Black bean burgers + a formula for veggie burgers!

Mmmm. I love me some veggie burgers. There’s so many varieties and flavors, and much more room for creativity than with a typical meat based burger.

I really enjoyed my past experiments with veggie burgers (check out my beet burgers and southwest themed burgers), so I’ve been itching to play more with this area of cooking.

I’m not sure if you know this, but I love cooking formulas. They’re just a fun way to have a little creative room but enough restrictions that things don’t turn out horribly! My truffle formula is quite an easy way to play with healthy dessert options. No matter what you put in there, you really can’t go wrong!

My veggie burger formula I didn’t make up from scratch, however. I found it on another wonderful website and just altered it slightly. I used it to make a basic black bean burger that was interesting in flavor but still able to be used with a variety of condiments. I think it turned out quite yummy but you’ll have to try it for yourselves & see what you think. =)

Also, let me know if you create any awesome burgers based on this formula! There’s so much room for creativity here, I’m excited to see what others will think of!

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Black bean burger
1 15 oz can black beans
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup corn
3 tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1  1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup quinoa, cooked

  1. Heat garlic in olive oil just until fragrant (30 seconds or so). Add veggies and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
  2. Transfer to a food processor. Add all remaining ingredients and pulse just until chunky but combined.
  3. Form into patties and fry until golden brown on both sides.

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Veggie burger formula (adapted from No Meat Athlete)
1 15 oz can beans (black bean, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups diced veggies (carrots, mushrooms, spinach, corn, zucchini, squash, sweet potato, etc.)
3 tablespoons liquid flavor (mix any of these: ketchup, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, salsa, tomato paste, miso, etc.)
4 teaspoons spice (mix any of these: paprika, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, montreal steak seasoning, black pepper, cayenne pepper, curry powder, etc.)
1 cup dry base ingredient (bread crumbs, cornmeal, oatmeal, barley, buckwheat, etc.)
3/4 cup texture ingredient (nuts, seeds, olives, sundried tomatoes, rice, quinoa, lentils, etc.)

  1. Heat garlic in olive oil just until fragrant (30 seconds or so). Add veggies and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
  2. Transfer to a food processor. Add all remaining ingredients and pulse just until chunky but combined.
  3. Form into patties and fry until golden brown on both sides.
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