The Best Smoky Barbecue Black Bean Burger | BBQ Recipe

von Mina

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In my series of BBQ recipes this veggie burger patty must not be missed, obviously. So here it is, my version of the best homemade vegan burger. After countless attempts at creating the perfect veggie patty, I can finally share this recipe with you. It’s perfectly timed for BBQ season, but you could also fry the patties in a pan (or bake them in the oven). Anyway, thanks to beans and rice this veggie burger has the right texture which makes it really satisfying, whereas the seasoning and the roasted nuts spice it up on target.

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I love having my veggie burger together with this ridiculously good BBQ sauce, some avocado herb cream, sweet potato fries and without bread (its only purpose was to model for the picture but it found another consumer in the end, don’t worry! ;-)). The sky is the limit when it comes to the toppings, though you really have to make the BBQ sauce – not only because it’s so delicious but also because you’ll need it for the patty recipe itself.

The Best Smoky Barbecue Black Bean Burger | BBQ Recipe
Prep Time
20 Min.
Cook Time
10 Min.
Total Time
30 Min.

These veggie patties will not only be loved by vegans/ vegetarians and therefore must not be missed at your next BBQ. The veggie burger is tangy, hearty and at the same time full of nutrients, including protein last but not least.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 Patties
Author: Mina
  • 1 cup walnuts, raw (alternative: pecans) (125 g)
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp chili
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • black beans, cooked (about 240 g) about 1 can
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked (about 180 g)
  • 1/3 cup oat bran (30 g)
  • 3 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 good dash each salt & black pepper
  1. Start by roasting the walnuts in a pan (without any oil) over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Once browned, remove from heat and set aside. 

  2. Heat the same pan, add 1 tsp of oil and onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Once walnuts are cool, add them to a blender together with chili, cumin, paprika, coconut sugar and blend until a meal forms. 

  4. Drain, rinse and pat dry black beans. In a large mixing bowl add black beans and mash with a potato masher (or a fork) leaving only a few whole beans.

  5. To the ingredients in the bowl add sautéed onion, brown rice, oat bran, walnut-spice mixture and BBQ sauce. Mix thoroughly until a moldable dough forms. If the mixture is too dry, add another 1-2 tbsp BBQ sauce. If it's too wet, add some more oat bran.

  6. For regular sized burgers, form 5 burger patties, otherwise form 10 smaller patties.

    Heat some oil in a pan and preheat the oven to 120 °C (250 °F). Sear patties about 3 minutes or until well browned on the underside, then flip gently. Sear for another 3 minutes on other side. Finally place patties on an oven rack and bake for 5-8 minutes.

    If grilling, add patties to the grill and slowly grill under indirect heat. 

  7. In the meantime prepare desired toppings or sides like avocado cream, salad, buns etc. 

Recipe Notes
  • Roast walnuts 

I hope you love the recipe – please let me know in the comment section below! Share your remakes on my Facebook page or on Instagram, using the hashtag #minamadefood and be sure to tag me (@thisisminamade) so that I can see your creations!

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