Most meat eaters love burgers, as we do. Meat lovers might think that you couldn't possibly be satisfied with a Black Bean burger & Chickpea burger, but even my husband says it's possible now! Add a little spice and ditch the "Impossible" burger. These are the real deal! Real fiber and protein, no nonsense. They're a great way to cut down on red meat if that's what you need to do per Doctor's orders. Your stomach will sure as heck be satisfied with this alternative burger. You might ask yourself, why chickpeas? Why not? We strayed from the usual black bean burger only to add more healthy filling goodness; experimenting one day by adding chickpeas and cilantro and we loved it!
Why not Store Bought Black Bean Burgers?
Most store bought black bean burgers have just as many fillers as other pre-packaged processed foods; way too much sodium and preservatives. I'm sure there are some that are fairly healthy, but unless you truly inspect the labels there are more than 5 or 6 ingredients (not including spices) so you're probably better off making these yourself.
Also, making these yourself is way cheaper than store bought, I guarantee it. To make this batch of 10 burgers (not including buns) it costs less than $5! It's a steal for healthy filling burgers. If you make this whole batch and just feed a few people to start, freeze the rest and then you'll have another 1 or 2 meals for later.
Making Black Bean Burgers
Making these is easier and faster than you might expect if you've never made homemade ones. You can also easily half this recipe and just make 5. As I stated earlier, I make this big batch only because it's just as easy to make the big batch and freeze the leftovers.
We like to use our electric griddle
If you're not a fan of chickpeas you can easily just make these with all black beans or substitute for another bean. Also, use whatever cheese you like, we've enjoyed them with sharp cheddar and swiss. If you follow a gluten-free diet these can be enjoyed on a gluten-free bun or a big lettuce leaf with avocado and tomato. Without cheese these are great piled with just avocado and a condiment of your choice. Try our sriracha sauce or straight Sriracha
Kid Friendly Burgers
When we first made black bean burgers for our kids we didn't want them to judge them before trying them so when they asked us what they were, we just called them "Delish Burgers." Once our oldest boy had his first bite he renamed them to "Yum Burgers." So now that's what they're called in our house, Yum Burgers. There's no harm in not giving your kids the full story when it comes to health if you're trying to get them to try new things. You can dress up these burgers with their favorite toppings and just put it in front of them and let them discover it on their own.
Give these burgers a try along with my roasted red potatoes and be sure to comment below. Enjoy!