Black Bean Burger recipe - a delicious meatless option.

Hey there! If you're looking for a delicious and filling vegetarian option, you've come to the right place. This Black Bean Burger is a hearty and satisfying meal. Trust me, even if you're not a vegetarian, you won't be disappointed by this flavourful burger.

Made with a combination of black beans, walnuts, spices, breadcrumbs, and eggs, this burger offers a unique texture that will leave you feeling satisfied.

It's packed with essential ingredients like onions, garlic, and olive oil, along with a blend of spices that will tantalise your taste buds. Whether you choose to bake or grill it, this burger is sure to be a hit.

And the best part? You can customise it with your favourite toppings like guacamole, burger sauce, chipotle sauce, or cheese. The possibilities are endless!

So, if you're ready to sink your teeth into a mouthwatering black bean burger, let's get cooking!

Serving Suggestions:

  • Classic Burger: Serve the black bean burger on a bap with traditional burger toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, and gherkins. Add your favourite sauce, like burger sauce or chipotle sauce, for extra flavour.
  • Southwest Style: Top the black bean burger with guacamole, salsa, and a sprinkle of grated cheese. Serve on a toasted bap or wrap it in a tortilla for a delicious Tex-Mex twist.
  • BBQ Burger: Brush the black bean burger with your favourite BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of grilling. Top with caramelised onions and serve on a toasted bap with coleslaw for a smoky and tangy flavour combination.
  • Mediterranean Delight: Serve the black bean burger on a pitta bread with tzatziki sauce, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and crumbled feta cheese. You can also add some fresh herbs like mint or parsley for an extra burst of flavour.
  • Asian Fusion: Create an Asian-inspired black bean burger by topping it with a coleslaw made of shredded carrots, cabbage, and coriander dressed with a soy-sesame vinaigrette. Serve on a bap or wrapped in lettuce leaves for a refreshing and light option.

Ingredients needed:

  • 800 grams of Black Beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 garlic cloves (1 tablespoon minced)
  • 1/2 a finely diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 120 grams of panko
  • 100 grams of finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt
  • 1 egg
  • Cheese slices, for serving (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • To start, mince the garlic and finely chop the onion, making sure to cut them into small pieces. Avoid having any large pieces that can affect the texture. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the onion. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes until they turn golden and translucent. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork. Keep some whole beans, as the texture should be mostly mashed with chunks and whole beans remaining. Add the sautéed onion and garlic, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, soy sauce, tomato sauce, panko breadcrumbs, chopped walnuts, kosher salt, and egg. Mix everything together until a dough forms.
  • Use a ½ cup measuring cup to portion the dough into burgers. You can make 7 decent sized burgers or 8 slightly smaller burgers. Shake the burger out of the measuring cup and place it on a parchment-lined baking tray. Gently press the patty until it is 3/4” thick. When the dough starts sticking to the cup, wash it out.
  • Place the burgers in the oven and bake for 15 minutes on one side. Then, flip them over and bake for another 15 minutes on the other side. If desired, add cheese slices and bake for an additional 3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately or wait for about 10 to 15 minutes until the burgers firm up. Place the burgers on a bun spread with avocado dip and layered with pickles, tomato sauce, red onion, and tomato.
  • If you plan to grill the burgers, first bake them for 20 minutes (10 minutes per side). Then, grill the burgers over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side.

Benefits of the Ingredients:

  • Black beans are a good source of plant-based protein, fibre, and antioxidants. They can help support digestive health, regulate blood sugar levels, and promote heart health.
  • Garlic has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It may help boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels.
  • Yellow onions are rich in antioxidants and contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects. They may help support immune function, improve heart health, and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. They also contain antioxidants and may help reduce inflammation and support brain function.
  • Eggs are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They can help support muscle growth, promote brain health, and provide essential nutrients for overall health.

Top Tips:

  • Burgers can last up to 5 days when refrigerated. They can be eaten cold, at room temperature, or reheated before consumption. To reheat, you can use a skillet, oven, or grill.
  • Not wanting to eat the burgers right away! Freeze them and enjoy for up to 3 months. Make sure to stack them with parchment paper in between each burger and store them in a sealed container/bag.