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 do.
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
- 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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Oh my goodness, I love tahini! I haven’t had it in so long. I’m definitely going to give this a try.
I think you’ll like them Elisa. Let me know what you think.
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!
Kebba…I’m all about simplicity and these fit the bill. I really like them. I hope you give them a try.