Meatless Meals: Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Spicy black bean burgers for the win.

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We try to eat meatless at least a few times per week, and these black bean burgers wind up on our rotation pretty frequently.

Actually, when Rob and I first started dating, he was mostly a vegetarian. While he didn’t eat any meat, he still had a serious sushi habit. Me, on the other hand, I love bacon.

Black Bean Burgers for the win

Plus, my little picky eater basically lived on tacos and chicken fingers at that time. So, since Rob cast his lot with us, he found meat on his plate a couple of nights per week.

In order to make up for that, I searched out as many meatless meals as possible.  Those are still scheduled for the nights when the little guy is at his dad’s house (and when I can bear to leave the bacon out.)

I actually like leaving the meat out now. Generally, you end up with healthier entrees when you aren’t cooking big hunks of beef, and it is a whole lot friendlier on the grocery budget!


One of our favorite meatless dinners is black bean burgers which are easy peasy to cook. Ahem. Usually when I say “we cooked” I actually mean “Rob cooked”, but this time I really did help! 

The recipe we start with can be found here. FYI: we have made probably four or five different recipes found on that site, and we have loved all of them. 

Delicious black bean burgers. Meatless Monday just got easier.

There are a couple of changes that we make to the recipe, however. First, we substitute green onions…that is basically across the board for us because we don’t really like red or white ones that much. When it is my turn in the kitchen, I switch out fresh garlic for garlic powder, and that is 100% because I am a lazy bish. Cutting garlic is torture to me. Plus, it makes my hands smell.

As for toppings, we slapped on pepper jack cheese for a bonus kick, and Rob topped his with avocado slices. 

Aldi Brioche buns are delicious way to savor your black bean burgers

Let’s talk buns: we use these delicious brioche buns from Aldi a lot. Now, I know they probably up the calorie count by a million, but they are buttery bread perfection. I mean you already went meatless, right? Get you a good bun, you deserve it.



  • Reply halfa1000miles November 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Ha. I am commenting on a post from 2015. I kept telling the Hubby how much I liked eating lunch at Tropical Grill, so we started doing beans and rice once a week. We use yellow rice and sometimes we make it Mexican with some taco seasoning and avocado and pico, and then sometimes we make a curry sauce to put on it. I love our Meatless Meal, but I don’t feel ready for a bean burger. Is it good? Really? Don’t lie to me now. P.S. Hubby would probably die of love if I made him something like this and it was good.

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      I actually like them a lot. I prefer less corn in mine, it is a consistency thing for me. The bean patty is a bit softer than a hamburger patty, as well.

      There is a place on the main street there in Greenville, where they do the Farmer’s market, that has really, really good black bean burgers. It is a burger restaurant with a patio in front and an upstairs…but I can’t remember the name of it.

      • Reply halfa1000miles November 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        Carolina Ale House?

        • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

          That might be it. We ate there after walking around the Farmer’s Market, it was close to our hotel…which may have been a Sheraton. Sorry, my information is so vague, it was about 3 years ago when I was there for attending a wedding. But the black bean burger was delicious 😀

  • Reply Treat and Trick November 26, 2016 at 12:01 am

    What a great meatless meal! I need to try it and thanks for pinning and commenting on my post. Wishing you a happy weekend..

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      These are very good! I hope you love them 🙂

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