another meatless monday!
when choosing to give up meat, it can be expected that beans and legumes will become staples in your diet. they are versatile, healthy, filling, cheap, and best of all – delicious.
it’s pretty amazing how many meals can incorporate bean, and I love that I can count on them to achieve meat like substitutes, like the vegan black bean burgers in this post.
however, not all beans are created equal.
of course, preparing your own using organic beans, then soaking, then cooking them to perfection is great… but sooo time consuming.
then the second option is canned and… eh. they are usually high in sodium, are way less fresh, dry, and not nearly as flavorful.
so what does a modern vegan girl with no time allotted for bean prep do??
meet Better Bean.
Better Bean is a Portland based brand that is making beans…better. founded by a bean-loving father Keith, and his daughter, Hannah, Better Bean began due to Keith’s traditional refried bean recipe that his daughters just loved! (read more about the story here!)
today, Better Bean is sold in nationwide at Whole Foods and Wegmans. find them near you here!
my favorite part of Better Bean? the flavors are incredible. the ingredients are limited to only the REAL stuff. after cooking, Better Bean sautés the beans in simple, fresh ingredients for optimum flavor.
all the bean varieties (there are 7!) are non-gmo certified, vegan, gluten free, and packaged in BPA free tubs and refrigerated rather than canned. so skip the canned food aisle when picking up these beans.
spicy vegan black bean burgers.
now time for this meatless monday recipe. building a recipe around such a flavorful product honestly made it simple. these black bean burgersvhave plenty of kick due to the already seasoned beans and addition of jalepeno pepper. if you are super sensitive to heat, tone down the spice with less or no jalepeno- but spicy dishes are my favorites so I went for it!
I also added scallions, red bell pepper and onion to give the burgers a more hearty texture.
these were “accidentally” made gluten free (except the bun!), as I keep gluten free rolled oats and gluten free panko bread crumbs in my home. be sure to sub a gluten free bun or wrap in lettuce for a gluten allergy.
ways to eat these beans.
this recipe was made using the Cuban Black Beans. I love the refried black beans as well. in fact, just the other day I dug right in and ate them straight from the tub while writing a blog post. (I’m NOT kidding).
if that method of eating feels a bit…uncivilized, enjoy as a dip (in a proper bowl), spread on quesadillas, add to nachos, scoop onto tacos, etc.
- 1 package of Better Bean Co. Cuban Black Beans (1 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup of gluten free panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 small white onion
- 1/2 cup of red or orange bell pepper, diced.
- 1/2 jalepeno - with seeds removed!
- 3 scallions (white and green parts diced)
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
- 1/8 cup of ketchup
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- dash of black pepper
- 1/2 cup vegan mayo
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- optional: 1 tsp. ketchup. (sometimes I add ketchup when I don't want the aioli too spicy, but also feel it needs more to mellow out the mayo taste- test while you combine ingredients to find what you like!)
- 1. first, preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- 2. next, prepare the flax egg by stirring 1 tbsp. ground flax with 3 tbsp. water.
- 3. chop jalepeno, bell pepper, scallions and onion then add to a large bowl.
- 4. add all other ingredients into the bowl, including flax egg, and stir well until burger base is formed.
- 5. use hands to form patties with the black bean base, about 6-8 large patties and place on baking sheet.
- 6. bake for 20 minutes, flip, and cook for another 20 minutes, until outside of burgers are crispy and golden.
- toast hamburger buns slightly then top with vegan chipotle aioli, smashed avocado, red onion, shredded romaine.
- ** note: this recipe can be made with other varieties of black beans. Because Better Bean provies such a flavorful product already enhanced with seasoning, I suggest doubling spices if using other beans.
these burgers are not only vegan but also…
packed with protein and fiber
low in sodium
gluten free* (*patties made with only gluten free ingredients and bun easily substituted with gluten free version or lettuce wrap!)
enjoy these spicy and hearty vegan black beans burgers at your next summer cook out- can you believe the season is almost over?!? – or wow someone you know who has become accustomed to boring canned beans! oh, and those spicy sweet potato fries on the plate?? they’re coming to the blog soon- don’t worry!
thanks for keeping it meatless, and therefore cruelty free, this Monday! to keep celebrating this weekly veggie “holiday”, enter the giveaway Better Bean and I are hosting! yup, the giveaways keep comin’ and I’m so excited to share this fantastic product with one lucky winner.
**this recipe was sponsored by Better Bean. however it contains an original recipe and all opinions are my own. yup- they’re the best beans, for real!