight bitterness to the vaguely sweet white bean patty for an intriguing flavor combination.

How will you be firing up your grill this summer? Put some beans on the barbie!

Grilling out tonight? Here’s the perfect side dish for your grilled meat featuring Randall Beans Great Northern Beans

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