Porchetta & White Bean Burgers

June 21, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Our current obsession: half-veggie burgers. This one takes inspiration from Italian porchetta: ground pork, lots of garlic, and fresh herbs, plus creamy white beans. This felt destined for a ciabatta bun, lemony fennel slaw, and smear of mustard, but take it any way you wish. Emma Laperruque

Makes: 4 burgers
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min


  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon minced sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (I used 20% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
In This Recipe


  1. Add the beans to a bowl. Smush with a fork until mostly broken up. Add the egg, garlic, fennel seeds, rosemary, sage, red peppers, and salt. Mix to combine. Add the ground pork. Mix to combine. Form into 4 patties.
  2. Set a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the canola oil. When the skillet is very hot, add the patties. Sprinkle with salt. Sear for about 3 minutes, until crusty, then flip. Top with cheese, if you’re using, and sear for another 3 or so minutes until cooked through.
  3. Sandwich with your chosen bun and toppings. Slice in half and eat.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Abby June 25, 2018
My husband thought there was too much bean taste so next time I would use only half a can. They were flavorful and delicious!<br />
Merry June 24, 2018
This sounded so interesting that despite giving up red meat long ago, we wanted to try it. Works perfectly with ground chicken and we are looking forward to the leftovers tonight.