Veggie burgers are the rage! People are making these delicious bites from anything and everything. My take on these healthy gems? Black Beans!!
Latin style black bean burgers with spicy pico de gallo, to be more precise. Being Latin American, I grew up eating black beans. I will be honest with you and tell you that I did not appreciate them that much growing up. As an adult, I have grown to love them. By the way, I recently created a recipe for chickpea burgers on this blog, so you might want to check that one out too.
Black beans are full of protein.
They belong to a family of nutrients referred to as pulses. In this family of nutrients one can also find lentils, fava beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans. Black beans are a staple in the cuisines of Latin America and the Caribbean. They are also referred to as turtle beans, I am not sure why. Black beans go back about 6,000. Yes, they’ve been around a long time!
Here are the visual steps to make black bean burgers and pico de gallo:
- Gather all the ingredients for the burgers and have them measured, chopped and ready to go: black beans, onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, cumin, chili powder, allspice, egg or aquafaba, chickpea flour and some oil for frying later.
- Place all the black bean burger ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine.
- You should have a chunky texture and not totally smooth as shown. You may have to scrape down the side of the food processor during the pulsing to combine.
- Form the black beans into patty sized rounds and place on a plate and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes to allow them to firm up. (Resting time.)
- While the burgers are resting gather all the ingredients for the pico de gallo: tomato, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, red wine vinegar, chili powder, lime juice and a dash of sugar.
- Place all the ingredients in a serving bowl for the pico de gallo.
- Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Take the burgers from the refrigerator and heat the olive oil on medium heat. Fry the burgers until nicely brown and crispy on each side. Serve on a bun or greens and top with the pico de gallo. Enjoy!
Black bean burgers with spicy pico de gallo are definitely a healthier alternative to a quarter-pounder. No fat, no cholesterol, 100% natural. You can serve it with a little pico de gallo (yes, I included the recipe). Yup, skip the ketchup for this one. You might even want to skip the bun and serve it over greens for a truly healthy alternative.
Btw… did I mention that this is a gluten free recipe? Yes! I decided to skip the breadcrumbs as a binder and use chickpea flour. Really, you can’t tell the difference. These are also incredibly simple to make: put all the ingredients in the food processor, and voila!
Black Bean Burgers
A fabulous spicy vegetarian recipe. You can adjust the size and turn it into a mouthwatering appetizer. Serve with pico de gallo. You can omit the egg and use aquafaba for a vegan option.
- 2 cans black beans , drained and rinsed
- 1 onion medium, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped
- 1 jalapeno small, cored, seeded, and diced
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1 egg beaten, or 1/3 cup aquafaba
- 1/2 cup chickpea flour
- 3 Tbsp olive oil for pan frying
- To make the "burgers": In a food processor, place beans, onion, garlic, cilantro and jalapeno. Pulse a few times until you have a thick dough-like texture. Add in the cumin, chili powder, allspice, egg,(aquafaba) and chickpea flour and pulse again until well mixed, but you want to have a chunky texture, not a puree. Place mixture in a bowl and chill for about 20 minutes.
Shape into 4 patties. Place the patties on a place and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes to allow them to firm up. ( Resting time.)
While the patties are resting make the pico de gallo. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Once the patties are firm and ready remove them from the refrigerator. Heat olive oil ( enough to cover the bottom of the pan) in a non-stick skillet and quickly pan fry for about 5 minutes on each side.
Serve on a bun or greens and top with pico de gallo.