Burgers! If you know anything about me, you will know that I am a burger addict (Jit is too!) and my mission in life is to create the best veggie and vegan burgers known to mankind! These vegan Broccoli and Black Bean Burgers, I have to say, are pretty high up on my list of amazing ones and it is jam-packed with protein and flavour. Plus, they are amazing cold the next day too.
I have no idea where the idea came from, but when I was doing the meal plan the other week, I just fancied doing some broccoli burgers of some kind and doing it with black bean seemed like the most alliterated option. Not only do they taste good, but they sound good too! They are easier than you think to make as well because you can blitz things up in your food processor (I used my small Kenwood one)
The best thing about this meal is that you can cook both the burgers and the chips at the same time for perfect results without a lot of faff or washing up. I certainly love dinners like that – even though I don’t do the washing up. 😉
There are some special ingredients in this burger like Vital Wheat Gluten and Nutritional Yeast, but if you’re getting into making your food at home from fresh and will be trying out my (soon to come) seitan recipes, then getting some in would be a good shout.
These burgers are moist, stick together and perfectly plump making them filling and also big enough to fill the bun. Don’t you hate it when you have loads of bread and very little burger?
Broccoli Black Bean Burgers
1 small head of broccoli, florets blitzed in a food processor (save the stalk to snack on another time)
2 cups of cooked black beans (I cook 1 cup in my pressure cooker which makes enough)
1 small onion, blitzed in the food processor
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
1.2 cup oats,
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
3 large potatoes cut into 1/2 in chips
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
Burger buns, salad and condiments of your choosing. We had Emmenthal cheese, little gem lettuce, tomatoes and mayo in seeded buns
Heat the oven to 200 C and prepare a large baking tray for the middle shelf
Blitz the broccoli florets in batches and add to a large bowl
Blitz the onions and add to the same bowl
Add to the same bowl the cooked black beans
Press the black beans into the mixture with the back of a fork, mushing them up and leaving some larger – this gives it a better texture
Add to the mixture the vital wheat gluten, oats and nutritional yeast and mix thoroughly. I find that my hands work for this as you want to kind of knead the mixture to get the gluten working
Divide the burger mixture into four and make into patties, set aside while you prepare your chips
Pop your cut potatoes into a bowl big enough to move them about in
Add the olive oil and smoked paprika and with your hands turn all the chips until they are covered in the spicy mixture
Place the burgers and chips onto the oven tray with space around them
Pop the tray into the oven and bake for 45 minutes, turning the burgers once around half way through
Prepare you buns and salad and serve with your favourite sauces
Everything came out just as I had hoped and they were almost better the next day too!
I often make burgers when either Jit or I are going on a train trip as they are easy to package up and take with you as well as a lovely treat to have on the train. You should see some of the envious looks we get when pull these out in comparison to the £10 soggy sandwiches. (to be fair, it has been so long since I have eaten train food that I can’t really judge)
TIP! When you’re packaging up your burger for the next day, make sure that you slip the tomato between two waterproof layers to make sure that your bread doesn’t get soggy. In this burger, I used some burger cheese and the lettuce to protect the bun.
I always prepare my burgers in the same way as I do for Jit, even though I am at home. It makes lunching so much easier and if I do decide to go out to work somewhere or go on a walk or a hike, I can just pick up my lunch and go for it. So much simpler than preparing lunch twice (once in the morning for Jit and then again at midday for me)
I have to say that Broccoli and Black Bean Burgers are definitely one of the best burgers that I have ever made and tasted! Give it a go and let me know what you think about it!
Is it bad to have burgers every week?
Do you love burgers as much as we do? What are your favourite types of burger toppings?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂
- 1 small head of broccoli, florets blitzed in a food processor (save the stalk to snack on another time)
- 2 cups of cooked black beans (I cook 1 cup in my pressure cooker which makes enough)
- 1 small onion, blitzed in the food processor
- 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1.2 cup oats,
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 large potatoes cut into 1/2 in chips
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Burger buns, salad and condiments of your choosing. We had emmenthal cheese, little gem lettuce, tomatoes and mayo in seeded buns)
- Heat the oven to 200 C and prepare a large baking tray for the middle shelf
- Blitz the broccoli florets in batches and add to a large bowl
- Blitz the onions and add to the same bowl
- Add to the same bowl the cooked black beans
- Press the black beans into the mixture with the back of a fork, mushing them up and leaving some larger – this gives it a better texture
- Add to the mixture the vital wheat gluten, oats and nutritional yeast and mix thoroughly. I find that my hands work for this as you want to kind of knead the mixture to get the gluten working
- Divide the burger mixture into four and make into patties, set aside while you prepare your chips
- Pop your cut potatoes into a bowl big enough to move them about in
- Add the olive oil and smoked paprika and with your hands turn all the chips until they are covered in the spicy mixture
- Place the burgers and chips onto the oven tray with space around them
- Pop the tray into the oven and bake for 45 minutes, turning the burgers once around half way through
- Prepare you buns and salad and serve with your favourite sauces
I read this whilst eating a double cheese burger.
Great post and a amazing unique recipe.
Cheers, Carl! You’re on lunch nice and early, but who can blame you when there’s a burger to be eaten?!
I’m a complete burger addict as well! Not tried many veggie options but this looks lovely – might have to make them this weekend x
*high five* fellw burger fiend! If you’re looking for veggie versions, I’m going to get more up over the coming months as I perfect them 😀 x
I’ve never thought to make burgers with anything over than meat before, these sound great. Jo x
There are really some amazing veggie versions – keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be adding more over the months x
I’m drooling… these look so good!! Can you come live with me and cook me yummy vegan food? Going to pin this!
Yay! I’m glad you like them and thanks for pinning, Tamsin! Haha! I’d love to, but I think my other half and cats might miss me too much 😉 xx
Just looking at the picture you cant tell that this is vegan burger, I am impressed at how similar it looks to the meaty version.
Thanks, Anosa! It really does look pretty ‘meaty’, doesn’t it -after it is cooked, anyway 😀
What an interesting way to make healthier burgers! Yummy xx
Thanks, Kathryn 😀 xx
Ohh what an interesting sounding burger – I have to admit I wouldn’t automatically just eat something like this but I am now tempted to try it. x
Yay, Sarah! I’m glad that I’ve been able to tempt you! There really are some amazing veggie/vegan burgers out there 😀 x
ooo i love black bean and broccoli. another recipe for me to try
Nicol, I reckon you’ll love them as you’re a fan of black beans and broccoli too 😀
This is my kind of meal! It just goes to show that veggie burgers are definitely not boring.
They definitely aren’t! There are some bland one out there but then there are amazing ones like this one (if I might say so myself) 😉
I love a good burger so will I have to try these!
Yes! Do try them, Hannah and let me know how you get on 😀
I absolutely love the sounds of this! Definitely going to give this a try
Thanks, Tara! I hope you love them as much as we do!
Well you have definitely got my attention with this burger and I love the added slabs of cheese ha x
Ha! Excellent! The cheese slabs in this one are Emmenthal so nice and gooey when melted 😀
What a nice sounding veggie burger, definitely going to give these a go x
yay, Rhian! Let me know how you get on! xx
That’s a good tip about tomatoes – I hate the way they go soggy in bread
Yeah, it is so disappointing when you get your sandwich and it is all soggy! 😀
Even tho these use ingredients that i woldnt normally use tbey look amazing! I wohld never think to take them on the train. Great idea!
Thanks, Nikki! We find that they are excellent for the train as they are tasyt, filing and easy to eat in a small space 😀
These sound absolutely delicious, I love black beans and broccoli so these are definitely something I will be making! I have bookmarked your page for future reference xx
Thanks for the bookmark, Charli! I’m sure you’ll love them when you try them 😀 xx
This sounds like a really unique and interesting recipe. I do love a good burger, but I have never thought of taking them to eat out! What a great idea!
Eating them out is like a special uber sandwich! 😀
These look fab. I love broccoli but never thought of using it in things like burgers, what a great idea! x
Thanks, Kirstie. Broccoli helps give them that added protein boost too which is a bonus 😀 x
I have never tried black bean burgers yet. I should because I’m starting to eat less and less meat so that could be a great idea to include them in my cheeseburgers!
Black beans are amazing and have a great flavour and texture too. Well done on reducing your meat consumption too. Take a browse around my blog, I’m sure you’ll find something nice to help you with it too 😀 x
I would never have thought of putting these two ingredients together, but they sound and look amazing! Another one for my recipe collection
Glad you can add to your recipe collection, Tanya 🙂 They go so well together 🙂
ooh these look lush! I love to give meat a miss every now and again so these would be a delicious replacement xxx
That’s great that you give meat a miss now and then, laura and yes, these will be a perfect alternative for you 😀 xxx
It sounds REALLY good and we love the fact that they taste pretty decent the day afterwards cold xx
Oh they are SO delicious the next day. We have been reminiscing over how good they taste recently 😀 xx
These look great, I’m always trying to make a veggie burger but they never quite work out for me!
What do you find doesn’t work for you, Ali? Perhaps I can give you some tips? This one is pretty simple so hopefully it works out for you 🙂
I love making my own burgers. These look yummy!
I tend not to go for vegetarian options when making food, simply because I really enjoy eating meat. These look so much yummier than I anticipated though and I’d definitely give them a try. 😀
I’m glad that these are tempting you to try the veggie ones, Ashton. They really are packed with flavour and texture, unlike many veggie options out there that are soggy and tasteless 😀 x
These look really lovely and tasty, I like the addition of the broccoli.
These sound and look incredible, I’m a bit of a self confessed bean lover and make a lot of meals with them instead of meat. But I’ve not come across a burger recipe without meat that I enjoy so I will have to give these a go.
Yay, another bean fan! Georgia, I hope you like these as much as we do. Let me know how you get on 😀 x