It’s *almost* that time of year to fire up the grill and throw on your favorite summer foods! Honestly, in my opinion, there is nothing better than a yummy grilled meal. Since I’ve eliminated meat from my diet, I’ve had to find replacements for burgers, hot dogs, etc. that aren’t just veggies on skewers.
I have to credit my boyfriend, Ollie, for this Easy Grillable Black Bean Burger recipe. It’s absolutely delicious and (according to him ;-) ) super easy to make! Although, now that I have learned how to properly use the grill I will be making these myself.
As always, if you make this recipe I would love to see photos and hear how it taste! Use the hashtag #recipeswithalexandra to share with me!
Easy Grillable Black Bean Burger Recipe
-1 cup cooked brown rice
-1 tbsp each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika
-1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
-2 cans black beans (well rinsed, drained and patted dry)
-1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (if gluten-free, use gluten-free bread crumbs)
-3-4 tbsp vegan BBQ sauce
-whole wheat buns
-If your brown rice isn’t cooked yet, start there! I think it’s easiest to use a rice cooker, but follow the instructions for cooking on the bag of the bag/box.
-In a large mixing bowl, add drained, dried black beans and mash well with a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
-Next add cooked rice, panko bread crumbs, 1 tbsp each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika, BBQ sauce, and mix thoroughly for 1-2 minutes, or until a moldable dough forms. If dry, add extra 1-2 tbsp BBQ sauce. If too wet, add more panko bread crumbs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
-For larger burgers, divide into 5 patties (about 1/2 cup in size). Set patties on a baking sheet or plate for grilling.
-If grilling, heat the grill to 350 degrees and brush the grill surface with olive oil to avoid burgers still on the grill while cooking. Then add burgers and close the lid for grilling!
-Otherwise if you’re cooking your burgers in the skillet, heat the skillet to medium. Once the skillet is hot, add just enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of your skillet, then add your burgers. Only cook as many burgers that will comfortably fit in the pan, usually 2-3 depending on pan size.
-Cook for 5-6 minutes or until well browned on the underside, then flip. They hold together well, but they aren't as firm as meat burgers, so be careful when you flip! Then cook 5-6 minutes on the second side. Reduce heat if cooking/browning too quickly.
-Remove burgers from heat and let cool slightly, prepare the buns by lightly grilling (this is optional).
-Add toppings of your choice. I personally like grilled pineapple and BBQ sauce!