These homemade black bean burgers are made from scratch using dried beans. They're easy to make and if you love those deliciously crispy edges then you won't be disappointed!
I wish black beans were easier to get here. I was going to use tinned beans for these burgers but the supermarket didn't have any. That almost meant a change of plan but luckily I found the ends of a packet of dried black beans in a cupboard at home. Yay, a chance to use up some leftovers!
Luckily I knew the day before that I was going to make these burgers. So, it was easy to prepare and soak the beans. Normally meals with beans tend to be things I make when I haven't done any planning and so having a bag of dried beans in the cupboard is no help at all. Not to mention the fact that I then forget I have them!
How to prepare dried beans to make into veggie burgers
As I said, I made these black bean burgers with dried beans. Dried beans are easy to use but you do have to be prepared so they are great if you are into meal planning and know in advance that you are going to use them. These are the steps you need to prepare the dried black beans:
- Put the beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. They need to soak for at least 4-6 hours so I usually do this the night before.
- In the morning rinse the beans and leave to stand until you need them. This step is not necessary but I like to do it.
- Put the beans in some fresh water and boil for 10 minutes.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Test the beans by squashing one between your fingers. It should squash easily and then they are ready. If not, continue to simmer.
The inspiration for these black bean burgers
So why did I make these black bean burgers? Well, this month my Secret Recipe Club assignment was It Bakes Me Happy. Although it sounds like it's just a baking blog, Emily has loads of lovely savoury recipes too. I am always on the lookout for recipes that my little girl might eat and this is a very family friendly recipe.
What are these veggie burgers like?
These bean burgers are packed with healthy beans and vegetables and because I fried them they get lovely crispy bits on the outside. I only used a little oil too! And who doesn't love crispy bits? My husband, who generally prefers meat in a burger, was actually disappointed I hadn't made him an extra one!
Did I adapt the recipe?
The main change I made to the recipe was to add an egg as I found the mixture wouldn't bind together without it and the burgers just kept crumbling apart. I also added more herbs, but that could be because I was using more beans. The size of the tin wasn't given in the original recipe so I wasn't sure of the quantities. I served the burgers in homemade breadrolls with homemade potato wedges and a little salad too. To see the original recipe then go to It Bakes Me Happy.
How else could you adapt these black bean burgers?
You could easily change these burgers a little by using a different kind of bean. Kidney beans would also work well. You could also use just carrot or just courgette if you don't have both at home.
If you want to change the flavours a little then why not add some paprika or cayenne pepper to add a little spice?
Recipe for Black Bean Burgers
Black Bean Burgers
- 200 g dried black beans
- 1 courgette (zucchini) grated
- 1 carrot grated
- ½ onion finely sliced
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- ½ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch black pepper
- pinch salt
- The night before, cover the beans in plenty of water and leave to soak. Drain and cover in clean water in the morning until you're ready to start cooking the beans.
- Put the beans in a saucepan and cover with clean water again. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes and then lower the heat a little and continue to cook for another hour. The beans should be a little soft and squash between your fingers when you test them. If they are too hard, cook them for a bit longer.
- Grate the carrot, courgette and onion finely. Put in a large bowl and add the seasonings.
- When the beans are cooked, drain them and either mash with a fork or blend them in a food processor. Add them to the grated vegetables.
- Mix all the ingredients with your hands and form them into burgers. Put them on a plate and put it in the fridge to rest before cooking them.
- Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the burgers on each side for about 4 minutes until they crisp up.
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