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Bean Burger Success!!

Black Bean Burgers – Success at Last!!

I’ve been trying to make a bean burger for over a year with no success.  They always fall apart or the kids see them and refuse to even taste them.  (I really didn’t think it would be that difficult.)  At first I was just trying to make something healthier.  Then I had success substituting black beans in other recipes that called for ground beef and realized how much money I could save.  One pound of ground beef is over $3.00.  One can of black beans is $0.55 cents.  (Big savings if you consider we used to eat ground beef at least three times a week.)

Unfortunately for me, the black bean burger just refused to cooperate – until today.  I finally found a recipe that makes a black bean burger that holds it’s shape and isn’t immediately identifiable as a bean burger.  (This last point is important when you need to get to kids to taste it and admit they like it before you let them know what’s in it.)  I’m really excited about this because it’s been such a challenge for me.

Just in case you would like to try a black bean and mushroom burger, here’s the recipe I used:


Black Bean & Mushroom Burger


6 oz. of mushrooms, chopped (I used baby portabello)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1-2 cups bread crumbs (I was out and subbed rolled oats)



Heat  1 Tbs oil or vegetable broth in a sauté pan on medium high.

Add chopped onions, mushrooms, & garlic to pan and sauté until mushrooms release their liquid. (approx. 5minutes)

Spoon mixture into a food processor, add the beans and process until well mixed. (At this point, mine looked a little like sludge, but smelled good, so I knew it was still okay.)

Stir in bread crumbs, starting with 1 cup and adding until mixture thickens and can be formed into patties.  (Mine took closer to 2 cups, maybe even a little more.

Form into patties.

Cook according to your preferred method. (I used a Foreman Grill, but you can use an outdoor grill or pan fry also.)

Heat until each side is firm and crispy – about 5 minutes.


Next time I make these, I’ll probably add some seasoned salt.  Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.  Even the kids ate them and admitted they liked them before they knew what was in them.  Hopefully they’ll remember that next time and will be willing to eat them again.

Do you have a favorite black bean recipe?  I’d love to hear it.  Have a great night!


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