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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1 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!


2 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!


3 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!


4 tanyasDailyProductReviews August 5, 2010

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


5 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…


6 Sarah August 5, 2010

That carrot reminds me of Edward Scissor Hands or something!


7 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!


8 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. :)


9 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 5, 2010

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


10 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?


11 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

Yeeeeep 1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water mixed together


12 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?”


13 Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 5, 2010

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


14 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.


15 christina cadden August 5, 2010

mm, looks so good!


16 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!


17 Amanda @ Vegacious August 5, 2010

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


18 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!


19 Stacey@ August 5, 2010

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


20 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


21 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!


22 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.


23 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.


24 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.


25 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 =)


26 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!


27 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!


28 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


29 Amy @, a.musing August 5, 2010
30 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!


31 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.


32 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.



33 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!


34 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


35 Meghann August 5, 2010
36 McKella August 5, 2010

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


37 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 5, 2010

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


38 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.


39 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!


40 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 ;)


41 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.


42 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!


43 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! :)


44 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.


45 Crystal August 5, 2010

the only canopener that I have ever used that works is one I found at a garage sale. It is huge and heavy, but it gets the job done!


46 Run Sarah August 5, 2010

Those burgers look awesome! I struggle with salad spinners too – I wish they sold mini ones because mine is so cumbersome to drag out if I’m making a single serve salad. My starfrit can opener works great – I had so many problems in the past but this one has lasted years.


47 Kelly August 5, 2010

Hmm I like my kitchenaide can opener. It’s basic.

I love when Eric says things about your cooking so I hope you do write a cookbook like that haha. And they do sort of look like cookies haha so I can see it!


48 Maya August 5, 2010

I’ve had those black bean burgers and they are delicious! Actually, they remind me of your In A Jiffy burgers. Both recipes are tasty!

Our salad spinner has gone to $hit. It’s plastic and has a big ol crack down the side…but it still works, though I’d like a snazzy one like yours!


49 Jenn @ So Very Fit August 5, 2010

It’s funny you mention you have a hard time with can openers. The one I have, I got at the grocery store for $0.99 maybe 6 years ago and it’s still works perfectly, never had a problem with it!


50 Blythe August 5, 2010

I stumbled across your blog while looking for information on negative splits and I have been hooked ever since. Your recipes are delicious and so easy to make….I made my husband banana soft serve tonight with cocoa powder and peanut butter and we both loved it!!
Keep up the good work!!


51 Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace August 5, 2010

Teehee, like Rhea’s response cause I was so thinking the same thing…! I have a salad spinner but it sucks, cheapy one from Avon. I might have to check out these OXO products you ladies speak of.

Yummy, love black bean burgers but the hubby doesn’t like beans so I don’t think I can disguise them well like the Jiffy spelt burgers unless I food process the heck out of those black beans so that they don’t look like black beans…doh!

I don’t really have kitchen tool that I contend with a lot, however our dishwasher has room to be desired, so that will be a new applicance purchase for 2011.


52 Wei-Wei August 5, 2010

I won’t lie – that carrot freaks me out. They do look like cookies, but I guess that’s just another awesome thing about it ;)



53 Kate August 5, 2010

I always have issues with pealers…for some reason I just can’t ever seem to get them to work well enough to peal ANYTHING no matter how smooth it is!
I absolutely adore your food photos…you take great photos that alwasy make me so hungry! :)


54 Nicole @ August 5, 2010

I’ve been meaning to try Emily’s black bean recipe. I had a kamut-quinoa burger this week at a local restaurant and it was AMAZING. I want to figure out the recipe.

I also plan to make your carrot cake power scuffins this week…I’m so excited!!


55 Ruby red August 5, 2010

That’s funny, when I saw them on Emily’s and Kath’s blogs, I always thought those burger patties looked like cookies too!! Loooooove your future cookbook title. I really want to make them, though. Any recipe has me at the word ‘pepita’!


56 Dee August 5, 2010

you and your husband are SO cute together! Cool salad spinner! I will need to check that out!


57 Cynthia (It All Changes) August 5, 2010

Those bean burgers look like carrots. But I love having a new bean burger recipe to try. Making my own at home keeps me away from the stuff that makes me sick.


58 Allison @ Food For Healing August 5, 2010

they kind of DO look like cookies, and good ones haha but once you know they are burgers then its all good, they still look so yummy.
Yesterday i made portabella burgers, they were awesome, and even more simple! *wrote about it on the blog yesterday*


59 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe August 5, 2010

I have had the oxo can opener for 4 years, and it’s still going strong! So, I guess we’re about to find out if it’s the can openers that are the problem or you! lol. :)

I’m so excited for your post tomorrow – it’s sure to be inspiring!

And congrats on getting your bar orders completed – that’s impressive! I can already taste it…


60 Jolene ( August 6, 2010

My zester and I don’t get along :-)


61 Becki @ HikeBikeEat August 6, 2010

I love that book title. I would most definitely buy it :)


62 Violetta Bourassa August 6, 2010

My Jack Lalayne Juicer drives me nuts. Once I get it going it’s great, but it has to have everything tightened just so and it has a ton of parts. I at least have to set it up twice each time I use it. And when I tighten the screen thing on it I can never get it off. So I always have to have my husband around to help me. Over all its way to much work to make a glass of juice.


63 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 6, 2010

Holy moly that’s a lot of Glo Bars – wow!!


64 Mimi August 6, 2010

I can’t live without my salad spinner, but when I first got it, my roommate actually had to show me how it works!
P.S. Book marking the burger recipe. Those sounds delicious!


65 Leah August 6, 2010

Thanks for the burger recipe! I have some black beans soaking right now… this is perfect!


66 Marina August 6, 2010

I love black bean burgers, but they are always falling apart when I make them :/
Me and my waffle maker just don’t go well together :D


67 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini August 6, 2010

Let me know when you write that book – I would definitely have some input for it! Himself is sooo like Eric it’s scary!!


68 Ashley S August 6, 2010

Got the same salad spinner at Bed Bath and Beyond, LOVE it!


69 Jennifer August 6, 2010

That is too funny! My husband says the same thing about those black bean burgers when I make them. I think next time I have them, I will probably reduce the cinnamon.
I have the most difficult time with our Brita water pitcher. We just replaced it and for some reason the new one we have now does not get along with me. My husband claims that he never has any trouble with it, but I think he is just afraid to fess up!!!!


70 Michelle August 6, 2010

I just made Emily’s recipe for the black bean burgers the other night! My husband thought they had too much cinnamon but other than that they turned out great! By the way, I have LOVED every recipe of yours I’ve tried… I’m going on week 4 of no meat and almost completely vegan diet and your site has helped me in so many ways. You are a great inspiration to us all :)


71 Sabina August 6, 2010

I have an OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner too. I’ve had it for … 8 years and it’s still going strong! It’s so versatile: spin greens, herbs, you name it. It’s also great for cleaning spinach.

Kitchen tool that I fight with the most? That has to be our oven. The temperature never stays constant and it has quite distinct hot spots. It makes baking a challenge.


72 Kendra August 6, 2010

Those black bean burgers sound really good. I might try making those.

I think that if I wrote a cookbook it would have to have some ridiculous name like “How to make healthy eating not suck” creative, huh?


73 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

hahah love that!


74 JT August 6, 2010

I perused the other posts a little…just a heads up for ya….don’t put the bowl of the salad spinner in the dishwasher. That’s how I melted mine :(:( And to this day I have not bought another one, I am still grieving LOL It was a super spinner. I still use the inside part and shake, doesn’t work quite so well. Maybe I should check the temp on our water tank or something LOL!


75 Mikki August 6, 2010

Ummm I thought they looked like cookies too! Nice chocolatey ones… thank goodness he didn’t sneak one expecting one thing and getting another…BEANY! Our can opener is the under $10 white Starfrit one, works great…stand up to lots of abuse and it’s entertaining watching my sister try to use it since it attaches a little differently to the can. But I loooooove OXO brand stuff… great and well made. Congrats on hitting your deadline and enjoy your Saturday.


76 Gabriela B. August 7, 2010

Hey Angie!
I’m in love with the quality of pictures! Although I’m not a food blogger I’m pretty into photography and so I was wondering if you could tell me what camera do you use and what lenses you are using also. thanks! :)

ps: eric sounds hilarious! I always get a kick our of his comments haha


77 Christina Keenan August 9, 2010

I made these black bean burgers last night and just tried one for my lunch. I put it on an Ezekiel wrap with hummus, pineapple salsa and baby spinach. It was to die for!!!! I can’t wait to have it again!!!


78 shaw August 18, 2010

I just made them last night. There were yummy. They smell so good while you are making them, I ate some before even cooking them. After they first come out of the oven they are very crumbly but after awhile they get to be just like cookies! I have to try them on the grill one day. I can’t wait


79 Julia October 23, 2012

I made a variation of these burgers last night (they turned out great-thanks for the recipe). My boyfriend commented that they looked “weird” and when I explained it was the oatmeal, he started calling these “breakfast burgers”. Men are all alike!


80 Lindsay Callon November 29, 2012

Thank you so much for the black bean burger recipe. I’ve made these twice now and they are, by far, the best vegan burgers I’ve ever had! My non-vegan friends and family agree :)


81 lauren August 25, 2013

These were AMAZING! I added spinach to the mixture. Thanks!


82 Dawn April 12, 2014

Hi Angela-
I have never in my life written on a blog before, but after stumbling upon your site, I’m on it everyday. I Love it. I’ve never enjoyed food prep or cooking until now.
Although, I know you get hundreds of questions & comments daily & could never reply to all, I have a question that I would love you to answer if you could:
If you had to buy regular store brands of lettuce, greens, strawberries, etc. (not organic), what would you use to wash them? Would you still use just water or is there something you could add (vinegar?) to remove more of the pesticides.
Thanks so much!


83 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2014

Hi Dawn,

I found this and it seems to have good reviews? let me know if you try it out!


84 Dawn April 14, 2014

Great! I used vinegar and water once, but will certainly try adding salt.
Thanks so much.


85 Expat chic June 9, 2016

For those of us who live in countries where canned goods aren’t as readily available, it would be extremely helpful if you’d put actual measurements instead of writing “2 cans of….” I’d love to make these but have no idea how many black beans to use!


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