Vegan Black Bean Burgers


Good evening! I hope you are having a great Thursday. :)

I finished the Healthy Living Summit Glo Bars just in the nick of time today! They are currently on their merry way to Chicago!


This is what 230 Glo Bars looks like in a HUGE box! Luckily my strong baking arms had no problem carrying it.


Actually when I was packing up the box, I put too much crinkle paper in the bottom and the Glo Bars wouldn’t fit in the box. I had to empty it all out and start over. I was a bit flustered as I was just minutes away from the deadline.


I felt like I just dumped my Halloween Trick or treat loot. Too bad none of it was mine! ;)

Last night, I made Emily’s Vegan Black Bean Burgers that I have been eying for weeks now. They were really easy to throw together too…just the way I like it.


Emily’s Black Bean Burgers

Recipe from The Front Burner. The only changes I made were adding 1 chia egg and 1 minced garlic clove.


  • 2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup dry rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp ground chia + 3 tbsp warm water, mixed well)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


Directions: Preheat oven to 325F*.  Add carrots to food processor and process until finely grated. Next, add the oats and pepitas to your food processor and grind until coarsely chopped (they will still be a little chunky).  Let it run for roughly 10 seconds.  Add 3/4 of the beans, all spices, and the olive oil.  Process until lightly mixed. Spoon mixture into a mixing bowl and then mix in the rest of the beans.  Form into 6 medium sized patties.  Place patties on a lined baking pan, and bake at 325F  for 40 minutes, turning once very carefully after 20 minutes (note: The patties are fragile!).  Note: If you want to grill these, pre-bake them for 30 minutes at 300F, and then throw them on the grill to reheat and get a little extra browning.

*Note: I baked my burgers at 325F and not 300F as in the original recipe.

Meet the newest carrot from this week’s CSA…a little something I would like to call the TRIPOD CARROT:

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I wasn’t sure if this was equal to 1 carrot, 2 carrots, or 3….so I went with 2. =)

When I flipped the burgers after 20 minutes, a couple of them broke apart. I would suggest flipping them very carefully! However, once they were done cooking they held together pretty good.


When Eric got home from work, I had the cooked burgers sitting on the baking sheet. Shortly after, I asked Eric if he was ready to eat dinner, and he said:

“Oh is that what you made? I thought those were COOKIES!”

I laughed, “Really? Didn’t you think they smelled unusual for cookies?”

“I don’t know, but I didn’t think they looked like GOOD cookies.”

If I ever write a cookbook, I shall title it ‘Delicious Vegan Recipes…and $hit My Husband Says About Them’ ;)


He’s right, they do look like cookies though…!

Dinner tonight was a Black Bean Burger Ezekiel wrap…


Inside the wrap: 1 black bean burger, 1/2 avocado, 2 tomato slices, carrot slices, curly lettuce, spicy hummus, and freshly ground black pepper.


It was major.


We had our wraps with a delicious and colourful salad:


In the salad: Romaine, Tomato, Carrot, Avocado, Sesame seeds, and Better than bottled balsamic vinaigrette!


My sweet tooth is looking for a little something, so I might go raid my chocolate stash in a bit!

Ladies and gents- I finally found a salad spinner that works…


I have gone through SO many salad spinners over the years and all of them break. Well (*knock on wood) I found one that I love. The pump is so effortless to use! Finally a salad spinner I don’t feel like I am trying to start a lawnmower to use.

Meet the OXO 2 in 1 Salad Spinner:


It functions not only as a salad spinner, but as a beautiful steel serving bowl as well. I purchased it at William Sonoma with my gift card. Score.


Well my friends, I must say I am feeling really good tonight. Three big work items checked off my list and tomorrow is Friday! Eric and I are really excited about having our first Saturday free since June. It should be a great weekend.

Tonight’s question: Do you have an appliance or kitchen tool that you constantly battle with? What is it?

For me, aside from salad spinners (and previously, blenders!), my kitchen tool demise has always been CAN OPENERS. I don’t know what it is but I cannot find a good can opener for the life of me. We buy a new one and within a month it is on the fritz. We try different brands to no avail. Yesterday, Eric purchased this OXO brand so here’s hoping it works good! So far it works well…(famous last words in my kitchen!)

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow morning for a very special discussion on Happy Weights and an Operation Beautiful book giveaway!

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Amy Graves August 5, 2010

Just wanted to say thank you! This is the first time I have posted, but I have been reading your site for a few weeks now. I have made a couple recipes and am enjoying all your positive energy and inspiration!
Last night I made my first VOO with carob powder. I layered it with strawberries, crispy brown rice cereal and banana soft serve which I mixed with a blueberry coconut cream. It was so good! Thanks again!


Jen August 5, 2010

I JUST got myself an OXO salad spinner this weekend! I absolutely love that thing – and it keeps lettuce really fresh in the fridge too! I tore up three heads of romaine on Sunday and it’s STILL totally crisp and edible four days later. Best $35 I ever spent (I got the clear bowl cuz the stainless steel one was $80 at Home Outfitters). Happy salad spinning!


Lizzie August 5, 2010

IF you ever right a cookbook? (ahem) When you write a cookbook!! :)

We’re also having burgers tonight – but turkey, with a very similar salad and I am going to have a go at making your salt and vinegar chips. Hopefully they’ll be good – I might have to skip the sit for 30 minutes as it will be getting later. Excited to make them!


tanyasDailyProductReviews August 5, 2010

I want to make those black bean burgers..they look so good!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 5, 2010

i need a salad spinner like crazy…i could use the heck out of that thing! alas i’ve resorted to making my own salad spinner with a towel and standing in the garage so i don’t splatter water everywhere…


Sarah August 5, 2010

That carrot reminds me of Edward Scissor Hands or something!


Megan (Running Foodie) August 5, 2010

I love my OXO salad spinner too! I don’t have the stainless steel bowl, but the spinner mechanism is the same. I like to spin all of my lettuce when I get it home from the market and then I just store it in the bowl during the week!


ellen August 5, 2010

I’ll have to try those black bean burgers out – they look great. Do you think they’d freeze well? Maybe I’d mix them, mold them, the freeze and thaw and cook up later… hmmm…

Also, I LOVE oxo products. I’ve always had a good experience with any product I’ve gotten from them. They are high-quality and durable. :)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 5, 2010

oh yummo! But yes – they do kinda look like cookies hehe


Dawn August 5, 2010

In my experience, OXO products are the way to go – easy to use, durable, and well-priced. I hope the can opener does the trick for you! My fiance has one of the can openers that makes a clean edge (takes the whole top of the can off) and I cannot for the life of me figure it out. I stick to my good old ragged edge-producing one, because I can work it.

Quick question – what’s a chia egg? I’m guessing it’s just a mixture of chia seeds and water?


AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

Yeeeeep 1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water mixed together


Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 5, 2010

Your CSA sure have some hybrid veggies. Each have their own personalities.

Whenever I cooked vegan dishes for my fiance and I, he would say….while actually eating the dish, “Hmm, yummy, I can see myself eating that”. Then I think to myself, “and what exactly are you doing now?”


Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 5, 2010

REALLY? No one is going to go there with THAT CARROT?
Don’t make me.


angie August 5, 2010

i thought it but was too shy to have it be my first comment on this blog. :p

in the meantime, i’ll mention my problems with finding a mandolin that won’t take my thumbs off.


christina cadden August 5, 2010

mm, looks so good!


erica August 5, 2010

hahaha. i love that title!
they do kinda look like cookies. and i think i’m gonna look into that oxo salad spinner!


Amanda @ Vegacious August 5, 2010

Just made black bean burgers last night! And froze a bunch for easy meals. :) YUMMY!!!


Bridget August 5, 2010

I could not agree with you any more about salad spinners and can openers! I hate it when I’m trying to open a can, but the opener doesn’t want to go fully around or attach onto the rim….urgh!!! Tis’ a real pain in the butt.

That is the cutest little carrot :) I love it when I come across quirky produce. So much more fun to eat that way!


Stacey@ August 5, 2010

Thanks for the recipe. I really want to try these.


Amanda August 5, 2010

The can opener is also the bane of my existence, doesn’t matter what type it is I always struggle to use it


holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 5, 2010

I would buy your cookbook in a heartbeat!

I agree with Eric, the burgers totally look like cookies! Good job getting your bars done, I only wish I was going to the summit to get one in my swag bag!

I’m enjoying a piece of your Mexican Tortilla Pie right now — what a great recipe! Thank you!


Pam August 5, 2010

Stopping by your blog always makes me happy! : )

Love the “$hit my husband says”, so cute.

I’m always wrestling with my food processor. My first one was an ancient hand-me-down, & so loud I needed earplugs. The new one is too small, and not powerful enough. And just like the old one, I’m constantly having to stop it to manipulate the contents to get it to mix. Is that normal? Such a pain! I would love a large, powerful one that whips up my creations with ease. *sigh* Some day.


AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

I have to keep stopping and manipulating the contents in my brand new kitchen aid (12 cup!!!) so I assume its normal. Or maybe I just have bad luck with KA.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 5, 2010

I have a love/hate relationship with food processors. I’ve only had it work correctly on me once when I was chopping up carrots for father’s day carrot cake cupcakes and that has been it. So mostly a hate. lol.


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 5, 2010

Those burgers look great! I love black bean burgers…I bet the cinnamon gives it a nice warm flavor =)


Allison August 5, 2010

The last time I made Emily’s vegan bean burgers my dad made the same comment! He said ” What are you making there? Chocolate chip cookies??” I just ignored him and piled them on my dinner plate. He said “You’re eating those cookies for dinner?!!!” .. ugh men….haha!


Ruth August 5, 2010

I had a plastic OXO spinner but it was accidentally melted on the stove! I miss it so. My greatest kitchen tool challenge is also OXO (unusual because I love the brand). Their julienne peeler is very difficult to work with! I poke myself with it every time I use it. I still use a manual can opener though. It’s just a few dollars to replace one when one breaks!


Amy @, a.musing August 5, 2010

I have a Starfrit can opener and haven’t had any problems with it – I really like it! Blenders are a pain in the asteroid, but I don’t use it very often. I normally just use my Kitchenaid food processor, which is my favouritest thing in the kitchen! :) Tongs drive me nuts too cause they’re never even and don’t pick anything up. lol


Amy @, a.musing August 5, 2010
Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 5, 2010

We ALSO had problems with can openers….I have purchased fancy ones, plain ones, electric ones and all of them lasted less than a couple of months. My husband finally got fed up and purchased an OXO brand and it’s been great! Hopefully you’ll have just as good of luck with yours!


Callie August 5, 2010

Wow. That’s a LOT of Glo bars. :) And one interesting tripod carrot.
Can openers also drive me nuts. I guess I just never got the hang of using them. My blender hasn’t given me any problems…yet. It’s a Kitchenaid one.


Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 5, 2010

Can’t wait to try those Glo Bars at the HLS!
Also, I’m with you on the can opener – probably the only kitchen tool/appliance that I’ve had break on me a million times over. The hubby and I decided to just register for a super nice one for our wedding! It works like a charm.



Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' August 5, 2010

I’ve had terrible luck with salad spinners, too! I have a gift card to Williams Sonoma burning a hole in my pocket… so I think I know what I’m going to get now! Thanks for sharing!! :)

My old blender used to drive me BONKERS, but ever since I got my Vita-Mix I have no complaints in that department anymore!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 5, 2010

hahaha! PERFECT name for a cookbook!! Which you should definitely write. You’d be a jack of all trades author, a baker, an amazing cook, and of course half of a fantastic couple :) They do look like cookies, though..with beans as the chocolate chips. :P


Meghann August 5, 2010
McKella August 5, 2010

That is a wonderful name for a cookbook. I’d buy it:)


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 5, 2010

Oh my goodness, 230 bars? Plus the ones you made yesterday?? You are a baking beast!


Meghann August 5, 2010

Oops! Sorry I meant to post a link to the “smooth edge” can opener not the jar opener. The can opener can be found under the kitchenware tab on the pampered chef website though.


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 5, 2010

I agree with you, can openers are the devil :( I seem to fight with my food processor the most, though!


Shanna, Like Banana August 5, 2010

My blender is a thorn in my side! It was rather pricey and doesn’t do squat! I think I may throw it out the window one of these days ;)

That carrot is disturbing, btw ;)


Lauren August 5, 2010

I always brawl with the food processor. I can never get the lid on right and when I do, then I can never get the darn thing off. It usually pricks me with the awkward blades and I hate lugging the thing out of the box, but on the turn side, I love the end results that it gives me.


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 5, 2010

It’s true, they do look like cookies. :)

I am constantly battling with my blender. I know I’ll get a Vita soon (can’t live without it anymore… I need to make my own almondmilk!!) but I keep expecting this baby to do more than it can. :( I don’t hate it, and will keep it for quick fruit smoothies, but sometimes I wish it would toughen up!


Kelly at Local Foodie FIght August 5, 2010

Hehehe I love when carrots are like that. Cracks me up. You can only get ’em like that from the little farms! :)


Leah August 5, 2010

I used to have an OXO can opener, and it worked great for almost three years, at which point the gears stopped “catching” so it wouldn’t go around the edge of the lid anymore. I just got a Pyrex can opener and I LOVE it.


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