Wasabi Spiced Adzuki Burger

Adzuki (also azuki or aduki) beans are a small red bean popular throughout East Asia. Although they’re often served sweetened in red bean paste, their savory preparation here provides a nutty, hearty flavor to this meatless burger. This recipe comes to us from Shruti Jain, and is the winning recipe from The Natural Gourmet Institute‘s recent Meatless Monday Veggie Burger Competition.

Makes 3-4 burgers, depending on size.

  • 2 cups soaked adzuki beans
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. minced green pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. grounded black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet tamarind paste
  • 1 cup tomatoes, small diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup shredded beetroot
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • Sesame seed (enough to coat the burger)

For the wasabi-avocado dressing and caramelized onions:

  • 1 large sweet potato, sliced long & thin (like fries)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 1/2 tsp. wasabi powder
  • 1 tsp lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, small diced
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 multigrain burger buns
  • 1 small head Boston lettuce
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/2 cup micro greens

To make the burgers:

Pressure cook adzuki bean with enough water to cover the beans. It will take 15 – 20 minutes.


Place adzuki beans in a small pan with 4 – 5 cups water and cook until soft. This will take 50-60 minutes. Mash the beans.

Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

In a sauté pan, warm the butter and olive oil. Add garlic, shallots and salt and let them sweat. Now add green pepper, rosemary, black pepper, paprika and tamarind paste. Let it cook for 5 more minutes on low flame, then add tomatoes and let the mixture cook for 10 minutes on a medium flame.

Add mashed beans to the onion mixture and remove it from the flame. Let it cool slightly and then add shredded carrots and beetroot. Taste and add vinegar. Add more salt if needed.

Make 2 patties of 3.5-4 oz. each using the mix. Coat it with sesame seeds on both the sides.

Brush a baking sheet with oil and bake the patties for 10-20 minutes on each side. Finish grilling the patties on a grilling pan.

To make the wasabi-avocado dressing and caramelized onions:

Toss sweet potato with spices and olive oil and bake it in the oven for 25 minutes until crisp and brown.

In a food processor, add one avocado, wasabi powder, maple syrup and salt. Process until smooth. Add lemon and diced avocado to the mixture.

In a pan, add butter, oil and onions and let it sweat. Let it cook till the pan gets brown at the bottom on a low flame. Add balsamic vinegar and caramelize it.

To assemble:

Place a Boston lettuce, tomato and the patty on the base of the bun. Top the patty with caramelized onion, avocado dressing and micro greens.

Serve with fries on the side.

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Nutrition Information

Wasabi Spiced Adzuki Burger

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  826

Calories from Fat:  267

Total Fat:  30

Saturated Fat:  6g

Cholesterol:  5mg

Sodium:  893mg

Potassium:  1232mg

Carbohydrates:  117g

Dietary Fiber:  26g

Protein:  30g

Sugars:  13g

Vitamin A:  266%

Vitamin C:  76%

Calcium:  26%

Iron:  58%

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