Bean Burger Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Making your own veggie burgers allows you to get creative with the ingredients. You can pick whatever bean you like, select the whole grain you have on hand, and mix and match seasonings based on your favorite flavors. For this recipe, I planned to use edamame but soon realized I didn’t have any in my freezer. What I did have was a bag of lima beans so lima beans it is. The original recipe from called for brown rice but again, did not have any in my pantry so I grabbed the large bag of quinoa that has been in there since the beginning of quarantine. For seasonings, this recipe uses Thai-influenced flavors like red curry paste, peanut butter and lime juice. There are 3 separate steps with this recipe; the pickled salad, the burgers and the peanut dressing. Don’t let the length of this recipe deter you. Each step is very easy and it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes from start to finish. Since you already have all of the ingredients out and are putting in the effort, I suggest doubling everything so you have extra for later in the week.

Here are a couple of tips to extend this recipe so you can use it for additional meals. The recipe makes 4 burgers but since you already have all the ingredients, I would double it. Make it in two batches unless you have a large food processor that could handle a double-batch. Shape into burgers but only cook the burgers you plan to eat and then freeze the uncooked patties on a sheet tray for a later date. I would also double the peanut sauce because this is a delicious sauce you can use to drizzle over roasted vegetables, salads, or use as a creamy veggie dip. And since you’re already cutting up the veggies for the pickled salad, slice extra so you can add them to sandwiches, salads or serve them as a delicious crunchy side-salad.

Bean Burger lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce


Pickled Salad

1 cup shredded or julienned carrots

1/3 cup thinly sliced purple onion

1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper

Juice of 1 lime (about 3 tablespoons) Note: You will need 2 limes for this recipe

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1 1/2 cups shelled edamame or lima beans (thawed if frozen) or canned chickpeas (drained)

1 cup cooked brown rice or cooked quinoa

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon red Thai curry paste

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

1/3 cup chopped scallions

2 tablespoons olive oil for sauteing the burgers

Peanut Sauce

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

1 tablespoon lime juice

Dash of hot sauce

1-2 tablespoons water

5 large Bibb or Romaine lettuce leaves


Pickled Salad

  1. In a medium glass bowl, toss carrots, onion, and red pepper with 3 tablespoons lime juice, sugar and salt. Set aside.


  1. Combine beans, rice or quinoa, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, curry paste, 1 tablespoon tamari, and scallions in a food processor. Pulse, scraping down the sides, until coarsely chopped. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop mixture and shape into 4 burgers.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the burgers and cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Peanut Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 tablespoon tamari, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and a dash of hot sauce. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to help thin the sauce. Whisk until smooth and creamy.


  1. Place a large lettuce leaf on plate. Top with burger, pickled salad and drizzle with peanut sauce.

Recipe inspired by January/February 2020

6 Comments Add yours

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    1. Judy Matusky says:

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