Vegan Black Bean Burgers

I’ve been on my vegan cleanse for approximately three weeks now, and minus a few slip-ups, I’ve stayed pretty much on target. Though old habits die hard because I was grocery shopping during the first week and sampled a cube of aged cheddar. I didn’t even realize I had done so until I was talking on the phone with my friend (Codename: Candelabra) the next day! The upside is that I’ve had zero beef and pork and only two instances of chicken/cheese/eggs this entire time.

I’m actually enjoying the cleanse. I treat it as a food challenge, such as “I feel like eating Mexican food. What can I make that would be Mexican yet vegan?” I also find myself getting excited about “treats” that are still considered vegan, like “vegan” Oreos, “vegan” Lays original potato chips, and “vegan” Frito-Lay tortilla chips. Trust me, I don’t eat these all the time, but it’s nice to know that following a vegan diet doesn’t completely cut off all tasty snacks. Speaking of tortilla chips, I found a recipe for black bean burgers in a magazine, but the ingredients included shredded cheddar and an egg as binders. I couldn’t have those, so I nixed them and substituted in silken tofu. The black bean burgers tasted pretty delicious. However, because of their soft texture, I opted out of the hamburger buns and used lettuce leaves instead. Go, go “vegan” black bean burgers!

Vegan Black Bean Burgers
(adapted from Fitness Magazine’s Black Bean “Nacho” Burgers)

1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. chopped tomato
1/4 c. chopped onion
4 oz. silken tofu
1/2 c. finely crushed tortilla chips
1/4 tsp. black pepper
dash of salt

Using a food processor or Magic Bullet (like I did), puree beans, tomato, and onion until you get a chunky mix. It’s okay to have a few whole beans remaining. Add the silken tofu and puree just until blended. Scoop mixture into medium bowl and stir in crushed tortilla chips. Stir to combine and season with pepper and salt.

Allow mixture to stand for 10 minutes in refrigerator. Then, form four patties, place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and set back in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.

When ready to cook, heat 2 teaspoons of canola oil in pan, and fry burgers for approximately 4 minutes on medium heat. Add another 2 teaspoons of oil, flip the burgers and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.

62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 13:23:21

    Look how committed you have been with this! I enjoy eating too man different things to commit to a cleanse like this, but its neat how you are posting recipes for it too! šŸ™‚ keep up the good work!

  2. rondamkisner
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 13:28:18

    I am glad that you are doing so well on your cleanse. Your burgers look so professional!

  3. Promenade Claire
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 14:36:22

    These sound and look great, I’m going to save the recipe as I love black beans. And it seems you are really exploring the vegan options for your cleanse. Nice one !

  4. forgottenbeast
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 15:06:58

    These look delish! I love black bean burgers. And sweet potato burgers. And combinations of the two! And I totally forgot all the time when I first went vegan–I’d snack on something dairy or egg-filled without a second thought, and then realize, “whoops.”

  5. Norma Chang
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 15:08:15

    Congratulations for sticking to your vegan cleanse and enjoying it. Do you feel any different, like having more/less energy?

  6. Inger Wilkerson
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 15:20:38

    Wow–three weeks! When I have eaten veggie burgers, it was amazing how close they tasted to regular hamburgers–that is after I added catsup, onions and avocados! Hmmm, perhaps I could have skipped the burger part entirely šŸ˜‰

  7. Amanda
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 15:22:40

    I’ve tried putting tofu in pie/custard before, but never burgers! I will definitely try to slip some in the next time I make burgers! xoxo amanda

  8. Choc Chip Uru
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 15:25:18

    Your cleanse looks like it will be a delicious journey šŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Katerina
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 15:59:10

    These burgers are such a great substitute for meat! Congratulations on your perseverance to keep meat clean.

  10. spicegirlfla
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 16:00:06

    I guess I missed the part of your going on a cleanse, but good for you! I did a 21 day cleanse, giving up pretty much what you mentioned, including gluten and coffee…yikes! Having tortilla chips was my safe indulgence! This is a perfect meal for a cleanse…and even for non-cleansers!

  11. eatinglikeahorse
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 16:39:30

    I know what you mean about getting excited over vegan treats; I only did a week vegan for a work feature but I was so like that!
    I love bean burgers and these look fab; I like the idea of adding tortilla chips šŸ™‚

  12. Cher
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 16:50:10

    Congrats on going three weeks.
    I agree that it is fun to find work arounds to things. I am currently working on some vegan “cheeses” – it is pretty cool what can be done.

  13. Chaya
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 18:23:33

    Look how creative you are. Do I have permission to link this to My Meatless Mondays? It is just the thing for those who do not eat meat or cut back on meat.

  14. Sara
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 18:51:47

    Yum, these look awesome! Love the idea of using crushed up tortilla chips in a bean burger

  15. Bam's Kitchen
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 19:12:11

    Wow good for you and going on this cleanse. I don’t think it feels like a diet when you get to eat yummy black bean burgers like this.

  16. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 19:55:23

    I’ve never made burgers with tofu – what a great idea!

  17. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 21:08:29

    I’m impressed you’ve been so disciplined on your cleanse. These definitely sound like guilt-free burgers!

  18. Zen and Genki
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 22:06:33

    Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

  19. Tandy
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 22:35:24

    What a great adaptation šŸ™‚

  20. Mary Hirsch
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 00:34:01

    I’m totally impressed. Do you feel better? Is this going to be a lifestyle-change? I don’t recall your sharing with us where you were headed with this. Congratulations on remaining on this Path.

  21. Anita Menon
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 02:04:25

    Wow such a tasty sounding recipe and its vegetarian. Oops vegan too. I could make it vegetarian by skipping the tofu and adding paneer instead. You are doing so well. Double thumbs up to you, my friend.

  22. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 02:14:41

    Sounds like a tough detox, but the burgers do sound good.

  23. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 06:13:06

    Good to know you’re following it through! These burgers look amazing! šŸ™‚

  24. Karen (Back Road Journal)
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 07:34:31

    You are doing a great job with your cleanse. The burgers sound like they were good.

  25. sheof108names
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 09:13:42

    Well done for getting through 3 weeks of your cleanse! These burger patties are right up my alley. They look delicious!

  26. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:17:25

    I’m not vegan, but these sound really great. I’ve been so into veggie burgers lately and these sound so easy to make!

  27. Dara
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:24:24

    Well done with your vegan cleanse. I do this as well from time to time – I’ve actually been looking around for a good vegan burger recipe. Looks like I’ve found it! Well done.

  28. Jenn and Seth
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:15:53

    yum, definitely bookmarking this!

  29. Kristin
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:48:30

    I seriously need to go through a super clean eating period myself!

  30. Juliana
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:52:10

    Looks delicious, and I love the idea of using tofu…I will definitely give this a try šŸ™‚
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week!

  31. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 20:10:06

    You are a real inspiration and I wish I could follow in your footsteps. Every time I read about your cleanse I think, “maybe I should try this.” I’m getting closer.

    Love the burgers!

  32. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 20:56:37

    my picky son surprisingly loves black bean burgers so they are a staple of our weeks usually. I love your version and will be making it next time! Will let you know how he and we like them!

  33. Three Well Beings
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 00:46:22

    Although I’m not vegan, I really do prefer a burger just like this over beef. I will definitely make this recipe. It sounds reasonably simple to make! Yum!

  34. kitchen flavours
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 00:53:15

    Delicious looking burger! Have not tried a bean burger before! Definitely a much healthier choice!

  35. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 03:06:37

    Your burger recipe sounds delicious! I’m not vegan, but this would be a great substitute when I need to be healthy. Love the idea of tofu!

  36. machisan
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:30:30

    That looks delicious!

  37. Miriam
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:27:07

    THAT is my kind of meal!!!! Good luck with your cleanse, they do a world of good. šŸ™‚
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  38. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:37:04

    What a delicious looking batch of burgers!! I think you just about convinced me that I have to try making a meatless one myself!

  39. Baking is my Zen
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:49:39

    This looks so good…not to mention…healthy. Nicely plated.
    Good luck with the cleanse…


  40. Purely.. Kay
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 15:32:51

    These burgers look so darn delicious. I would love to have a burger right now in my hand šŸ™‚

  41. Mary
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 16:50:47

    Thank you for this super recipe! I’ve been trying to eat (well not quite vegan because I can’t give up feta cheese) but as near as I can and these will REALLY hit the spot!!
    Mary x

  42. The Squishy Monster
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:21:55

    I’ve always steered away from veg. burgers but that now seems silly. Yours look fabulous and tasty!!

  43. The Squishy Monster
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:22:19

    (making them, that is) but you’ve deconstructed it so that I could do this!! šŸ˜‰

  44. Janet Rudolph
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 18:17:45

    I am so hungry. These look delicious!!! Can’t wait to make these..the tortilla chips will add that needed crunch

  45. Paola
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 18:19:37

    ooooooooooooooooooo, they look AWESOME! I will be sneaking this into my cookbook…. thank you šŸ™‚

  46. Liz
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 18:55:26

    WTG with the cleanse! Are you feeling any different? I have a feeling you are~

  47. cooking varieties
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 20:30:20

    hi dear. you are getting more innovative. the first black bean burger i have ever come across- makes me very curious to try out. looks yummy. have a nice day

  48. Savory Simple
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 22:09:12

    These look awesome!

  49. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 05:04:31

    Hats off to you..three weeks is a great accomplishment
    how does it feel?
    do you feel more energetic and lighter? I am considering trying one myself

  50. Beth
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 05:31:02

    Your burgers look terrific! Good for you, for sticking with the cleanse. It’s easy to make a mistake (like sampling cheddar), isn’t it?

  51. kitchen therapy
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 06:02:58

    These look great for something so healthy! Congrats on sticking to it for so long!

  52. Hotly Spiced
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 07:13:04

    Congrats on doing so well with your cleanse. I have given up caffeine and refined sugars but I’m holding on to every other vice. Love the look of your vegan burgers xx

  53. Jasline
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 07:17:25

    Wow 3 weeks, that’s real determination! I’m not sure I can even last a day! The burgers look amazingly delicious! I love the idea of substituting with tofu, healthy and delicious!

  54. mireia
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:07:09

    yumyum!! delicious šŸ˜‰

  55. Cakelaw
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 16:02:32

    Good gor you YC! I don’t know how I’d fare.

  56. rebecca
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 22:00:58

    these burgers look so good, and he he I may slip up on cheese too

  57. atasteofmadess
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 23:35:20

    Haha, I was talking to someone who was telling me about how great it was to be vegan, and she also included oreos to the mix.
    This looks fantastic! I have never made burgers before, but it needs to be done. And soon, before summer is over!

  58. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 00:23:00

    I have to admit that I haven’t tried vegan burgers in my life. I’ve been curious but my husband needs meat and I rarely get to prepare even veggie burgers. This looks good though. I need more beans in my diet and this is a great way to eat it, even for my kids!

  59. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 05:31:57

    The tortilla chips sound a great addition to these burgers. I congratulate you for staying on track, I would find it hard!

  60. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 18:57:26

    Congrats on sticking to your vegan routine. And this looks fantastic my friend!

  61. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 09:45:40

    These turned out wonderful! Did the tofu hold everything together as an egg would? I’d use that next time as a substitute as well!

  62. Louise
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 15:23:03

    Kudos to you for sticking with that cleanse, Yummy, even if there were a few minor slip ups. And, just look what you’ve created in the mean time, a wonderful and I bet tasty Black Bean Burger!!! I think I’ll pass this idea onto my son and daughter-in-law they are always looking for creative vegan recipes. You go Girl!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

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