Although I do love a good turkey or bison burger, I’ve been craving beans and more plant-based options this winter.
In search of a tasty plant burger, I went to the my local Whole Foods and found that none of the burgers were allergen-friendly or followed the Conscious Cleanse way of eating. So, I then searched the World Wide Web for a recipe, and yes, you got it, nothing.
I’m always up for a test, so I went on a black bean burger mission. My criteria was to make it taste good, keep allergens out of it (most have eggs, tomatoes, nightshades, corn or gluten in them) and make sure the burger would stick together without crumbling apart!
Whew – that’s a long list of challenges! But after a few failed attempts, this gluten-free, egg-free Spicy Black Bean Burger was created.
The key to making all the ingredients stick together in this veggie burger is ground flaxseeds, which amazingly acts like the “glue” in lieu of eggs.
Did you know that 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water can replace 1 egg? It works like a charm!
It’s worth mentioning that if you are a Conscious Cleanse “Easy In, Easy Out” food-combining stickler, you’ll note that the beans and flaxseeds aren’t a food combination made in heaven. But we figured with the seeds being ground and in such small quantity, we’d allowed this recipe to slide on by.
Do you have a favorite veggie burger recipe? Share it with me in the comment section below.
With belly-loving beans,
Spicy Black Bean Burger
Yields 6 patties
- 1 TB olive oil
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 1 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 small carrot, shredded (about ½ cup)
- ½ TB crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 3-4 TB flaxseeds, ground
- ½ cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large skillet, heat 1 TB oil over medium heat. Add onions and let cook until slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer onions to a large bowl.
Combine ground flaxseeds and water and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, use your hands to combine, beans, carrots, flaxseed/water mix, red pepper flakes, salt, cilantro, garlic and onions. Form mixture into 6 patties, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!