Most meat eaters love burgers, as we do. Most meat lovers might think that you couldn’t possibly be satisfied with a Black Bean burger even as my husband thought before making them for the first time. Add a little spice and they can be as satisfying as the real deal. They’re a great way to cut down on red meat if that’s what you want to do or maybe asked to by a loved one or a physician. Your stomach will sure as heck be satisfied with this alternative burger since it’s full of fiber from the black beans and protein from the chickpeas. 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 the chickpeas and cilantro we liked it!
Why not Store Bought Black Bean Burgers?
Most store bought black bean burgers just as many other prepackaged foods contain tons of fillers, way too much sodium and/or preservatives. I’m sure there are some that are fairly healthy, but unless you truly inspect the labels and there aren’t more than 5 or 6 ingredients (not including spices), 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! Seriously, it’s a steal for healthy filling burgers and 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 to make these because we can cook 6 at at time, but you can cook them just the same on a skillet. I like the even cooking and efficiency of the 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 with them if you like as well, so good!
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 quickly called them “Delish Burgers.” Then 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 like different food than what they’re used to. You can of course dress these up 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!