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Test Kitchen Approved

Grillable Black Bean Veggie Burgers

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4 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

15 Minutes

Adapted from

Upgrade your weeknight meal with a vegetarian version of the American classic.

Serving Suggestions

Use our suggested toppings or customize your burger with your favorites like sauteed mushrooms, carmelized onions, or fresh tomato.

Recipe Notes

*If using canned beans, 1 (15 oz.) can only yields 1¼ cup so you will need 2 cans. Patties can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated until you are ready to cook them. See our recipes for Basil Mayo, Baked Fried Green Tomatoes, and Quick Pickled Onions. It’s well worth the effort to make the toppings!


For burgers:

1 cup walnuts (or nut combo)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup diced white onion

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry*

1 cup cooked brown rice

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or other cheese of choice (optional)

4 regular buns or 8 slider buns

For toppings:

Mixed greens or spinach

Basil Mayo

Baked Fried Green Tomatoes

Quick Pickled Onions

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For burgers: Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add nuts and toast for 5 to 7 min., stirring often, until aromatic and golden brown. Transfer nuts to a bowl and set aside to cool. Heat oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 3 to 4 min. until translucent. Transfer onions to a bowl and set aside. Transfer cooled nuts to the bowl of a food processor. Add Canyon Road, brown sugar, and Salt & Pepper Tableside and pulse until it forms a fine meal consistency; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mash black beans well with a fork or potato masher, leaving only a few whole beans. Add spiced nut mixture, sauteed onions, cooked rice, panko, and barbecue sauce. Mix thoroughly and form into 4 large or 8 small burger patties. Place patties back in the bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 30 min. If grilling, heat grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grill grates. Grill burgers for 4 to 5 min. on one side. Gently flip, top with cheese if using, and grill another 4 to 5 min. on the other side.

To assemble with toppings: Place a small handful of mixed greens on the bottom bun and top with a veggie burger. Spread Basil Mayo on the burger and top with 1 to 3 Baked Fried Green Tomatoes and a pile of pickled onions. Add the top burger bun and serve.