Monday, July 8, 2013

Pour Some Vegan on Me: Melissa's Black Bean Burgers

This recipe is my friend, Melissa's. This is the best Black Bean Burger recipe I've ever worked with, and/or have eaten - PLUS it's the cheapest. Coming in around $4 for 4 - 6 patties, depending on the size of your patty. This recipe is delicious, healthy, VEGAN, and thrifty!

This is the brand of pre-made black beans I buy.
Please note the VEGETARIAN labeling

1 can of VEGAN Black Beans (Note: most black beans ARE NOT *vegan. Sad but true.) - or 1 1/2 Cups Black Beans. and - You can buy bulk beans for cheap at places like Whole Foods and hydrate as you need them. It's easy. All you do is measure out the beans you need, rinse them off, pick out the cracked and bad beans, soak over night, the next day, rise them, put them in a cooking pot - cover with water and boil until tender. (Optional - write a run on sentence on your blog on how to rehydrate them.)
soaking beans

1 Cup bread crumbs. Melissa used panko, I have used regular bread crumbs, and ground up crackers.  (If you're gluten free, buy gluten free bread, or crackers and make your own crumbs. Food Processor, Food Processor - pulse! pulse! pulse!)

once upon a time, I didn't own a food processor
I have no idea how I made food back then...
You will put your beans, bread crumbs and tomatoes in said food processor, with the "S" blade" and blend.

I can find Muir Glen at Target, not sure if that's an L.A. thing
or Target thing. But look around for organic, and even better,
look for organic in a glass jar. That is EVEN BETTER for you. Well,
unless you just dice some fresh ones... 

1/2 can of organic Diced Tomatoes with chilies - drained. (OK, they don't need to be organic, but honestly, they should be... just sayin'...)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Topping: (are optional, but delicious)

You will need a food processor or blender.

Are you read for this?

Drain beans, and rinse, put into your food processor.
Add 1 cup Bread Crumbs
Add 1/2 can drained diced Tomatoes with chilies

Blend until it starts to ball up. If the mixture is too wet, it will fall apart, so add more bread crumbs until you're able to mold a patty in your hands. (It should be around the 1 cup specified, give or take a tbsp or 2)

Heat about 2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add patty, brown on one side, flip - brown on the other side. Place on a bun, or on your plate. Top with Veganaise (vegan mayonnaise) and sliced Avocado.

Outside of just how inexpensive this recipe is, it's also extremely versatile. You can buy fire roasted tomatoes and add some cumin (1/2 tspn), garlic powder (1 tspn), and a little basil (1 tspn) with salt and pepper to taste, and you'll have a whole new patty. You could buy the oregano, onion, garlic diced tomatoes, or even one with chipotle peppers, which I have and is equally amazing.

Remember 1 can of tomatoes is 2 batches of burgers, which is enough to feed, and your friends! **My biggest note would be, that this recipe IS NOT grill friendly. You will need a pan.


*Unless something is marked "Vegan" or "Vegetarian" grow to assume the product is not vegan. OR you can download the free app, "Fooducate". It allows you to scan barcodes of pre-made (a nice way to say processed) foods, gives you a grade, and tells you if it's vegan friendly or not.

**This patty is too light for a grill, and will slip between the grill bars. That said, you can always put a small frying pan on the grill, thus allowing you to enjoy them at your next summer BBQ.


  1. I'm a huge bean burger fan, and I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!!!!!!

    1. Let me know what you think of them when you do!