Submitted by Kait’s Inside Dish

I absolutely love veggie burgers but never once have I attempted to make them myself. However with the lack of organic and vegan options offered at the nearby grocery store here in Orlando I soon grew frustrated of the tasteless soy burgers (the only vegan option) that stocked the store shelves, therefore I decided to try making my own version of veggie burgers using a melody of my favorite ingredients and spices.

The delicious blend of southwestern flavor paired with the the creamy pureed black beans make for an exquisitely flavorful veggie patty. Plus adding the cornmeal to the mixture also helped to give these patties a crispy texture once baked.

This healthy recipe is extremely easy to follow there’s not too much prep work involved and with a variety of alternative add ins you can really create a delicious vegetable burger catered specifically to your taste.

1 15.5 oz can of black beans rinsed, drained, and divided
3 cloves of chopped garlic
1/4 cup of corn
1/4 cup of red bell peppers chopped
1/4 cup of vidalia onions chopped
1/4 cup of medium salsa + 1 tbsp of salsa for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup of fine cornmeal
1 tsp of ground cumin
1 tsp of cilantro
1 tsp of hot sauce (optional)
1 sandwich thin toasted (I use Wholewheat but any variety is fine)
3-5 lettuce leaves for garnish


Begin by using your non stick fat free cooking spray to thoroughly grease a saute pan, add in onions and garlic and saute over medium heat, add in red peppers and corn. Continue to saute until garlic becomes fragrant and onions are translucent, remove from heat  and set aside

Meanwhile drain and thoroughly rinse the black beans and divide them in half. Set aside half the black beans in a large mixing bowl.

Add the remaining black beans to the sauteed vegetables, mix ingredients together and then pour the black beans and vegetables into a blender, pulse for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients have coarsely been pureed and you are left with a creamy consistency

Add mixture to your whole black beans, add in salsa, cornmeal, cumin, cilantro and hot sauce, thoroughly mix all ingredients together
Place mixture in refrigerator and let sit for 2-5 hours(this will help the mixture to firm, making it easier for you to prepare burger patties)Preheat oven to 350Using your hands form four patties about 4-6 inches wide

Place patties on greased baking sheet and let bake for 30 minutes ( 15 minutes on each side or until golden brown)

When you have about 5 minutes remaining place bread in the oven to toast

Once burgers are cooked let cool for 3-5 minutes.

Place black bean burger on top of toasted sandwich thin

Add lettuce and garnish with salsa for an extra kick!



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