"They sell those at Costco, you know," my friend offered simply. I had finished telling her the tale of woe of the bowl of bean mash that'd the bean burgers had become. Of course, to successfully cook all the recipes in the Fiddlehead cookbook, buying the patties at Costco wasn't gonna cut it. Boy, that would've been easier.
You see, making bean burgers patties entails a long process involving: buying three types of beans (navy, red, and lentils), setting them out to soak overnight, boiling them for over an hour, boiling them longer with rice, cooking up a mixture of onion and spices, stirring in flour and soy sauce,
...stirring that to the consistency of mashed potatoes,
...letting that sit covered so the flour can cook, cooling it in the fridge 'til all that packed-in heat chills out, then forming them by hand into patties. The mixture sticks to your hand. The patties don't hold a firm shape.
The result was tasty, nonetheless.