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Black Bean Burger

I love Morning Star’s black bean burgers. While they taste nothing like a traditional burger, they are deliciously hearty and filling and cure any beefy craving I suffer. They are also expensive. So I have been on the hunt for a homemade replacement. I have yet to find a replica, but this recipe was very tasty. Will loved the burgers enough to have one again today for lunch, and asked to have the last one for dinner tonight!

I found this recipe on It uses veggie ground, which is a mighty fine replacement for ground beef, though costly. We topped our burgers with ketchup and mayo. Next time I’m going to spice up a little sour cream with chili powder for my choice condiment. Nothing beats the flavor combination of smoky cumin and coriander black beans and cool sour cream!

I’m still hunting for my perfect burger recipe, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this one!

Prep and cook time:  35 minutes     Approximate cost: $7.50 (around $1.50/burger, depending on the size you make)

Black Bean Burger

  • 1/3 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup black beans, cooked
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 14 oz veggie ground round
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour, if needed
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns

In a small bowl, combine bulgur wheat with boiling water. Cover and let sit 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add black beans and cumin, coriander, and allspice. Stir and cook another 3 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp water and stir until absorbed, about one minute. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix together ground round, egg, salt, and pepper. Add black bean mixture and bulgur. Stir well until mixture is thick and sticks together easily. If the mixture is too wet, add a little flour. Make 4 large patties, or 6 medium.

Lightly oil skillet or grill and heat to medium. Cook patties 4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile toast whole wheat buns. Serve burger patties hot on whole wheat buns with trimmings.

Serves 4


July 7, 2010 - Posted by | Learning to Love Bulgur, Recipes, Vegetarian |

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