Black bean burgers are a vegan gluten-free recipe alternative so delicious, you’ll never even miss the meat!
So, you may be wondering what in the world a gal who raises grass fed beef as part of her livelihood is doing making vegan recipes.
To be honest, it does feel a little weird. But the fact is, beef isn’t free, even for me. And these burgers are the kind of thing that make me think I could *totally* go vegan. I mean, with bean burgers this good, you wouldn’t even miss the meat.
Black beans are both nutritious, and super cheap – especially if you use dried beans instead if canned – and I’m a big fan eating more beans as a source of protein. In this recipe, they’re paired with rice, making these patties a source of complete protein, and adding a great texture.
I served these the other night with a vinegar coleslaw and fell in love with eating them together. Something about the sweet, tangy mix with the bean patty… Mmmm. Oh, and I eat my burgers bunless, with a fork – thus the picture of a naked burger up top there.
Gabriel eats his more like a traditional burger, with ketchup and pickles. Which brings up another point. Gabriel is a big meat eater – he doesn’t usually like sitting down to a meal that doesn’t include either meat or eggs, but with these burgers, he’s okay with going vegetarian for dinner. that really says something about how tasty these things are!
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
- 2 cups of cooked black beans (or one 15 oz can)
- 1/3 cup brown rice
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, diced
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 tsp chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- salt to taste
- olive oil
- Cook rice in 2/3 cup of water until just done. You do not want the rice over done and mushy.
- Drain and rinse beans. Let sit in colander until fairly dry.
- Sauté onion and garlic in alive oil until onion is translucent.
- Mix the beans, rice, onion/garlic mixture, and spices together with a potato masher until beans are mostly smashed, but there’s still some texture.
- Dust your hands with cornstarch and form mixture into approximately 8 balls. Shape into patties. you may have to re-dust your hands between patties. At this point, you can freeze them in a single layer. These are a great freezer food!
- Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Dust black bean patties with a little more cornstarch and sautee on each side until nicely browned.
- Serve while hot.
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