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Reggae Burgers Recipe

Reggae Burgers Recipe

This vegetarian burger with a Jamaican twist will please even the most devoted meat-eater: its loaded with nourishment from black beans and rice, with a super dose of flavor from hot peppers, fresh ginger, and Caribbean spices.

A perfect match for Jamaican Sweet Potato Salad or Joes Zesty Corn Salad. And what a great way to use up leftover cooked rice! These burgers are Rasta heaven.


4 slices stale bread (or toasted sandwich bread)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/2 Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, or 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

1. Using a food processor, pulse bread to make crumbs, then place them in a large bowl.

2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat and add onions. Saute them, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg, and saute for 2 minutes more. Put this mixture in the food processor, then add black beans, rice, and chopped pepper. Pulse ingredients until they are chopped but not pureed, then transfer mixture to a bowl.

3. Add breadcrumbs to bowl, salt and pepper to taste, and stir thoroughly with a spoon. Add more bread crumbs if mixture is too wet.

4. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Form mixture into 4 patties and cook about 4 minutes per side until burgers have formed a dark brown crust.

5. Serve with your favorite rolls and lettuce, tomato, and ketchup, if desired.

Serve 4.

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Inspired by Vegetarian Planet, by Didi Emmons (Harvard Common Press, 1997).

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7:44AM PST on Dec 22, 2012


11:45AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Mmm... these sound really good and quite unlike any other veggie burger I've had.

8:07AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012


12:25AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Love the name too, great recipe.

12:03PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Will definately be trying this recipe! Thanks for posting.

8:39AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Need to try this one.

5:34AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

Thanks for the info.

11:53PM PST on Feb 6, 2011


7:52PM PDT on May 29, 2010

Sounds great. Thanks for the recipe, Annie.

11:31AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

Whoof! I'll go jalapeno rather than Scotch Bonnet (wimp!) but these sound heavenly - with a side of hell ;-)

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