The Perfect Vegan Black Bean Burger!
HOORAY, HOORAY IT'S BURGER DAY!
My boyfriend's sister sent us some incredible homemade pickles last week that are absolutely fabulous so I wanted to make a burger for my man (and myself) to really showcase the pickles!
Bean burgers were one of the first vegan recipes I like to think I mastered. Over the years, I've experimented with everything from chickpeas to kidney bean burgers, but in my opinion, there is nothing more classic than the black bean. This recipe is extremely affordable and easy so it's the perfect thing for a mid-work-week dinner!
Yields 3 servings
1 can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 small shallot, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped
1/3 cup Cashew Meal (Trader Joe's now sells "Just Cashew Meal" but if you can't find it, throw some raw nuts into a food processor or sub flour)
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
Spices to taste - I highly recommend a Cajun or Creole seasoning, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, etc.
1 package burger buns of choice
3 slices Vegan cheese (optional)
1. Empty your drained and rinsed beans into a mixing bowl. Begin my mashing the beans with a fork. You want them to be about 60-65% mashed. Do not worry about excess liquid.
2. Chop your shallot and jalapeño and add them in.
3. Next add your Cashew Meal and Nutritional Yeast. You'll want to mix everything together, adding spices as you go until the mixture has a cookie-dough quality.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scoop patties out with a measuring cup. You can flatten them once they are on the paper.
5. Pre-heat the oven to 375
6. Dust the tops of the burgers with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes. If you're adding vegan cheese, take the burgers out when they have 5 minutes left and top with cheese. Place the cheeseburgers in the oven for the remaining 5 minutes.
Doctoring Your Burger...
Vegan burgers are all about the fixin's. That is, we all know that black beans are never going to taste like ground beef. I am ABSOLUTELY fine with that; but I know my meat-eating friends tend to crave a little more flavor and adding the essentials helps to turn these burgers into a meal!
Onion, avocado, tomato, lettuce, vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, Goddess dressing, and OF COURSE, pickles are just some suggestions.
I served these burgers with a massaged raw kale salad. Simply wash and chop your kale, add in a teaspoon of olive oil and fresh lemon juice and actually massage the kale. Fresh carrots, avocado, salt, and pepper round out the salad. You can quickly assemble the salad while your burgers are baking!
Try out this recipe and let me know how it goes in the comment section below!!!