What’s for dinner? What is your first reaction when you hear that question? For me, it all depends on whether or not I have a plan. When I’m in a groove, planning ahead, shopping smartly, I answer that question with confidence. Other times, that simple three-word question pushes all of my buttons. It’s hard to consistently come up with dinner menus that are both tasty and nutritious—-and a meal that everyone will eat, never mind something creative—almost impossible. I know. Truly I do. This recipe for black bean veggie burgers is a fabulous answer to that three-word potential booby trap!
Like everyone, it’s easy for me to get into a rut when eating at home, and I don’t really mind the repetition, but the rest of my family would usually prefer something different. Lucky for you all, they keep me busy in the kitchen experimenting and I love to share what I discover with all of you. One thing I know that everyone likes is a veggie burger, and I’m not talking the cardboard variety you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store. I’m not judging, and I understand the appeal of a veggie burger—-quick, easy, healthy—-however, even the “healthy” ones will often have ingredients I don’t want to feed my family, or they’re high in sodium or other additives we just don’t need. The bigger problem with store bought, frozen veggie burgers is that, frankly, they aren’t very good. Why would you want to eat something that’s not delicious? As far as the “quick and easy” I’m here to tell you that with a bit of advance prep, that’s possible too. This particular burger recipe can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen until needed—-just like the ones you can buy in the supermarket—–except these are actually HEALTHY and TASTY too!!
You can never have too many recipes for a great veggie burger. I like this one because it’s super simple, uses ingredients you may already have in the pantry (no shallots, substitute scallions or red onion; no cilantro, use parsley; no brown rice, use quinoa; etc.) and has universal taste appeal. It’s the perfect option for a nutrient dense vegan main meal. I also make these frequently as a “slider” to take to parties for a super fun appetizer.
I have many recipes for veggie burgers, but this is one of my favorites because of the many nutritional benefits to black beans. Black beans are an inexpensive source of high-fiber protein, that can help keep blood sugar in balance. Given the impressive array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in black beans, it’s not surprising to see numerous studies that connect black bean intake with improved colon health, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. For a meatless alternative, using black beans provides not only a wonderful texture and taste but also will keep you feeling full for longer making them a good choice for those watching their weight.
Personally, I like mine on top of a bed of greens with some avocado on the side or the top. But, I love that it’s so easy to accommodate those who want a bun and some lettuce, tomato and onion. Throw in some homemade sweet potato fries, and now you’re talking!!
I’ve thrown in the recipe for the roasted red pepper sauce that my family LOVES on these burgers. It’s super quick to make, with just a few ingredients you are likely to have on hand. We use this sauce instead of ketchup….ALL THE TIME….on more than just burgers. It’s insanely DELICIOUS (especially if you throw in the red pepper flakes).
Just a bit of advice: double the recipe and throw a log into the freezer…..the next time someone asks, “What’s for dinner?” and you hadn’t planned anything, you’ll have something perfect up your sleeve!