Lesley’s Smokey Bean Sausages

vegetarian sausages made from kidneybeans
Delicious, Cheap And Easy Vegetarian Sausages

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This recipe has been contributed by Lesley

A Homemade Vegetarian Sausage

This recipe from Lesley is a basic vegetarian sausage recipe which you can flavour in different ways. It is a good basis from which to explore – and it saves buying the frozen processed sausages. It is very easy to make. You can make it just using a potato masher – or you could use a food processor.

Season How You Wish

The recipe is seasoned with smoked paprika but it would also be goog with chilli and/ or cumin. Instead of leek you could use onion or shredded cabbage or grated carrot. I love this recipe because it is economical and can be adapted to your tastes and what you have in the cupboard.

A Cheap And Easy Veggie Sausage Recipe

Most supermarkets have kidney beans in their basics range so you can get a tin at a very low price. Sainsburys and Tescos basics/value is curently 27p, Coop 28p. The cost of this recipe not including the herbs and spices is under £2 and serves 4 people generously. Great with mashed potato and your favourite vegetable or baked beans. You can easily scale the ingredients up or down to serve more or fewer people

Nutritious Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are very good for you. They are high in fibre and contain essential vitamins, minerals and iron. They are good for heart health. You can buy them canned or dried. If you buy them in the dried form, soak overnight and then boil rapidly fo 10 mnutes and simmer fo a further hour until soft. Drain, wash and refridgerate or freeze in 220g portions (about equivalent to a bought tin)

This is what Lesley says about her recipe:-

I usually make your Glamorgan sausage rather than bought veggie sausage, but had been toying around with the idea of making some more smokey ones. I went to buy butter beans to try but as the co-op only had kidney beans, I used those, and they looked and tasted good!

These sausages are cheap to make – I guess a bit of bottled brown sauce or pickle could take the place of the balsamic vinegar. My husband gave them a thumbs up, though I might play around with different flavours too – just like our local butcher who has a large variety of meat sausage with all sorts of flavourings

Smokey Bean Sausage Recipe


  • 2 tins red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • Small leek white part only, chopped finely
  • 2 oz / 60g oats
  • 4oz / 120g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (optional bit gives nice tang)
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • Salt and Pepper if required.
  • 1 small egg well beaten

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat oven to 180 – fan oven 160

  2. In a large bowl, mash the beans until none are left whole and the mixture is broken down. Use a potato masher or food processor

  3. Add chopped leek and mix

  4. Add herbs and smoked paprika

  5. Add oats and cheese and mix well.

  6. Add balsamic vinegar, if using.

  7. Taste at this stage to test if more seasoning/spice required

  8. Add just enough of the beaten egg to bind the mixture – should be not too wet.

  9. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  10. Mould mixture into 4 sausage shapes and place on baking sheet

  11. Cook for about 20 – 25 minutes. Check after 10 mins and cover with foil if they start to brown too much on the outside.

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