Deluxe Black Bean Burger

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 28 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 shallots, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves

1 egg white, slightly beaten

3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour

1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon cracked black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil


Sliced roasted red peppers, jarred

Sliced red onion

4 multi-grain rolls

Szechuan Tomato Dressing, recipe follows

Szechuan Tomato Dressing:

1/4 cup Szechuan sauce

1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, finely mash the black beans with a potato masher or your hands. Add the shallots, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, Worcestershire, hot sauce, cilantro, egg white, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Form into 4 patties and arrange on a platter.
  2. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Sear patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until they have a nice crust. Remove the patties to a paper towel lined platter. Assemble the sandwiches with a patty, some spinach, roasted red peppers and red onion on the multi-grain rolls. Top with a good drizzle of Szechuan Tomato Dressing and serve.

Szechuan Tomato Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, add the Szechuan sauce, tomatoes and cilantro. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Use as a dressing for the black bean sandwiches.