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Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers Recipe

Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers Recipe

Healthful veggie-burgers are gaining in popularity and these are just about the tastiest ones we’ve ever tried: they’re hearty and flavorful, and while grilling gives them a smoky flavor that is just irresistible, you can pan-fry them, too.

Surprisingly quick to make, and delightfully substantial.


1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 ½ cups cooked black beans (or 1 15-ounce can, drained)
¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled (optional)
4 slices stale or toasted sandwich bread, processed to make bread crumbs
Salt and black pepper, to taste
6 hamburger buns or hard rolls

1. Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill with a lightly-oiled vegetable grill rack in place.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and cumin and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms have released their juices, about 5 minutes.

3. Spoon the mixture into the food processor. Add the beans and cilantro and process briefly until well combined but still chunky. Spoon into a bowl, stir in the goat cheese, if using, and bread crumbs. Season generously with salt and pepper.

4. With wet hands, form the mixture into 6 burgers. Mist both sides with nonstick spray.

5. Grill the burgers until crisp and heated through, about 5 minutes per side.

6. Serve the burgers on the buns, passing salsa at the table.

Serves 6.

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Adapted from “The Vegetarian Grill” by Andrea Chesman (Harvard Common Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Andrea Chesman. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from “The Vegetarian Grill” by Andrea Chesman (Harvard Common Press, 1998).

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10:22AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thanks for the recipe - sounds great!

8:37AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012


1:00PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Thank you

7:58AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012


6:40PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

might try this!

8:48AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

thanks for sharing except i would leave out the goat cheese and substitute it for veggie cheese

8:19PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Thanks for the recipe. Will try.

8:05AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011


5:04PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Yummy! Fabulous recipe. Thanks for sharing.

6:22PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011


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