These black bean burgers have a complex, satisfying flavor and robustly meaty texture that even devout carnivores will love (seriously, try them with bacon on top). The mixture comes together in just 25 minutes and can be used to make patties for cooking either on the backyard grill or indoors in a skillet. Unlike regular burgers, which do best when cooked over extremely high heat, these black bean burgers require a moderate heat so that they can cook through and firm up before the exterior burns.
“You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again. These are so easy, and you’ll be proud to have created such a vegetarian delight.”
You might be searching for a vegan burger recipe to take a break from the heaviness associated with eating too much animal protein. So why do most black bean burger recipes still seem heavy? Most of the recipes you will find are a bland mix of beans, grains, and some spices. Our version provides you with an alternative loaded with nutrition and fresh with flavor.
So here’s a question for you: Why does a black bean burger behave so differently from a ground meat burger when you apply heat to it? Cook a hamburger and it changes from being mushy and soft to having a wide variety of textures, with an interior that clings together in springy, juicy clumps, interspersed with pockets of rendered fat and juicy meat. Cook a black bean burger and you may develop a crust on the exterior through dehydration, but the interior remains largely the same: soft, mushy, and uniform.
This recipe isn’t just your basic veggie burger and uses easy-to-digest fresh ingredients and a powerful combination of plant-based protein and fiber. So let’s get started!
- 2 cans Black Beans
- 1 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup Grated White Onion
- 1 whole Egg
- 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- Salt And Pepper
- Hot Sauce
- 8 slices Swiss Cheese
- Olive Oil, For Frying
- Butter, For Frying And Grilling
- 4 whole Kaiser Rolls Or Good Hamburger Buns
- Lettuce Or Other Greens
- Sliced Tomato
Drain, but do not rinse, the black beans. Place them in a bowl and use a fork to mash them. Keep mashing until they’re mostly broken up, but still have some whole beans visible.
Add the breadcrumbs, onion, egg, chili powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Stir until everything is combined, then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil with an equal amount of butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Form the bean mixture into patties slightly larger than the buns you’re using (the patties will not shrink when they cook.)
Place the patties in the skillet and cook them about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip them to the other side, place 2 slices of cheese onto each patty, and continue cooking them for another 5 minutes, or until the burgers are heated through. (Place a lid on the skillet to help the cheese melt if needed.)
Grill the buns on a griddle with a little butter until golden. Spread the buns with mayonnaise and hot sauce, then place the patties on the buns. Top with lettuce and tomato, then pop on the lids!
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