Black bean burgers are a vegan classic, but in my experience they often dissapoint. I often find them to be too tasteless and soggy and lacking all the appeal of a traditional beef burger. But we have re-engineered the black bean burger to create something truly delicious, with the crispy, firm bite that is too often lacking on the vegan burger scene. This recipe makes 6 burgers and tastes great with a side of fries.
- 2 14 oz. cans of black beans
- 1 small onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (preferably homemade)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce, or to taste
- Juice from half a lemon
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup wheat gluten
- Vegetable oil
- Vegan mayonnaise
- 6 Burger buns
- Sliced tomatoes
- Vegan cheese (optional)
- First, rinse and drain the black beans. Then wrap the beans in paper to dry them. We do this to ensure a firm, crispy burger texture and to avoid soggy patties that won’t stick together when we fry them.
- While the beans are drying, finely dice the onion.
- In a large bowl, add the beans and olive oil and stir to combine. Then mash the beans until there are nearly no whole beans left. Next, add the diced onion, soy sauce, bread crumbs, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the bowl and mix well. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Once combined, add the wheat gluten and knead the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture becomes homogenous and hold its shape.
- Now form 6 patties from the bean mixture with your hands. Rub each patty with a teaspoon of vegetable oil and salt and pepper.
- To cook the patties, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a cast iron pan over medium heat. Working in batches, fry two patties at a time, aiming for 4 minutes on each side. What we want is to create a nice crispy crust on both sides.
- Once the patties are finished cooking, slice open the burger buns (we used English muffins), and spread both sides with a thin layer of vegan mayonnaise. Then lay them face down in the cast iron pan and toast until browned and crispy.
- Now you’re ready to assemble the burgers. Place a patty in each burger bun and top with your choice of toppings.
Let us know if you try our black bean burger recipe. We’d love to hear if you enjoyed it!