Vegetable Black Bean Burgers

It’s funny how my idea of a good weekend has changed so drastically in the last 5 years. At this point in 2005, I was counting down the days to my 21st birthday, and a good Saturday meant going to the beach for the day and out to a party at night, possibly with some studying sneaking into the picture at some point. I still like going to the beach and to parties (but not the themed, fraternity variety), but this Saturday was a good one: I mopped the kitchen floor, planned our meals for next week, and went for a nice, relaxing 5 mile run with Mike. And then I made these burgers.

For some reason, burgers just seem like a weekend food to me. These are really easy to throw together in the food processor, so they’re great for the end of a long, productive Saturday. Topped with either guacamole or hummus, a bun is optional (I liked the shredded spinach with mine). I think the best part of these is all the vegetables hidden inside: broccoli, spinach, carrot, and onion…and I’m sure some day I’ll try variations with kale or other greens.


makes 8 burgers

1 1/2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
1 small onion, diced
2 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
2/3 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Line 2 baking sheets with Silpats or parchment.

Combine all ingredients except flour in a food processor, and pulse until dough forms. Stir in the flour, then shape into 8 flat, round patties.

Bake for about 20 minutes, then serve with guacamole or hummus


8 Responses to “Vegetable Black Bean Burgers”

  1. 1 Josie May 3, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I’ve been looking for a black bean burger recipe for Caroline – this is perfect, thank you!!

  2. 2 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) May 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

    What a great looking veggie burger! So you don’t have any trouble keeping them together? I love that you snuck the sunflower and flax seeds in. Thanks for sharing, I am going to try to make these.

  3. 3 Nicole, RD May 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Those look wonderful, Cate! Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. 4 tasha - the clean eating mama May 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Home made veggie burger are the best – I cannot see myself every having to buy frozen ones again =)

  5. 5 aly May 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I made these tonight, and they were delish!! Just curious what kind of alterations you think would work? Zucchini, edemame? There were great as is, but I figured it would be fun to try all different veggies.

  6. 7 Nienke at Revel May 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Yum! For some reason I am not into meat lately, but these look great as a hamburger substitute! That way I don’t have to miss out on all the summery-bbq-fun laying ahead 🙂

  7. 8 Lizzy July 27, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love this post! Yes, how things have changed in five years. Your Saturday sounds like my Saturdays and I love it! (And yes, I just recently discovered your blog so I’m going back through lots of your posts) Can’t wait to try this burger!

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