Lemon Pecan Barley Burgers- Vegan

Lemon Zest Pecan and Barley Burgers www.notsoperfectlife.com

The biggest problem I hear people have when making homemade burgers from grains or beans is that they are not very flavorful. I always wonder why people don’t get more creative with spices or add ins. Grain and bean based burgers are a blank slate to blend with your favorite flavors, get creative!

Since it’s the summer and in the summer (well really all year long) I crave pecans and all things lemon. I was really intrigued when I saw the burger recipes in the one of my go to cookbooks Main Grain. The recipe had me at lemon and pecans so I decided to try it out. Improvising with the barley and a few of the herbs I came up with this tasty hearty treat.

Pecans in a burger you ask? Yes please, the pecans blend so well with the barley giving the burgers a meaty nutty taste and the lemon and herbs… you can just imagine. If you want to get fancy you can even add some smokey tempeh bacon.

I pan fried my burgers but I can only imagine how good these burgers would be if you grilled them outside. Unfortunately I don’t have that luxury living in New York City.

Lemon Zest Pecan and Barley Burger www.notsoperfectlife.com

Lemon Pecan Barley Burgers- Vegan

Makes about 8 burgers

2/3 Cup Uncooked Barley

1/2 White Onion Chopped

2 Tablespoon Olive Oil (separated)

2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest

2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1/4th Cup Water

1 Can White Beans


1) Cook barley as per the package instructions, you can do this the day before and store in fridge until ready to use. Rinse beans well and drain in a coriander.

2) Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium to high heat. Once hot add in the chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Add the pecans at the end for about 2 minutes to gently toast them.

3) Add all your ingredients into a food processor or blender. I used my Vita Mix. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. I left mine a little chunky because I wanted to bite into a crunchy pecan or two every now and then!

4) Press the lemon pecan and barley mixture into burger patties. You can individually wrap up the burgers and freeze in ziplock freezer bags if you would like.

4) Heat the other tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan you sautéed the onions in earlier. Grill the burger patties flipping when each side is browned after about 4 minutes. Make sure to heat all the way through!

Serve on your favorite bun with fixin’s!

Lemon Zest Pecan Barley Burgers- www.notsoperfectlife.com

Lemon Zest Pecan Barley Burgers- www.notsoperfectlife.com

An odd fact about me: I hate lettuce, tomatoes and onions on top of burgers or sandwiches. I like my burgers plain or with add ons like avocado, humus, cheese or tempeh bacon. I love tomato soup, salsa or things with tomatoes in it but I hate them plain by themselves, same with onions…

Lemon Zest Pecan Barley Burger- www.notsoperfectlife.com

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And what are you doing this weekend? TGIF!!!!!!

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Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
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7 Responses to Lemon Pecan Barley Burgers- Vegan

  1. What an awesome burger recipe! I could eat burgers all summer long!!! OMG TGIF! Is it 5pm yet?! It’s sunny here today – hope it is by you too! I’m hanging with my best girlfriend tomorrow and relaxing with my husband on Sunday. Hopefully a long run too. Hope you have a great weekend!
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  2. Truly, veggies burgers are my favorite type of burger, but my family prefers the meat variety, so I typically make veggie burgers for my lunch-time meal. I love avocado smashed on my burgers along with a tzatziki yogurt sauce and I love them sans the bun. So good! These look great girl and adding some pecans along with lemon, yum! Totally going to give these a try! Have a great weekend! xoxo, Jackie
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  3. I love veggie burgers, but I’ve never tried one with barley. Sounds and looks really delicious!!
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  4. i do not like raw onion either…i like tomatoes but am so picky about their texture that i usually end up picking them off especially at restaurants…if I get mine fresh from the farmers market then I am all for it. but i do have to say reba i am so surprised about no lettuce. :-)
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