The BEST Black Bean Veggie burger! Thank goodness! What would we do without the endless possibilities that creating veggie burgers gives us. I mean, I have made so many different versions of black been burgers it makes my head spin just thinking about them all and I never felt like I landed on the perfect one! All that recipe testing and I ended up with so many burgers that were about an 8 but never a 10! Until now. Here is it! My very best and greatest food accomplishment. Finally, a burger worth sharing with you all that you absolutely must and I mean must try!
I ended up creating this recipe with ingredients I had in my fridge that I needed to use (ironic I know). I had previously thought about what I could include in a veggie burger recipe that would play on the fact that summer was over and fall is just beginning and incorporate ingredients that were both going out of style and just coming into their own( I love using seasonal produce since that is when it is the least expensive and tastes the best!). I thought of course corn and pumpkin, but do they really go well together? I guess so. I had been to the farmers market over the weekend and purchased this incredible corn relish that, in my opinion is something that definitely lives up to that “Pinch me good” taste. They also had these gorgeous pumpkins that I at first thought were acorn squash but was told they were pumpkins so that is what I am going with.
As soon as I locked eyes with these beauties I thought pumpkin ravioli for sure! Which I ended up making that night but I need to test the recipe a little more before I share it with you so it is coming soon once I perfect it. I promise.
I used the left over ravioli filling in this burger recipe and it was the perfect binding agent and also gave it a nice pumpkin flavor that seems like a hint of warmth in the burger that will leave you thinking, what is that amazing taste? And yes, combined with the flavor of the corn relish and the black beans it is perfection in a veggie burger.
I must add in a disclosure in case you try this recipe. Do not make this for anyone you don’t like because they will keep coming back for more! When I made this and tasted it, I was blown away and quite frankly a little surprised that with all the time I had spent in the past few years trying to come up with the prefect veggie burger recipe, I finally ended up with the best version ever on a whim trying to use up leftovers in my fridge. I guess I had been trying too hard. Well, I am fine with that if out of it all I was able to craft this majestic and delicious burger that will forever be my knight in shining burger armor.
The fact that it did not fall apart when I cut it and was just as sturdy and tasty as any meat based burger was just icing on the cake. Please try it out and let me know what you think!
- 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup pumpkin filling (see recipe below)
- 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 tablespoons corn relish (store bought or farmers market find)
- 2 tablespoons chopped white onion
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 small-medium roasted pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined into a creamy sauce. At this point it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days prior to use.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Spray a cookie sheet with the olive oil cooking spray
- Combine all of the burger ingredients into a food processor and pulse until fully combined.
- Spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with olive oil spray to prevent sticking and fill it with some of the burger mixture. Drop and press the mixture onto the cookie sheet and form into a circular burger shape. Continue until you have used all the mixture. It should yield 4 nice size burgers.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until they are golden brown. Do not overcook since this will cause them to dry out.
- Remove from oven and top with your favorite burger fixings or enjoy on top of a hearty green salad!