The BEST Vegetarian Burger. Ever.
At Silver and Gold, we believe in eating real food, rather than eating out – everything in moderation! This idea includes eating less meat and more vegetables.
This vegetarian burger is the best recipe for vegetarian burgers we've ever
concocted – it's made from a base of beets, black beans, and portobello mushrooms – with a lot of delicious spices to give it that delicious taco-like, smokey flavour.
Try these burgers on their own, or topped with your regular preferred burger toppings – we suggest adding a Sriracha Mayo or a Dijon Mustard, and all your favourite
veg – pickles, tomato, lettuce, onions, whatever your little heart desires!
Try serving this amazing veggie burger with our corn salad!
You won't believe how delicious these original black bean vegetarian burgers are! If you've ever had a black bean burger, you'll be all-too-familiar with how bland they can be. The beans can taste mushy, they can be flavourless, and somewhat dry.
But not these black bean beauties! The combination of beets gives them juiciness that is just to die for, plus, look at that fantastic colour!
Beets are packed with fibre, folate, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and a whole list of essential nutrients. The key with beets – if you find them too strong-tasting – is to peel them. The skin of the beets can taste somewhat "too earthy" for some, but peeling them sorts that out.
You can use dried beans, of course, but if you do, don't forget to soak them overnight and then boil 3 times to unlock their hidden proteins that can cause gas and bloating. In this case, and for a quick meal, we have used canned beans. Go ahead, open up that can of beans you've had in the pantry for so long and don't know what to use them for!
INGREDIENTS: (makes 12 burgers)
In a food processor, add:
2 portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 large beet (or 2 small ones), peeled and chopped
2 cups (2 small cans) of black beans, drained and rinsed well
1/4 Cup of walnuts
Pulse until mashed-up and place inside a mixing bowl. Then add:
1 egg (or egg substitute)
1 Cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (optional)
2 Tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
Mix all ingredients until well combined – it's best to use your hands and ensure everything is mixed well. At this point, mixture will seem quite similar to that of "refried beans", but it will cook well and harden (shape) as it cooks.
Next, medium-heat a large frying pan with oil (we like to use grapeseed oil, but vegetable oil will do). Once warm, shape patties with your hands, making patties from 2" diameter balls and then flatten with hands or a fork.
NOTE: If not ready to cook, place mixture in the refrigerator until later. Keeps well overnight if covered.
Cook for 6 or 7 minutes per side; this will allow all the ingredients to become one cohesive delicious combination, hardening the black bean veggie burger until it's easier to handle.
Once cooked, place on a cooling rack while you cook the rest of the veggie burgers.
Have you tried making very delicious home-made black bean burgers before? Did you try making this recipe? We'd love to see your photos! Send them along to us and we will share on our social media channels! Bon appetit friends!