Black Bean Veggie Burgers {vegan, gluten free option}

Last week, I set out to make Angela’s veggie burgers. But I have the inability to follow a recipe so I didn’t actually follow it. Oops or not oops. I honestly don’t remember the last time I followed a recipe to a T. Oh wait, scratch that, I do! Morganne’s Chunky Monkey Fudge!!! I followed that exactly and it’s delicious. Hmmm maybe I should follow recipes more often.

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Anyways, I digress. I usually change a billion and one things. Firstly, I try to make it easier. As you know, I am so not a complex cooker. Too many steps? Forget it. Too many ingredients? See ya latah.

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So I change things around a bit. Next, I go off of what ingredients I have or don’t have. Don’t have fresh parsley? Use dried. Don’t have bread crumbs? Use almond meal. Sure I could go to the store but realistically I am not leaving the kitchen so I improvise.

Sometimes this turns out terribly. Sometimes it works. When it works, it makes it on the blog. When it doesn’t, it makes it in my stomach — unless it is seriously inedible.

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These burgers are pretty delicious if I do say so myself — and I obviously have Angela to thank for getting me started. I changed a bit of this a bit of that — like adding more beans and veggies for a bit more heartiness and baking them (nope they aren’t dry).

Okay you have to know that these burgers are good because I woke up one morning last week and had it for breakfast! Who am I?! I am calling this Crossfit cravings…

Anyways I am going to stop rambling and hope you make and enjoy these delish veggie burgers. If you want to make them gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free oat flour (or make your own oat flour by processing GF oats until flour-like) and GF bread crumbs.


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Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Adapted from Oh She Glows

Ingredients (Makes 7 burgers)

  • 2 tbsp. ground flax
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) black beans (about 1 3/4 cups), drained, rinsed and mashed with a fork
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I processed 1.5 pieces of whole wheat Ezekiel bread until crumbly)
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

2. Combine ground flax and water in a small bowl and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine black beans, carrots, sunflower seeds, oat flour and bread crumbs. Set aside.

4. In a small skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onions and garlic until onions are soft.

5. Add onions and garlic to the black bean mixture.

6. Add soy sauce, chilli powder, cumin and oregano to mixture and mix well.

7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. With slightly wet hands, shape dough into patties and place on baking sheet. Pack dough tightly as this will help it stick together. I made 7 patties 1/3 cup in size.

9. Bake for 36 minutes… flipping halfway through (18 minutes per side).

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Do you prefer to make up your own recipes/wing it or follow someone else’s? 


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28 thoughts on “Black Bean Veggie Burgers {vegan, gluten free option}

  1. It depends sometimes I like to alter recipes if I don’t love all the ingredients or don’t have everything on hand. Sometimes too I will look at a few recipes of the same kind and mix them all together, like cherry pick the parts I like :)

    These burgers look delicious. I wish my stomach was on board with beans again!

  2. Oh yum, these look so good! I’m still learning how to experiment in the kitchen. For a while, I was afraid to change the recipe at all. But you’re right, the worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work. Can’t wait to try these!

  3. Ahhh these look so good! I love alllllll kinds of burgers. I also rarely follow a recipe to a T because I don’t want to go to the grocery store to get missing ingredients, meaning the recipes only sometimes turn out haha.

  4. I rarely follow recipes to a T! Sometimes I get lazy and don’t want to pull out (and consequently clean) the measuring spoons/cups so I just “eyeball it”. Ha! I LOVE that you followed my fudge recipe to a T though! :) And thank you for sharing it!! I will be making these burgers after my whole 30 I am sure!

  5. I’ll have to show my roomie this. She is veggie and is always really interested in veggie burger recipes (Not that I’m not, but ya know what I mean!). I think the addition of sunflower seeds in these is really interesting but I bet it adds a cool texture.

  6. Looks delicious, I can’t wait to try them out! I absolutely love black bean burgers, especially since I starting eating mostly vegan!

  7. Of course, I’m exactly the same way! SOME recipes I follow exactly, but most of the time I adapt to what I have on hand or what I want nutritionally or what I prefer! These look great – I love having veggie burgers on hand to freeze and heat up for a quick meal!

  8. I’m good at following recipes but I’m like you – halfway through I don’t have something and I’m not going to go buy it so I improvise. Unless I’m making something for my blog, I’m also awful at measuring… I eye-ball everything. Such is why I’ll never remember the recipe for my insanely delicious black bean brownies.

  9. These look great! Now that I am loving veggie burgers, I’ll have to give it a try! What I like about these is that it looks like they actually stick together and aren’t TOO sticky. In the past, I’ve had trouble with them being sticky and not cooking thoroughly.

  10. Yum! These look delicious! I love finding new veggie burger recipes; I definitely want to give this one a try. I am bad at following recipes too. I end up not having a few things so I think, “why not use whatever I have instead?” Most of the time it works, and sometimes I wonder if it would have been better otherwise. :)

  11. I tend not to follow recipes exactly either, simply because I don’t have everything!! :)
    These burgers look tasty and I like the sunflower seeds in them. Nice touch! I’ve made a veggie burger once and it was a complete fail so maybe these would be more up my alley!

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