Guilt-Free Burger

Baked kidney bean patty seasoned with the Indian spices nested between the whole wheat bun and drizzled with some makhani sauce.

Guilt Free Burger, well the name says it all. This recipe is specially for my vegetarian and diet conscious friends, who would like to enjoy a yummy delight and not worry about those extra calories.

Burger Buns

cooking timepreparation timetotal time
15 minutes2 hour2 hours and 15 minutes


  • Wheat Flour – 2 cups
  • Yoghurt/Curd – 1 cup
  • Instant Dry Yeast – 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Olive Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1 tbsp


  1. In a large bowl add the wheat flour, sugar and yeast and give it a good mix.
  2. Now add the curd, salt and mix them well together until everything is combined.
  3. Add olive oil and knead the dough, ensure the texture of the dough is soft and sticky, in case it is dry, add a tbsp of curd.
  4. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes on a flat surface, knead by using the stretch and fold technique.
  5. After 5 minutes tuck the dough inwards, having a smooth surface facing up and place it in the bowl.
  6. Cover the bowl with a cling film and let the dough rest for 60-90 minutes or until it rises to double the original size (tip: keep the dough in a warm place).
  7. Once the dough has doubled its size punch it gently, knead once again until it is smooth. Follow the tuck and inward roll technique and place it on a flat surface to divide the dough in 6 equal portions.
  8. By following the same tuck and inward roll technique, take each portion of the dough and form it in to a bun shape. Place dough on a baking tray aligned with parchment paper, ensure to have gap between the dough.
  9. Once they are placed on the tray let them rest for for 20 minutes for them to rise further more.
  10. After 20 minutes, brush the buns with milk and place the baking tray in the pre heated oven (set to 200 Celsius) and bake them for 12 – 15 minutes or until buns are golden brown.
  11. Let the buns cool down before you assemble them in the burger.

Note – You can bake the Burger Buns a day before or you can use a store bought buns if its time consuming.

Kidney Bean Patties

Cooking TimePrepration TimeTotal Time
30 minutes10 minutes40 minutes


  • Boiled Kidney Beans – 1 cup
  • Ginger – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Green Chilli – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1 Medium (finely chopped)
  • Carrot – 1 Medium (grated)
  • Coriander Leaves – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Oats – 1/4 cup
  • Bread Crumbs – 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric power – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt as per your taste.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius and place parchment paper on the baking tray.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the boiled kidney beans and mash them. Once they are mashed add the oats, bread crumbs, spices, salt and give it a good mix.
  3. Add finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilli, onion, carrot, coriander leaves and mix them altogether.
  4. Divide the patty mix in equal portions and shape them up using your hand.
  5. Place the patty on the baking tray and bake them for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. After 25 minutes, flip the patty and bake them for another 5 – 7 minutes.
  7. Once they are baked, transfer them to a plate.

Makhani Sauce

Cooking TimePrepration TimeTotal Time
10 minutes5 minutes15 minutes


  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil – 1/2 tbsp
  • All Purpose Flour (maida) – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato Paste – 4 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Kasturi Methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Cream – 4 tbsp
  • Salt as per your taste


  1. In a sauce pan on medium heat add the butter.
  2. Once the butter starts to melt, add olive oil, flour, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, kasturi methi, salt and mix.
  3. Make sure that heat is on medium and keep stirring the spices until its frothy, which indicates that the flour and the spices are cooked.
  4. Now add the tomato paste and cook, until the fat (butter & oil) is separated from the mixture.
  5. Lastly add the fresh cream, sugar and cook on low heat, until the sauce is thick and shiny.
  6. Turn of the heat and let it rest.

Assembling the Burger


  • Tomato – 1 medium sliced
  • Onion – 1 medium sliced
  • Lettuce/Cabbage – 1/4 cup grated
  • Beetroot (optional) – 1/4 cup grated
  • Ketchup as per your liking.


  1. Slit the burger bun in half and toast interior of the bun until light golden brown on a pan.
  2. Once toasted use the bottom of the bun and place grated cabbage/lettuce and beetroot.
  3. Squeeze some ketchup on top and place a sliced onion.
  4. Place the patty on the onion and drizzle some Makhani Sauce*.
  5. Lastly place a sliced tomato and cover the burger with the other half.

*Tip – You can add some warm water, to have have a running consistency if the makhani sauce is thick.

Guilt-Free Burger has become all time favourite dish in my kitchen and I m sure it will soon be in yours. Do try them out and please share your experience in the comments section below.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Wow , well presented and looks delicious. A must try for junk food eaters who want to eat healthy but don’t like the taste of healthy food. This is going to satiate your taste buds 😇 Thank You for making recipes for weight watchers 😬


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