If you’re like me, you probably only ever get your veggie burgers from the frozen section at Wegmans. Or, you might substitute out a bean burger for beef when you go to a restaurant. Either way, you might not have considered cooking up your own; recipes online look too complicated, there’s too many steps, and the process of mashing everything together seems too messy to end up with a crumbly, mushy burger. I decided to just go for it with this one. I didn’t want to spend so much money on frozen burgers that are packed with soy and fillers, and I already had all of the ingredients at home for these Black Bean Burgers with Honey.
Homemade veggie burgers can turn out mushy if not done properly. That’s why you need to drain and rinse the beans before mashing. You’ll also want to make sure to not overdo the mashing process. Leaving whole beans intact gives the burgers a heartier texture, and prevents the burgers from turning to dough. Adding rice and a bit of breadcrumbs to the mix also helps tremendously, but you can substitute in toasted walnuts or mushrooms instead of the breadcrumbs. I didn’t have walnuts on hand, and I don’t like mushrooms, so breadcrumbs did the trick nicely.
One thing I’d do differently would be to add in some other veggies to the mix. A diced and lightly browned zucchini would have been a good option, as would spinach or roasted and chopped peppers.
This recipe made a LOT more than I expected, but that meant that I had plenty left over to freeze. Less work for me in the future, I guess!
Spice Up your Black Bean Burgers with Honey
We always encourage you to play with our recipes and make them your own. These burgers are so easy to mix up and make your own! Here’s some of our suggestions:
- Add chopped spinach or sweet corn to the bean and rice mixture
- Blend in chopped roasted tomatoes and peppers
- Substitute the breadcrumbs for finely chopped and toasted walnuts or minced and browned mushrooms
- Use a different blend of seasonings-double the garlic, add in Worcestershire sauce and use chopped basil and oregano instead of cumin and paprika
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Black Bean Burgers with Honey
- 2 c brown rice cooked
- 1 can black beans drained
- 1 can chickpeas drained
- 4 tbsp. olive oil divided
- 2 clove garlic minced
- ½ onion diced
- 1 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
- 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce
- ½ c breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- condiments for serving
Cook rice according to the directions on package.
Drain and rinse the black beans and chickpeas. Add both to a large mixing bowl and mash: eave some beans whole. Avoid creating a smooth paste.
Heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil and lightly cook the garlic and onion until fragrant. Add this to the bean mixture. Add honey and BBQ sauce.
In a separate bowl, blend together the breadcrumbs, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
Combine cooled rice into the bean mixture, add in the breadcrumb mix.
Thoroughly combine the bean and breadcrumb mixtures. Take a handful of the mixture and shape into a burger. Make the burgers small for sliders or larger for a full meal.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat and brown the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side.
Serve with your favorite toppings on a bun or in a wrap.