There is absolutely no need to pity non-meat-eaters at BBQs. There are so many scrumptious pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly options for the grill, including these Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers.
They’re filling, they’re healthy, and they taste amazing with all the same fixings as a beef burger—perfect for a summertime backyard BBQ.
Green tip: Industrial meat production has a huge impact on the environment, especially because of the amount of land it takes to sustain and its high amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing your meat consumption is one great way to reduce your ecological footprint.
But this recipe doesn’t even require a grill! These patties can be made rain or shine because they are awesome in a skillet, too.
The smoky in these Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers will give you that fresh-off-the-grill taste regardless of how you make them and have a little kick for extra flavor.
Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got options! You can reheat them on the grill, in a fry pan, or in the microwave. Just make sure they are heated all the way through.
From frozen, these Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers will reheat over medium heat in a frying pan with oil after about 3 minutes on each side. It takes about the same amount of time on the grill.
To use the microwave, wrap the patty in a paper towel and microwave on high for 3 and 1/2 minutes. Easy peasy!
Definitely! Just substitute mashed avocado for mayonnaise and a flax egg for the egg.
It’s an all-natural product that is made from condensing smoke from burning wood. You’ll find it in a lot of BBQ sauces, cheeses like smoked Gouda, and lots of other products that are marketed as “smoked”.
In this recipe, it infuses that fresh off the grill flavor into your burgers, even if you’re cooking them on the stove.
Yes. I know it feels super wet, but once you bake them they will firm up and hold their shape perfectly. You want to avoid a dry patty as best you can! Using wet hands to shape them will help.
I highly recommend baking them on parchment paper to ensure they don’t stick to your baking sheet.
This recipe makes 6 burger patties, so it is likely you will have leftovers (or not! I mean, no judgement, here😉).
Just individually wrap them in saran wrap or put them in a freezer bag. They will keep fresh in your freezer for up to 3 months. Just waiting for your burger craving to hit.
These black bean patties taste awesome with any toppings you would generally use on beef burgers. In the picture below I topped it with tomatoes, arugula, caramelized onions, and cheese.
But, get creative here! Sometimes I will whip up an aioli or make my quick and easy Two-Step Pesto! You really can’t go wrong!
You’ll need a binder for this recipe to sop up some of the juices and act with the egg to hold its shape. I like rolled oats because they are nutritious, filling, and fibrous. But there are plenty of other binders you can use successfully in this recipe.
Try substituting the oats for bread crumbs, cooked quinoa, or crushed up tortilla chips, or Ritz crackers.
Absolutely! However, they will turn out a little bit dryer. The mayo in this recipe is what keeps your patty moist. Try substituting half a mashed avocado or even applesauce instead.
The Inspiration Behind These Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers
For our first date, my husband and I went to a nice restaurant (the same restaurant he would pop the question at 4 short years later). He didn’t know that I didn’t eat meat, and he ordered a steak (typical). Luckily, there was an awesome black bean burger on the menu as a veggie option.
I’ve always liked black bean burgers, but this one was a game-changer! It was smoky, a little bit spicy, and the best ever texture. Honestly, after the first bite, I was a little concerned that they brought me a regular burger instead of the black bean one (don’t worry, they didn’t).
Once I started this recipe development venture, I knew I had to replicate it. It took a while for me to figure out that liquid smoke was the key. But now, every time I eat this, I think about our first date. And about how we connected over that black bean burger and steak, a juxtaposition that would one day become the inspiration for this blog.
Never did our difference in diets deter us from enjoying great meals together, and cooking for the two of us has been a challenge I’ve welcomed and honestly enjoyed tackling. But I’m confident that whether you eat meat or not, you’ll enjoy these Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers.