A gluten-free and meat-free black bean burger stacked with amazing whole food ingredient toppings.
You won’t want to miss this. Today I’m sharing a gluten-free and meat-free black bean burger with toppings like caramelized onions, pickles, grain mustard, and much more.
Looking at this, I almost had you fooled right? It looks like a “real” burger, right!?
I can’t wait to share the ULTIMATE plant-based burger with you, but that one was so good it had to only be for the Nutrition Stripped Cookbook (coming out Fall 2016)! Until then, this one will totally suffice and is one of my personal favorites inspired by my Chickpea Meatballs recipe I shared not too long ago. The patty is made from, well I think you guessed it, black beans! Black beans and legumes for that matter are a staple in my diet for their gut friendly fiber, protein, and minerals. An added bonus to pulses is their versatility, they can be blended and pureed and snuck into recipes without you knowing it. This burger is total bliss, the combination and burger as a whole is loaded with nutrition (of course), but also with flavor. The black bean patty tastes traditional in the sense of being plain with a hint of smoke like Worchester sauce then the added crunch of sliced radish, spicy grainy mustard, sweet pickles, sweet and tangy red onions, and fresh sprouts make this an amazing burger experience.
My favorite toppings and ones pictured here include naturally fermented bread and butter pickles, grainy mustard, sliced radish, caramelized red onion, and sprouts. I go a little heavy on mustard because that’s just me and it’s my absolute favorite condiment in.the.universe. You can also get a little funky and add some kimchi on top as well! To make the caramelized red onions, all you need is a skillet, 2 cups thinly sliced red onions cooking slowly on medium heat in a skillet for about 10 minutes before adding a pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon maple syrup then continue to cook for another 10 minutes until they’re slightly sweet and completely softened. Be sure your heat doesn’t go too high it’ll burn all the natural sugars you just worked so hard to release and develop! Any leftovers you have will keep in the fridge well for up to 1 week.
Black beans and all legumes for that matter are always stocked in my pantry and make for a great quick addition to any meal to instantly boost the fiber and protein– even when I’m in a bind I’ll use organic canned beans but ideally I like the process of soaking and sometimes sprouting legumes. This year, I’ll be showcasing several simple and delicious recipes based around the world of legumes! This has already been such a fun project to partner with the USA Pulses and Pulse Canada getting people excited and more involved with this affordable “superfood” and honestly, I’m excited for the challenge of incorporating beans and legumes in really fun and innovative ways to help inspire you in your kitchen as well. Fun fact: The United Nations has declared 2016 as the international year of the pulses, so much so that you can even take the Pulse Pledge.
Here’s a little tutorial on how I make the patties, look like patties! Hope it helps 🙂
Ingredients and products I used making this recipe that may help you too: griddle pan, silicone baking sheet, Liquid Smoke, fermented pickles, gluten free buns, sprouted wheat buns (if not gluten free), and kimchi if you go that route.
What burger style are you? Do you like “all the things” or keepin’ it plain and simple? Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve recipes for you. I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram!
This post was created in partnership with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada. All opinions and endorsements are my own. Thanks for supporting!