Tuesday, May 26, 2009

SPICY Vegan Black Bean Burgers (3 WWP)

Today's lunch I made specifically for my awesome Veganish friend, Kirwin! (Her site is fabulous so be sure to check it out if you haven't!) I am pretty sure when she reads this she will run out and buy all the ingredients to make it for dinner tonight. :) I was inspired to make these after seeing the recipe in HOW IT ALL VEGAN. Here is my spin to their recipe.


These are so simple to make and so full of flavor ~ it's an awesome change from your standard veggie burger. If you wanted to "spice it up" a bit and still keep it VEGAN, add a slice of Veggie Shreds Pepper Jack Cheese ~ Yum!



1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried italian seasoning
1 small hot or jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium red pepper, diced
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Corn, thawed
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Optional toppings:

* Soy Pepperjack Cheese
* Ketchup
* Spicy Mustard
* Avocado
* Tomato Slices
* Spinach
* Buns or pitas

Or mix up some salsa with ff greek yogurt for sauce and wrap it up in a wheat tortilla with all the veggies you like.

1. On a small plate, set aside flour for coating. In a medium saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic, oregano, and hot peppers in oil on medium-high heat until the onions are translucent. Add the peppers and sauté another 2 minutes, until pepper is tender. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a potato masher or fork. Stir in the vegetables (including the corn), breadcrumbs, cumin, salt, chili powder, and parsley. Mix well. Divide and shape into 6 patties.

3. Lay down each patty in flour, coating each side. Cook on a lightly oiled frying pan on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes or until browned on both sides.

Makes 5 patties. You can eat them up or freeze them for another time. Each patty is only 3 WWP without the toppings - woohoo!

Start off by sauteing your veggies for about 4-5 minutes or until soft.


While your veggies are sauteing, use a potato smasher to mash your black beans.


Dump in the remaining ingredients.


Stir to combine and form your black bean patties.


Dip your black bean patties in a little flour on each side.


Add them to your pre-heated nonstick skillet with the 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Cook on each side about 3 minutes or until lightly browned.


Remove, add a bun or not plus your favorite toppings and enjoy!


I dressed mine up today with spicy mustard, kethcup, tomato and AVOCADO. On the side I had another TJ's Lowfat Spicy Spinach pizza for 3 WWPs.


And for crunch, some organic baby carrots. I took the easy way out today instead of peeling my own :)


Dessert was a big 1 c/1 WWP serving of cherries!


I was really wanting something sweet to drink along with this so I spiced up my Orange Fizzy water with an Honest Ade Orange Mango.


I used just a splash in my fizzy water - it was pretty tasty and a nice change, however, I think I still prefer REAL juice better when mixing up my Fizzy Splash Water.


Here is my fun lunch all together - I have to admit I feel like this is one of the most satisfying and fun lunches I have had in awhile ~ full of flavor, crunch, sweet and contentment! I am already thinking of how I'll be making this into a wrap for tomorrow lunch ~ Yum, can't wait!


Since I have already made this post HUGE, I will save my farmer's market finds and snacks today for a separate post.


  1. YUM! It was totally worth the suspense. ; )
    I have another great black bean-veggie burger recipe, so it will nice to see how they compare. The other one is delicious, but it tends to fall apart when cooking (can be a bit tricky!)

    Thanks for the link love!

  2. sounds delicious!!!
    love spicy veggie burgers.

  3. ah i love the *honest tea* products.. i have been gulping 'em down left and right - so refreshing and tasty :)

  4. That is a great looking lunch! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I can't wait to try those burgers! I've had some bad luck with black bean ones before, so I'm excited to check your recipe out...

    BTW, isn't Trader Joe's the greatest?!

    PS Yay for Kirwin - I love her site, too!

  6. Great recipe! I love how easy and healthy it is, and they look delicious! I'm bookmarking this to make for lunch or dinner sometime :D

    Oh, and that spinach pizza looks awesome!

  7. These look wonderful! I might adapt the recipe so that I can use up some refried black beans I have...

  8. Those burgers = YUM!! I may have to actually cook one of these days and try them out ;)

  9. Kirwin ~ Awww, I was hoping you hadn't tried a Black Bean Burger yet LOL! I look forward to hearing whatcha think! The bread crumbs and flour really help them hold their shape, but, you do have to be careful with the flipping.

    Peacelovepb ~ Me too - I LOVE all things spicy.

    Jenny ~ I think it was YOU who made me want to try them :)

    Marisa ~ It's so tasty and easy to make - definitely something to try.

    jd ~ I'd LOVE to know what you think. I think that these had so much flavor and I LOVED the smokiness of the fire roasted corn. Oh ya and AVOCADO! I LOVE TJ's an would be totally lost without them.

    Anne ~ do tell if you try them out!

    Chickpea ~ that's a great idea - the smashing is done for you already.

    K ~ this would be a great starter cooking recipe to try out :)

  10. Instead of frying the burgers, I bake them. They come out dryer (than when frying) and with a nice crust to it. Plus, they stay together perfectly.

    And that spinach pizza looks wonderful. Put the picture took me to photobucket. Do you have a recipe for that? It looked like it had not cheese which is ideal. Thanks


  11. Hi Patrina,

    Thanks for the tip, I will have to try baking them next time :)

    I WISH I knew how to make that Spicy Low-Fat Spinach Pizza. I actually picked them up at Trader Joe's in the fridge section.

    Thanks for asking and have a great day!