Monday, July 20, 2009

Black Bean Burgers

{Meatless Monday}

These were very yummy...but you cannot approach them as a burger substitute! You have to enjoy them for what they are...because it does not taste like you are biting into a big juicy burger! But they have very delicious flavor and all my kids ate them. Two just tolerated them and the other 3 genuinely liked them.

I doubled the recipe for my family, but only did 1.5 times the spices. I also used flavored black beans (S&W Caribbean Style), but I think that made the whole mixture more runny than it should have been. I ended up adding more bread crumbs and some corn meal to have it stick together. When you add the crumbs, give it a few minutes to firm up, then if it is still too sticky, don't be afraid to just stir in more bread crumbs. You want it to be about like a meatloaf mixture. I could just barely get mine to form patties and they cooked up great. I baked them on each side for 10 minutes and then broiled them on each side for 2-3 min just to have them a little crunchy on the outside.

Here's what you need:

1 16 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled (I used minced garlic from my fridge)
1 egg
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 tsp Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375*. Lightly oil a baking sheet. If you want to actually grill these, preheat your grill for high heat and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil.

In a bowl, mash beans until thick and pasty.

In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into the beans.

In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.

Stir the egg mixture into the beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide into four patties.

If grilling, place on foil and grill about 8 min each side. If baking, place on baking sheet and bake about 10 min each side.

Try them out! You might be surprised how yummy they are!


  1. I can vouch for these!! They were actually yummy... They didn't taste like a burger but they were really yummy. The flavor was really good!

  2. So glad I made this!
    We made these tonight and every one of us loved them! The whole family-6 of us!
    The kids said they would take them in their lunch to school!
    I have a question though- I doubled it and it made A LOT. Did you already double the ingredients?
    And- did you put it on rolls, or regular sized buns?
    Also- we grilled it on foil and I think that I should follow the directions next time and oil the foil. They kind of stuck to the foil.
    I think that I will drain the beans next time before mashing.

  3. Alisa--No I did not double the ingredients in this post. I honestly can't remember how many I got out of the one batch. I know that Lon was gone on Trek, so I didn't need as many.
    I served it on homestyle hamburger buns.
    Mine turned out kind of runny because I didn't totally drain my beans either. That's when I added the extra bread crumbs and cornmeal. I think you would need to actually rinse and dry them off a little to get rid of more moisture.
    But I am so glad that your whole family liked them!