The Best Black Bean Burgers - Tasty & Easy to Make




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I am not a master chef by any means. When I put together my very own recipe and it actually tastes good, I am the first to stand aside and say 'Wow.. that actually worked.' I don't have educated tastes buds that know what spice will work well with what food, but I do enjoy having fun in the kitchen.




Some, actually... A LOT, of recipes I put together fail, but when one does come together.. well, stand aside because you may see me do a little happy dance right there in my kitchen.



The Reason Behind The Burger


Black bean burgers seem to be the go to substitute in restaurants and such for non-meat eaters. It's great to see them becoming so popular, but what I have found is that the taste of these burgers always seems to be lacking in some way or another.

Most black bean burgers tend to have a Chipotle or Mexican spice flavoring to them that can tend to be a bit too spicy for me, so I wanted to try making a black bean burger that could stand on its own without having the Mexican spices added to it.

The Making of the Burger


After doing a little research on different recipes and flavors of other black bean burgers, I put together my own list of ingredients and began the construction of what would become the most amazing tasting Black Bean Burger I have ever tasted.... well, in my humble opinion at least.



I knew I wanted to make this a gluten-free and dairy-free so I decided to substitute rice for the flour and or breadcrumbs and a flax meal & water substitute for the egg.

Keeping with the desire to make the burger simple, yet delicious, in taste, I decided to add just a little bit of organic Worcestershire sauce and some organic no-salt seasoning as the only flavoring. I was hoping the simplicity of the ingredients would just bring out the flavor of the burger, which I think it did. No overpowering spices, just a great tasting burger.

Lentils were also added to give them a slightly different texture than just a bean base. This really helped bind the burger together also. When cooking up the lentils for this recipe, I did decide to cook them in a light organic beef broth to give them a kind of 'meaty' taste. This helped, I think, give the burger just enough added flavor that hid any 'beany' flavoring that may have come out.

What Would I Do Differently


I was very happy with how this burger turned out. I do want to try next time though, to make the burgers with a nice organic brown rice and try cooking the lentils just in water to see if the beef broth is actually needed.


I'd also like to play around a little with the seasonings. Maybe add a little liquid smoke or a more hearty seasoning mixture like mesquite or something to kick it up a notch.


The Best Black Bean Burgers - Tasty & Easy to Make


Ingredients

*Flax egg substitute - in a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal with 3 Tbsp water, mixing together until combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes or so let it gel together. 

Directions

Drain and slightly rinse black beans. Place in a bowl and using a fork, mash beans until mostly broken up. Leaving some whole beans. Add in lentils and remaining ingredients. Mix all together until well combined. Let sit for a few minutes or make ahead and place in refrigerator until ready to cook.

Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Make the bean mixture into desired patty sizes and than place in skillet. Cook them for about 5 minutes or so on each side.

Serve either on lettuce wraps or your favorite buns.

Toppings and or Condiments


For these burgers I made up a nice garlic aioli sauce with worked perfectly with this, but you can use just about any condiment of your choosing.

Garlic Aioli

  • 1/2 cup Just Mayo

  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

  • salt to taste

Mix together and let sit for a few minutes. The longer it sits, the more amazing the taste!


What About You


Do you have a favorite black bean burger recipe? Leave me a comment and let me know or let me know what your favorite non-meat burger is!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Eating

The Best Black Bean Burgers - Tasty & Easy to Make


Comments

  1. These would be so good topped with my favorite chipotle lime mayo from Primal Kitchen! Plus they're a good meat alternative. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  2. those sound delicious! thanks for the recipe!

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  3. love a great black bean burger! I don't think the beef broth is necessary

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  4. I like your idea of substituting rice for flour! What a great idea. These are like a rice and beans patty. They sound delicious!

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  5. Yum! I love burgers, and black beans so this is a great alternative to beef!

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  6. Intriguing! They look good! Great ideas for substituting flax for eggs!

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  7. I love black bean burgers! Veggie burgers too. I think I'm going to have burgers for lunch or dinner next week.

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  8. I love a good bean burger! I like how you made these with rice and lentils. So much protein and fiber! I usually make mine with oats, bell pepper, onion, and an egg.

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  9. That sounds awesome too Christina. So many great ways to make them.

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  10. Me too. So many different options and all so good.

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  11. Thanks Kim. I've made it both ways and the one with the egg held together a little bit better but not a huge enough difference that I would use them again. Using the Flax meal provides more nutrients. :-)

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  12. Me too!! I actually like these over beef burgers...lol

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  13. Thanks Kayla. I try to avoid flour whenever I can and this worked out perfectly.

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  14. I'm thinking that too. Looking forward to trying it without next time.

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  15. Sure thing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Oh that sounds good!!! Great idea!!

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  17. I can't wait to make these! I tried making a black bean burger once but it was too mushy. I've been wanting to try another recipe since!

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  18. I've been meaning to try rice in my burgers for ages but never got around to it. I have all the ingredients for these though so it's happening :D

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  19. Chrissy.
    So sorry. Just now seeing this. Did you make them? How did they turn out?

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  20. Hi Giselle
    So sorry. I'm just now seeing your comment. Thanks for stopping by.
    Did you get a chance to try the recipe out?

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