Saturday, May 26, 2012

Easy Black Bean Burgers

     So, when it comes to late summer/fall meal planning, it's no wonder we turn to minimal time meals. We're transitioning into new schedules and responsibilities and sometimes cooking takes a back seat. Well, time to jump into the front seat!

     These black bean burgers are a fantastic meal solution. Other homemade bean burgers have an annoying long list of ingredients. Or once I made them, they might as well be called bean crumbles because the whole thing falls apart at the first bite...super annoying. When you can't find what works for you and your family, create something that does. Although, I'm convinced these burgers will get pretty darn close. 

Easy Black Bean Burgers

Makes 6-8 burgers
Note: The bean mixture (before adding the bread crumbs) can be made up to 2 days in advance if needed. 

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or about 3 - 3 1/2 cups cooked beans if cooking from dry)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons water
1 jalapeno
3 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons tomato sauce
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/3 cup frozen corn, defrosted
salt, to taste (will need more or less depending on canned vs. cooked from scratch beans)
8 whole wheat buns
spinach and avocado for topping

1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for a few minutes.
2. Seed and roughly chop jalapeno. Add it with the garlic cloves to a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely. (Alternatively, you could chop them yourselves very finely but it’s just easier at this point to throw them in a food processor.)
3. Add one can of beans (or half cooked beans) to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin, cilantro, and salt. Pulse again until mixture resembles thick and chunky black bean dip.
4. Transfer the mixture in the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax and corn. Stir well until everything is combined. Add remaining black beans.
5. Heat a little (couple teaspoons) of olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.
6. Serve burgers with avocado slices, spinach leaves, and ketchup.

No time to stage this photo; it was time to eat!


  1. This is for sure the next recipe I'm trying! Good things some silly sister gave me flax seed for my birthday!

  2. I just made this and it's delicious! I was surprised that it kept shape and browned. Really great flavor!

    1. Glad that you enjoyed them! Definitely a dinner winner.