Friday, February 25, 2011

Black Bean & Oatmeal Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Mayo (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Though I'm not a vegetarian, I do enjoy a lot of meatless dishes, including vegetarian "burgers". I do NOT like the frozen, pre-packaged ones available at the store, though. Considering how easy and quickly homemade meatless burgers can be made, I can't imagine paying so much for what is STILL a processed food (seriously, look at the ingredients for Boca & MorningStar). I love black bean burgers since they still have such a meaty flavor, but without any meat at all! 

This recipe is not only delicious, healthy (low GI!!) and filling, but very budget friendly. If you have a food processor, you can have the burgers and the mayo on the table in minutes. The burgers are vegan, but the mayo is not; you could easily use vegenaise or hummus instead. 

I like to serve these on wheat sandwich thins, topped with avocado, sprouts, or a simple slice of tomato. 

Black Bean & Oatmeal Burgers
adapted from Carrie Leber

1 15oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes w/ green chilies (Rotel)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp onion powder
2 scallions, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick or instant)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Process the beans, tomatoes, garlic, onion powder, scallions, carrots and cilantro in a food processor until well-blended. Fold in oats and stir to combine. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet.

Not very visually appealing....

The oats help a little...

I actually had 8 patties, but I froze the other two. 

For broiling, I transferred these to a non-Silpat lined baking sheet. 

Bake patties for 10 minutes, then turn on the broiler and toast for 2 minutes. IF USING A SILPAT, REMOVE IT BEFORE BROILING - broiling WILL ruin a Silpat. Serve atop buns with cilantro-lime mayo or desired spread. 

My sprouts were looking a bit past their prime, so I settled for some nice Bibb lettuce. 

Cilantro-Lime Mayo
adapted from Epicurious

1 cup cilantro, chopped
3 Tbsp lime juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp hot sauce
3/4 cup mayonnaise

Combine the cilantro, lime juice, garlic, Dijon mustard and hot sauce in a food processor and pulse to combine. Fold in mayonnaise. 


  1. Thank you for posting this recipe! I found it via google search. It was so easy to make!

    I used chunky salsa sauce instead of canned tomatoes, and parsley instead of cilantro, because that's what I had.

    I'm a vegan and this is my first time to make a burger with oats, they provide a very nice texture, and it's easy to add more to the mix if there's too much liquid.

    For the sauce I used Alpro soy yogurt instead of mayo. (and again parsley). I like a light sauce since I'm watching my fat intake.

    I pinned this on pinterest. Thanks again! :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed this recipe! Your substitutions sound great, too! Thanks for reading :)

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  3. OMG I am not a vegetarian but I am trying some vegetarian options for my meals and I made these black bean burgers and boy I realized what I have been missing! I fell in love I prefer this over a beef burger any day.

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