Updated: Nov 16, 2020
If your looking for a plant based but satisfying alternative to burgers, try this!
Note: I probably never will be able to give you traditional style recipes with exact measurements, just because of the way I cook, I wont let that stop me from sharing with you. In my style of cooking, aside from baking, I dont do too much planning, pick my ingredients and start cooking. That said I don’t measure these will be rough measurements
Presoak the beans over night.
I had about 2 cup beans pre soaked in recycled peanut butter jar I love these, I can’t believe how many of these I threw in the recycle instead of keeping for my self. Anyway, so presoak some black beans. I prefer to buy dried beans because they are cheaper, I know it just bean no added salt, aluminum and whatever else from the can and if I want to can them, I can do it myself. If you prefer canned rinse them and skip to the baking process.
Prepare the beans.
So with beans you will need to de-gas them or your body will do it for you. It doesn’t take much more than boiling and rinsing them a few times. You will know when they are good when the dirty looking film isn’t rising up on the top. That is what you want to rinse off. I speed this process up (and any process that calls for boiling) by using my electric tea kettle that only take about 2 minutes to boil. Once the beans boils and you see that film, drain and rinse them. Repeat as much as you need to, to reduce the gas in the beans. Next spread the beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. And bake them for about 15-20 minutes.
Prepare the veggies.
In between rinsing while the beans are boiling. Chop some mushrooms, onions, bell peppers. Shred some carrots if you have it and any left over veggies will work. I used about 6 mushrooms, about a half each other veggie. You have left over rice or quinoa (or want to prepare a small about about 1/3 cup or less will do ) you can add that as well. Sauté the veggies in grape-seed oil and seasonings and set aside. This will be for the burger mix, you will need some thinly sliced onions, mushrooms, spinach and tomato to go on top.
Mix it up
Mix the baked beans with the sautéed veggies and put them in the food processor. Process in batches, don’t over process leave some chucks for more texture. Mix in some seasonings as you would homemade burgers. I do use worchestorchire sauce. as I would, however this makes it non vegan.
Prepare the black bean burger
I only used half of the mixture to get 4 burgers, I forgot the quinoa which could have made it six! The next day I used the rest to make Black Bean Salisbury Steak (recipe coming soon), and added cooked quinoa to this. I use the prepared egg replacement and about 2-3 Table spoon of arrow root powder.
Warm a pan with about 2 Tablespoons of grapeseed oil, medium high will do. I like to use a ice cream scoop (2 scoops if its small) to load up the pan with 2 inch patties. Flatten it let it get nice crispy on both sides. Repeat until you arw done making burgers. As for me I’m usually cooking more veggies for toppings. A sautéed mixture of thinly slice onions, mushrooms and spinach always goes on my burger rather they are vegan or not. I usually cook home fries on the side as well. As the patties are finishing move them to a pan add cheese or vegan “cheese” to allow it to melt, of course this is optional.
Tip: I use cookie sheets when cooking batches of food and keep them in a warm oven.
Now it your choice! Bun, sandwhich bread, lettuce for a bun, what ever you prefer, I like to switch it up. For bun I melt butter and garlic, spread it on the bun and toast for a few minutes on broil in the over (don’t burn it). I used lettuce on this particular night, romaine to be exact. However iceberg or butter lettuce would be more ideal because of its flexibility to wrap around the burger. Anyway put the burger on your burger patty holder and add the sautéed vegetables, this is not optional lol, jk. Seriously, the sautéed onion, mushroom and spinach makes the burger. Top with tomatoes and what ever else you like.
Tip: If for some reason you burger didfnt come out right they started crumbling, just crumble the rest and add taco or Italian seasonings. Next time add more liquids to make it sticky.
I should have a video coming up, check back soon.