Oh hi… end of summer. Nothing new here, just my incredible disbelief.

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I won’t get into that. The whole time flying by thing that is. And I know it’s not reeeeeally the end of summer yet, but it’s totally the time of year to use up basil and corn and stuff that is delicious and nearly impossible for me to find in it’s freshest form for at least six months out of the year.

As much as I whine about not wanting to be an adult, the one thing I actually like about it is that summer doesn’t end an entire month before it’s supposed to. When I was a kid, the start of school completely destroyed all leftover thoughts of summer – things were routine again, extracurricular activities started up, I wore all of my new “fall” clothes within the first three weeks of school (consequently sweating my ass off) and things like swimming and vacation were a far distant memory. Even when it was like 90 degrees.

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I craved the start of a new school year but at the same time, hated change. Even if it was change from, like… three months ago. No seriously. I am such a psycho nostalgic person that I get nostalgic for last week. Normal? I’m asking for real. I think I’m the only one.

So this is something I can definitely add into the “pro” column under growing up: easing and transitioning into new seasons. Being able to enjoy the end of summer produce and stuff like that. Living up the last few weeks of August and the start of September, and still being all summery. Whatever that means.

Something under the “con” column? [Besides the lack of school supply shopping.] Um, how about not being able to complete simple math because now you can just google “what is 15% of $75” or “what is 8 times 9” and no one forces you to do multiplication tables. I’m a mess. Thank goodness I married a numbers guy.

[Or not, because he doesn’t really get how saying “it’s around $100” translates to a $135 purse [<– insert your weakness here.] Shhhhh. #fail]

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Needless to say, I’m still living up all the sweet corn I can possibly get my hands on. Gosh, I love it. And this meal is made best when you have some summer leftovers. Slice the corn off the cob and mix it in with the beans. Blend up a giant batch of pesto with all of the basil in your garden that has about five minutes of living left. Top it with some super ripe tomatoes and tons of salt and pepper. I’m sure you can even manage to add some freshly grated zucchini into the patties as well – just use up everything you’ve got.

I think you know that I’m a bit partial to arugula pesto, so I did a half basil/half arugula mix and it was incredible. The burgers are just another version of my double bean patties, and with the grilled corn? There is TEXTURE. Know how much I love that. Gah. These are just the epitome of everything I love right now: burgers, late summer vegetables (so weird) and greens that are pureed so I don’t have to worry about chewing them.

Can it get any better?

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Bean Burgers with Grilled Corn, Pesto + Heirloom Tomatoes

Yield: makes 6 burgers

Total Time: 35 minutes


1 (14-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained + rinsed
1 large egg + 1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 ears grilled corn, cut from the cob (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pesto
2 tomatoes, sliced
6 whole grain buns


Add the beans and chickpeas to a food processor with the egg, garlic, panko, basil, chives, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is just combined but also a bit coarse. Remove it and place it in a large bowl, then stir and mash in the grilled corn (I even did this with my hands). For the mixture into 6 even patties.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add remaining olive oil. Cook the patties (in batches, if necessary) on both sides until they are golden and warmed through, about 5 to 6 minutes total. Make sure to be gentle when flipping them, and make sure that both sides are brown and crispy. Once all of the burgers are finished, assemble by sandwiching them between the buns, adding pesto on top and finishing it off with a few slices of tomatoes. Eat!

[adapted from my double bean burgers]

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P. S. I was thisclose to adding bacon… I just didn’t have any.

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47 Responses to “End Of Summer Bean Burgers with Grilled Corn + Pesto.”

  1. #
    Becks @ eatwriterunrepeat — September 5, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Love your pictures! This looks great!


  2. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — September 5, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    I love that statement about summer not ending a month before it’s supposed to now that we’re adults. I never thought about that before, but it’s so true!


  3. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — September 5, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Yes! AND I’ll definitely be adding bacon to mine ;)


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 5, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    You make the BEST looking veggie burgers, and I love that (b/c I know you love your bacon LOL) but seriously, these are just perfect! I almost never make veggie burgers but this makes me want to! That TEXTURE from the corn. And the big hearty tomato. And the green pesto. It’s such a beautiful rainbow of great colors!


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 5, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Lol I used to be the same way about the start of the new school year. I was excited to see my friends again, but what I was REALLY excited about was all my new school supplies and decorating my locker. Yeah, total nerd was I. Now I get my amusement from buying new groceries instead of school supplies, and fortunately we don’t have to wait an entire year for that to happen! :)


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    Tieghan — September 5, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Seriously, you make the best veggie burgers around! I love the added corn to this and all that pesto on top and those fresh heirlooms! Look so good!


  7. #
    Kim in MDB — September 5, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    This looks like summer on a plate! I would definitely add bacon to this!


  8. #
    Aggie — September 5, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    I’m a nostalgic for next week person too, I get it.

    Love everything about this!! A beautiful bean burger! :)


  9. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — September 5, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    Sweet corn how I’ll miss you! So saddddd.


  10. #
    Jackie @ something about that — September 5, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    I am in no way a vegetarian, but those look so yummy. Bacon of course would make them even better!

    I feel you on the extra month of summer when you’re an “adult.” I’m wearing sandals today though, and it somehow doesn’t feel right anymore though!

    Xoxo Jackie


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    Jamie @lifelovelemons — September 5, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Noooo not the end of summer!! But if we have to go out, might as well go out with a bang, and these burgers totally kill it! So gorgeous!


  12. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 5, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I am sorry you are missing summer! These burgers are the perfect way to send them off!
    I am Australia so it is just heating up here and I can not wait to try your summer series recipes! These look great for any cook out
    Do not Despair jessica. You have fall food; that means comfort, warming food with pumpkin and apples. Who can argue with that?


  13. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — September 5, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I also have the end of summer blues! I am sad to see the end of lazy days and summer vacays but most of all, the summer foods. But I am totally hanging onto summer as long as I can and I am glad to see you are too! ; )


  14. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 5, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    Love the idea of adding corn to the patties! Genius!!


  15. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 5, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I could care less about the heat, but I am SO sad that all the wonderful summer food will soon be gone :( To make up for it, I’m planning on making massive batches of pesto for the next few weeks. Some of which will be topped on these burgers, because I need them in my life.


  16. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — September 5, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I would probably throw some cheese on these because I’m a shameless glutton, but hey, tomato, tomahto.


  17. #
    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake — September 5, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    OMG looks so good! Must make this :)


  18. #
    Sara — September 5, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    And this is why I need to invest in a food processor! Looks like major noms.


  19. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — September 5, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    That burger. I can’t even. I’m somehow angry at you for making it. Like, thanks a lot for showing me that.


  20. #
    dervla — September 5, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I’m crying over the end of juicy tomatoes, tomatoes so good you can eat them straight with barely any salt. I got into heirlooms in a big way this summer and they basically make up my dinner every night on some bread (with mashed avo too of course). What are we going to doooooo??


  21. #
    RavieNomNoms — September 5, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Those look phenomenal!!


  22. #
    Julia — September 5, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Oh wow, this looks so incredibly good! Thank you for sharing!


  23. #
    Madison — September 5, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    yum! and the perfect late summer dinner! :)


  24. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — September 5, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Mmmmm I love the grilled corn IN the burger. And what burg doesn’t taste ten times better smothered in pesto? Pinned.


  25. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 5, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Mmmm these look awesome!!!!!


  26. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — September 5, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    These look so good! They embody the end of summer perfectly!


  27. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — September 5, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, such a good idea of putting corn in the burger! I may actually be able to get my corn-fed, Nebraskan husband to eat a veggie burger!! :


  28. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — September 5, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    I have been meaning to try a bean burger all summer… you are just in time


  29. #
    sasha york — September 5, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    And it’s without cheese!!! This is where we pat your back,right?

    And you are not the only one. Trust me. I’m not even going to tell you the impossibly dumb material things my heart attaches itself to for nostalgic purposes.


  30. #
    YoungMild&Free — September 5, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Oh my word. This looks so tasty. I need to try this tonight. I must. Thank you for sharing!



  31. #
    Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies — September 5, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make my own veggie/bean burgers, but I never got around to looking up a recipe. And most of the bean burgers I’ve eaten have been Mexican-inspired, so I like that your has an Italian flair. Thanks for sharing your version. I can’t wait to try this!


  32. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — September 5, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    Ooooh! I think my kid’s (and me) will LOVE these! Well def have to add bacon for my meat loving hubby :)


  33. #
    Juliana — September 5, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Absoluely stunning! PRETTY Pease set me a place at your table!


  34. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 5, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    Daaaang what a flavour! These sound seriously heavenly!


  35. #
    Amelia — September 5, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    Yum! These look better than any black bean burger. It must be the fact that corn is so sweet, creamy, and delicious! What, no bacon?! How could YOU be out of bacon? I HAVE bacon in my fridge….and proscuitto! :)


  36. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 6, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    $135 is totally the same as “around $100.” :)

    Love these burgers. Cannellinis + chickpeas together are just perfect.


  37. #
    BJ — September 6, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Can’t wait to make this this weekend….becuzzzzzz…I have a new purse, too. and bacon. :p


  38. #
    Nicole Underwood — September 6, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Dang! That sounds SO good!!


  39. #
    Debra Townsend — September 6, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This sounds SO yummy!!


  40. #
    Larry — September 6, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    This is, like, the PERFECT summertime burger! Or end of summertime… even though it’s supposed to reach triple digits this weekend. GOOOOOO NAPA! Ugh.


  41. #
    Liz — September 6, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m going to make these, like, right now. I LOVED your buffalo sliders. Thanks for all the great vegetarian recipes!


  42. #
    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — September 8, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Beautiful burger! I can’t wait to try it :)


  43. #
    Sarina — September 13, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Would thee freeze well? And what about using a can of mixed beans instead?


  44. #
    Laura — October 2, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Made these into hummus (minus raw egg plus chicken stock to thin it out) for a housewarming last weekend. Everyone LOVED it! So delish.



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