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Black Bean Burgers…No Wait, Don’t Leave Before You Try One

Do you eat veggie burgers? Does the mere thought of replacing a meat patty with a substitute of unspecified origin make you suspicious of all that you have come to believe in the burger world? Well, I can help you get right over yourself. Yes I can! I have a tasty and healthy alternative to the cholesterol and saturated fat laden meat burgers you have eaten all of your artery-clogged life. And I think you’ll like it. I know I┬ádo.

What’s so special about these burgers?

I happen to be a big fan of tahini. It’s a good source of healthy fat and it tastes good too. In case you are unfamiliar with tahini, it’s made from sesame seeds. It’s essentially sesame seed butter. It has a distinctive flavor that I really enjoy. It’s the underlying flavor in plain hummus. Tahini is in this recipe. It’s not so prevalent so that it takes over the flavor profile. It’s a subtle addition that is just right.

Here’s the part I like the most

These burgers are full of fiber and protein from black beans; fat and protein from tahini and walnuts. They also contain quinoa. Quinoa is a good source of a number of important nutrients, including folate, magnesium, zinc, and iron. It also has protein, fat, fiber, lots of antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s a power food.

I eat these nuggets of deliciousness over greens with a little homemade vinaigrette made from whatever the spirit moves me to make. I have a lot of flavored olive oils and vinegars to choose from so I just go crazy with whatever I feel like using.

Even if you are a staunch carnivore, give your system the occasional vacation from digesting animal meat and go meatless for a day. This is a good meal for that day.


Black Bean Veggie Burger

This is a delicious and healthy alternative to the relatively unhealthy burgers we grew up on. These beauties are vegan, gluten free and oil free. Don't turn your nose up until you've given it a try.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 6


  • 1 food processor


  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup oat flour or another non-wheat flour
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp tamari or liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Put all ingredients in food processor and process until just combined with still some texture
  • Divide mixture into six patties
  • Place patties on baking sheet baking 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through
  • Serve with sliced avocado, sprouted greens or anything else you desire
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  1. Elisa Heisman on January 7, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love tahini! I haven’t had it in so long. I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    • Karen on January 7, 2022 at 9:16 pm

      I think you’ll like them Elisa. Let me know what you think.

  2. Kebba Buckley Button on January 7, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    5 stars
    Karen, these look great! I used to have a black bean recipe I liked, but it took a lot of steps. At that time, there was a frozen product called Veggie Burgers, which was really fast, so I gave up trying to make BB burgers. Maybe I’ll try again, with your recipe! I’m big on quick-to-fix Slow Food. Thank for the ideas!

    • Karen on January 7, 2022 at 9:15 pm

      Kebba…I’m all about simplicity and these fit the bill. I really like them. I hope you give them a try.

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