These are the best gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan black bean burgers ever! Not only are they an easy homemade recipe, they work for the grill, too!
Um, why are veggie burgers sooooo expensive at that store? Last time I bought some, I paid close to $6 for 4 patties. That is just insane to me!
Because I love black bean burgers (and saving money) so much, I figured I better start making my own.
The first time I made these, they were mushy as heck! Thanks to Sally @ Sally’s Baking Addiction, I learned the secret to making non-mushy black bean burgers = roasting the black beans. Doing so partially dries them out, giving them a much better texture for these burgers.
Now, these vegan black bean burgers are my new favorite lunch! Not only are they really healthy, they are so easy to just pop in the microwave for the baby or heat up on the stove!
Healthy Vegan Black Bean Burgers
Yep, another healthy recipe from The Oregon Dietitian!
Seriously though, these are incredibly healthy! I mean, you can see the green spinach, the orange sweet potato, and the oats, too! There’s something so satisfying about being able to see the individual ingredients in a “processed” food.
Make with black beans, sweet potato, spinach, oats, and nutritional yeast, these black burgers are completely vegan and packed with nutrition. All the fiber in them keeps us full, too! Add in all the spices and soy sauce, and you’ve got a flavor-loaded veggie patty!
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These patties are totally freezer friendly for up to 3 months. Simply bake them in the oven as directed, then freeze in an airtight container.
To keep the veggie burgers from sticking to each other in the freezer, I cut up squares of parchment paper to put in between them (similar to the way slices of cheese are packaged). It worked like a charm!
When ready to heat them up, you can go directly from frozen! Either saute on medium or grill for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway. Or, even easier, microwave from frozen for 1 minute. It’s up to you!
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Like I said before, regular veggie burgers can be expensive as heck! Making your own is so much cheaper!
This recipe makes 12-14 patties, and costs roughly $9.36 or $.78 per veggie patty. I’ve NEVER seen a veggie patty for that cheap at the store! Yay for home cooking!
Vegan Black Bean Burgers w/Sweet Potato
- 4 ½ cups cooked black beans or 3 cans drained and rinsed
- 3 medium sweet potato peeled and diced in ½ inch cubes
- 1 cup dry rolled oats
- 6 cups fresh spinach
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- ⅓ cup ground flax
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp dry sage
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos
- Preheat oven to 350°. On a lined baking sheet, spread black beans in an even layer. Set aside. On a separate, lined (and slightly greased) baking sheet, spread diced sweet potatoes in an even layer.
- Place the black beans and the sweet potatoes on the center-most racks in the oven at the same time. Roast both for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, pull the black beans out of the oven and allow to cool slightly. Continue to roast the sweet potatoes for another 5 minutes, then allow to cool slightly.
- Turn the oven up to 375°. Place the black beans and the oats in a food processor. Pulse 3-4 times until the black beans are cut into thirds. Empty into a large mixing bowl.
- Place the sweet potatoes and spinach in the food processor. Pulse until the spinach is cut into small pieces and the sweet potatoes are minced. Empty into the large mixing bowl with the black bean mixture.
- Add remaining ingredients to the large bowl and mix until well combined. I usually use my hands for this part, it's much easier to get everything evenly distributed!
- Form 12-14 patties that are about ½ inch thick. Place on a GREASED baking pan (I just use the same pan I used for the sweet potatoes) and roast at 375° for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Use within 5 days if stored in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- After following all instructions, place black bean burgers in a freezer-safe, airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. I like to cut up squares of parchment to put in between the patties so they don't stick together.
- To heat, simply take a frozen patty and saute on medium or grill for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway. Or, microwave from frozen for 1 minute.
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