White Bean Pizza Burgers

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White Bean Burgers with all the flavors of pizza make the very best veggie burgers. Made with white beans and basil and then topped with marinara, mozzarella, peppers, and onions.

275 CAL 39g CARBS 7g FAT 15g PROTEIN 4
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Pizza style white bean veggie burgers topped with peppers, onions, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese are seriously delicious. These filling and healthy burgers will quickly become a favorite. Serve them with Parmesan Zucchini Fries or  Healthy Kale Caesar Salad.

Veggie burgers get a bad rap. Sure, there are good versions and bad versions — just like any other burgers out there, veggie or otherwise. But if you ever had a good veggie burger, then you know what I'm talking about. They can be just as flavorful, "meaty" and satisfying as their animal counterparts.

I have spent a lot of time perfecting the veggie burger, so I know what I'm talking about. Plus, there are so many ways to patty-up veggies that surely there's a version out there that even the most self-professed-beef-burger-loving foodie can have his or her mind changed. It's all a matter of trying a few till you come across just the right flavor and texture combination.

I love a lot of different veggie burger types. However, when I came across a veggie burger at the store that was pizza-inspired, featuring mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, it quickly became my favorite. I mean, pizza and a burger in one? I'm so there! I then set about recreating the very same thing at home. This recipe is the culmination of all my efforts to bring you store-bought flavor right in your own kitchen.

Made with Italian spices, red pepper, green pepper, and sweet onion, and then topped with marinara and cheese — well, I dare you to not take one bite and fall in love immediately!

White bean vegetarian burgers with cheese, marinara sauce, peppers, and onions.

How do you make White Bean Pizza Burgers?

The first thing I do is preheat the broiler to get the oven nice and hot for those cheesy pizza burgers.

Next, I grab a bowl and mash up all the white beans. When those are good and mashed together, I add the egg, breadcrumbs, and half the Italian seasoning, plus the spices. I mix it all together until it's well combined (I used my hands) and then form those into four, equal-size patties and set the patties aside.

To cook up the burgers, I use a skillet over medium high heat. To the skillet I add some of the olive oil and let the peppers and onions cook up for about 6-8 minutes, until they start to become tender and fragrant. If they start to scorch, I add a tablespoon or two of water to keep them from burning. I add to them the rest of the Italian seasoning and remove them from the skillet, setting those aside.

After that, I add the rest of the oil and then the patties into the same skillet, cooking for 4-5 minutes per side until they are cooked all the way through on both sides.

Once they are cooked through, I top with the pepper and onion mixture and then 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce and cheese. I then put the whole thing under the broiler until the cheese melts and browns and bubbles. (Make sure your skillet is oven-safe.)

Finally, I remove the skillet from the oven and serve immediately.

What makes these White Bean Burgers Healthy?

Vegetarian Pizza Burgers are made with tons of good-for-you ingredients!

  • Olive oil is a good source of heart-healthy fats. It also contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, plus oleic acid, which is another monounsaturated (good) fat.
  • Bell peppers are a low-calorie food that contains zero fat or cholesterol. They are also full of vitamins A and C, folic acid, fiber, and potassium, plus beta-carotene.
  • Sweet onions are high in antioxidants, and are a good source of fiber, vitamin B, and folic acid. They also can help control your blood sugar, ward off certain kinds of cancer, help create new cells, and have antibacterial abilities.
  • Spices such as Italian seasoning, basil, salt, and pepper add tons of flavor without adding extra calories, fat, or cholesterol to your dishes.
  • White beans are a great source of plant protein. They are also full of fiber, and vitamin B and can help reduce your blood sugar like onions do. They can improve your cholesterol and keep your gut flora functioning as it should.
  • Eggs are an excellent source of protein. They also deliver vitamins B6, B12, B2, and D as well as zinc, copper, iron, and selenium.
  • Breadcrumbs not only help your veggie burgers stick together, but they also provide a low-calorie alternative to frying and give a meaty texture to your burgers or anything you add them to.
  • No-sugar-added marinara sauce is a low-sugar way to get that pizza sauce flavor without adding calories that you don't need. Plus, who wants extra sugars in their diet anyway?
  • Part skim mozzarella cheese delivers calcium and protein, and is lower in calories and fat than a lot of other cheeses. Cheese is an important part of a pizza burger — go ahead and have it in a moderate amount.

White bean veggie burgers made pizza style with tomato sauce, cheese, basil, peppers, and onions.

Ways to Serve Vegetarian Burgers

  • Add these burgers right atop a low-carb bun and serve it like you would any burger — with all the fixins'.
  • Make mini burger sliders!
  • Roll these into mini "meat"balls and serve over spaghetti with additional sauce.
  • Add veggie burgers inside lettuce wraps because why not?
  • Sandwich veggie patties inside two low-carb tortillas with a little extra sauce and cheese to make veggie pizza quesadillas.
The Recipe
Vegetarian pizza burger with peppers, onions, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce.

White Bean Pizza Burgers

275 CAL 39g CARBS 7g FAT 15g PROTEIN 4
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  • 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning, divided
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 15 oz. canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (GF if needed)
  • 2 tbsp. basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese

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Preheat the broiler.


Mash the white beans in a bowl. Add the egg, breadcrumbs, half the Italian seasoning, basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Form into patties. Set aside.


Heat half the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the peppers and onion. Cook for 6-8 minutes until tender, adding the water if they begin to burn. Season with remaining Italian seasoning and set aside.


Add the remaining oil and burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through.


Top the burgers with peppers, onions, 2 tbsp. marinara sauce, and 2 tbsp. cheese.


Place in broiler until cheese melts.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 54mg
Sodium 341mg
Total Carbohydrate 39g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 7g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Jill Doying
February 6, 2016 - 12:27
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Fabulous flavor and texture and so easy to make! I didn't realize when I started out that the WW Smart Points nor the calories include the bun, so beware and add that in if you intent to eat it like a real burger.
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