Barbecue Black Bean Burgers
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup brown rice (I use 1 Minute Rice Ready to Serve Microwavable brown rice cups), cooked according to package directions
  • ¼ cup pickled beets and 1 tablespoon of the juice (I use Trader Joe's Pickled Beets)
  • ½ cup carrot shreds
  • 1 tablespoon yellow or honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)
  • ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs (See Note)
  • 1 egg (you can substitute ¼ cup Vegan Mayonnaise)
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 whole grain hamburger buns
  • 1 small tomato, sliced
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 4 onion slices
  • Condiments like mustard, ketchup, pickles and extra barbecue sauce
Note: For the bread crumbs you can buy store bought or process one large piece of your favorite whole grain bread in a food processor blender
  1. Process black beans and garbanzo beans in a food processor or blender for about 30 seconds to form tiny pea size bits. Place in a medium sized bowl. Add in cooked brown rice.
  2. Process beets and carrots for about 20 seconds until smooth. Place over beans.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients, except buns and condiments and mix with a spoon until completely combined. The mixture needs to be wet but if it seems too wet add a tablespoon or more of bread crumbs.
  4. Form mixture into 4 patties that are about ½ inch thick.
  5. Place patties on a wax paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Cover with another piece of paper and freeze for at least one hour.
  7. Take olive oil and brush on a grill or large frying pan. Grill or fry the patties over medium high heat 2-3 minutes on each side.
  8. Place on hamburger buns and serve with vegetables and condiments.
If you do not use all 4 burgers, wrap remaining in plastic wrap and place in a freezer ziploc bag. Place in freezer until ready to use.
Recipe by The Memorable Kitchen at