Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sweet and Spicy

My body has been craving vegetarian meals lately and silly me, I have neglected that voice in my belly... until tonight. A black bean burger was on my mind since last night. Tonight, I romanced my taste buds with one of the best black bean burgers I have ever tasted.

Photo courtesy of the Eat, Live, Run who created this boyfriend-approved spicy black bean burger. 

Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Recipe courtesy of Eat, Live, Run

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 T ground flax + 3 T water or 1 egg
1 jalapeno
2 cloves garlic
2 T tomato sauce
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
avocado for topping
olive oil (or canola oil) for frying burgers
Seed and roughly chop jalapeno. Add it and the garlic cloves to a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely.
Add one can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.
In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for five minutes. (this is an egg substitute)
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.
Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.

I served my burger on a TJ multi grain sandwich slim with a healthy (humungo) side of ketchup. 

Along with a side of strawberry, almond and sunflower seed salad. Perfection. Sweet perfection to balance out my spicy burger.
It is so rare to go out to a restaurant and find a veggie burger that tastes half as good as this recipe. Seriously. Make this for any one of your friends or family who is a die hard meat lover. They will fall in love. 

PS. Thank you Alyssa for making this for your meat and potato boyfriend so I could copy cat this recipe! I am hooked!


  1. Tis the season for (veggie) burgers! This one looks great!

  2. Arent they so good?? I ate them everyday since I made 6 at the beginning!!

  3. Wow love the veggie burger, I've never made one myself. I get so lazy! lol

  4. this looks DEEEEEEELICIOUS!!

    and it doesnt involve lighting a grill, aka lighting myself on fire or blowing up the neighborhood!



  5. Spicy is my favorite word! I am so game for these!!!!

  6. I love black bean burgers and sometimes think veggie burgers are more flavorful and satisfying than a real one!

    Strawberries are one of my favorite salad add-ons. Yum!

  7. What I love most about veggie burgers is that there's so much nutritious deliciousness packed into every bite! Girl, I'm swooning. And strawberry + nut salads are the best! I like to add a dollop of goat cheese too. :-)

  8. Whoo hoo for this recipe---its so good and so easy! We loved it as well! xoxo Happy Friday!

  9. Those look so delicious and easy! I've always been a bit intimidated by the thought of making burgers.

  10. I love black bean burgers! Yours looks fantastic! And if it's bf approved, well, that says it all!

  11. Why have I still not made my own veggie burgers??? Oh wait - yeah... I'm lazy. Still, they look pretty good to me!

  12. love when sweet meets spicy! especially when it also involves beans and corn (my fav) NOM NOM <3 looks incredible!

  13. Just came across your blog and wanted to say hi! Your recipes are great and I can't wait to read more about you. :)

  14. Your veggie burger looks great! I have eaten vegetarian for 2 days...not on purpose but that's just what my body wanted! I may give your burgers a try next week!

  15. Mmm! I made these a few weeks ago - so delicious!!