Green Bean “Fries” and Asian Veggie Burgers with Star Fruit Relish


February 19, 2012 by Dana

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Is there anything more quintessentially American than a burger and fries?

Think about it.   I bet you can’t name one thing.

Ok, well maybe life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and all that jazz…. Oh yeah, and jazz. And baseball.  Definitely baseball.

Let me rephrase.

Is there any meal more quintessentially American than a burger and fries?

Nope.  Nothing. I’m glad we agree.

So when it came time for me to come up with a meal for the Marx Foods East Meets Delicious Recipe Contest, it only seemed fitting to embrace the “east meets west” theme by incorporating the markedly Asian ingredients into the ultimate American meal.

My mission, if I chose to accept it: create two original recipes using at least four of the samples provided by Marx Foods (samples included adzuki beans, maitake mushrooms, mochi rice, dried star fruit, organic millet, hijiki.). The recipes must be for one appetizer and one main course.

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Appetizer:  Green Bean “Fries”


2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/2 cup millet
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2  eggs
1 lb green beans, trimmed


1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Drizzle a large baking sheet with the sesame oil and place into preheating oven.

2.   Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, ground the millet seeds into a fine, flour like consistency.  Combine the ground millet, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl and mix well.  In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs.

3.  Remove the pan from the oven.  Dip the green beans, one by one, into the egg and then the millet mixture, and then arrange them on the hot pan.  Roast the green beans for 8 minutes.  Flip the green beans and then bake until golden brown and crispy, about 8 more minutes.

4.   Serve immediately with desired dipping sauce (spicy mustard suggested.)

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Main Course:  Asian Veggie Burgers with Star Fruit Relish

Ingredients for Veggie Burger: 

1/2 cup dried adzuki beans
1 oz dried maitake mushrooms
1/2 cup mochi rice
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1  onion, shredded
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 large zucchini, shredded
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp minced scallions
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
8 multigrain buns

Ingredients for Star Fruit Relish:

8 dried star fruit, minced
zest of one orange
juice of one orange
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon Asian chili-garlic sauce


1.  Soak adzuki beans overnight.  The next day, cook beans according to these directions on Marx Foods website.  Divide the beans in half, mashing half of the beans with a fork, and leaving the other half whole.  Set aside.

2.  Reconstitute the dried maitake mushrooms according to these directions on the Marx Foods website.  Mince reconstituted mushrooms.  Reserve the liquid used to cook the rice.

3.  Rinse mochi rice well, until rinsing water runs clear.  Place the rice in a small sauce pan along with the mushroom broth.  Bring water to a boil and let boil for one minute.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cover pot. Cook for about 40 minutes, until water is absorbed.

4.  Meanwhile, in a large skilet, heat sesame oil over medium high heat.  Once hot, add onions and garlic to the oil and saute for 2 minutes.  Add mushroom and zucchini.  Saute for 3 additional minutes.  Remove from heat.

5.  In a large mixing bowl, combine beans, rice, vegetable mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, scallions, and cayenne pepper.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add flour and mix well.

6.  On a greased baking sheet, form mixture into 8 veggie patties.  Mixture may be on the wet side, but do the best you can to keep them together. The burgers will firm up as they cook.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Flip patties and bake for 15-20 more minutes, until patties stay together and are no longer wet.

7.  To make star fruit relish, combine all relish ingredients except for chili-garlic sauce in a small sauce pan.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Add chili-garlic sauce and continue to simmer until all liquid is absorbed.

8.  To assemble, place one veggie burger and any desired toppings on each bun.  Top each burger with star fruit relish and serve immediately.

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35 thoughts on “Green Bean “Fries” and Asian Veggie Burgers with Star Fruit Relish

  1. Green-bean fries! What a great idea. The look so crunchy and perfect — I am so excited to try that out.

  2. Joanne says:

    I was wondering where you got starfruit from…but of COURSE it was MarxFoods! Both of these recipe components sound amazing. I love jazzed up burgers…the plain old traditional American version just doesn’t do it for me. And these are jazzed to the max.

  3. Wow, what an impressive meal! The green beans look wonderful!!

  4. I love green bean fries! I usually don’t even coat them with anything, but ground millet sounds good and will make it extra crunchy!

  5. This sounds awesome. I really want to try green bean fries :D. The burger roll looks awesome :D

  6. Green-bean fries is SO clever, love it all and the burger looks awesome.

  7. RavieNomNoms says:

    I wish this was my dinner right now!! Looks so amazing! Love green bean fries!

  8. Kelly says:

    Such a perfect meal! I love that you’ve recreated a healthy version of burger and fries, brilliant! :)

  9. Great entry! Those green bean fries look divine, especially with that crispy millet crust you dreamed up. Forget the burger, I just want a giant basket of those in front of me right about now. :)
    Good luck with the contest!

  10. Claudia says:

    I love playing around with veggie fries. And the burger is a nice take on an American classic. Fun posting. Only now – I want it.

  11. Tes says:

    I really need to try that green bean fries!!! It looks so good :)

  12. Katerina says:

    You did a great job changing our classic notion of the American burger! They look delicious and much more healthy than the original ones!

  13. biz319 says:

    Please send me some of those green bean fries – love it!!

  14. Monet says:

    You have my vote…and you also have my stomach growling! Thank you for sharing yet another delicious concoction. I’m sitting down with a tall cup of almond milk and a coconut cookie. Perfect accompaniments to blog reading! I hope you are having a blessed week!

  15. Brandon says:

    I’m bummed you’re not winning. Yours is by far the best looking recipe, and the most vegan-friendly! I’m going to have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Nice looking burger and fries, and a really innovative way of using those beans and mushrooms. Good luck!

  17. amy @ uTryIt says:

    These are really unique and healthy recipes. I gotta forward your post to my vegetarian girl friend cos I know she’ll have these. :)

  18. I love the idea of the green beans, especially now that I know what the millet tastes like. I’ll have to tag this recipe to try sometime. :)

  19. Love what you did with the foods. Truly a East meets West fusion. Donna

  20. I would love to have your green bean fries and veggie burger. Both look great and I am sure taste delicious! Good luck with the contest!

  21. kat says:

    YUM!!! I love that it’s baked!

  22. Winnie says:

    I love what you did with this challenge…so original! I wish I had some dried star fruit left over so I could make that relish…looks amazing :)

  23. Kocinera says:

    That looks like a plate of amazing food! All those cool, fusion ingredients make everything sound so delicious and fresh.

  24. Betty says:

    Love the burger, but those green bean fries are calling my name! This would be one way to get my grandson to eat beans without a fuss. :)

  25. Star fruit relish and adzuki beans burger. Wow! Creative, delish, and healthy all in one recipe. Fried green beans that do not need to be fried. Love it! Good luck with contest!

  26. Congrats on your win at Marx Foods! (shhhh… don’t tell anyone, but I voted for ya!)

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  28. Judy says:

    love your green bean fries, so creative, and the burger looks amazing.

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  30. A Table in the Sun says:

    I have featured your recipe in The Green Bean Queen’s Top Ten. Thanks for bring a fun way to serve green beans.

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  33. Monet says:

    Hi love! I wanted to let you know that I tried these green bean fries and they were just delicious! Thank you so much for sharing them with me. I hope you have a beautiful day!

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