Bulgur plays two integral roles in these vegetarian burgers: it's used to bolster the shiitake mushroom-and-pinto bean patties and to create a crunchy crust on the outside. Serve with your favorite toppings, or go full California-style by layering with avocado and sprouts.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2018


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 55 mins


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  • In a large nonstick skillet, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil over high heat. Stir in spinach; cover and cook until bright green and wilted, about 1 minute. Drain and squeeze dry. Chop.

  • Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons oil, then mushrooms, onion, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Stir in beans, then transfer to a large heatproof bowl; let cool slightly. Add cilantro, spinach, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and lime juice; mash mixture together with a fork or potato masher, leaving some larger pieces. Stir in egg, 1 cup bulgur, and breadcrumbs. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  • Spread remaining 1/2 cup bulgur on a plate; season with salt and pepper. Form bean mixture into 1/2-cup patties (about 1/2 inch thick); press each side into bulgur to coat. Wipe skillet clean; return to medium heat. Swirl in 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and add half of patties. Cook until a deep crust forms, 8 to 10 minutes. Flip and cook until second sides are crisp and patties are heated through, about 8 minutes more. In last minute of cooking, add cheese and cover; cook until melted. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. Repeat with remaining burgers. Spread each roll with Dijonnaise, then top with a patty, avocado, sprouts, and pickles; serve.