Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Portobello Black-Bean Burgers

Night one of the meal planning was a success! I didn't really come out any cheaper at the grocery store by planning, but I did only get what I needed for our meals for the week. I only grocery shop once a week, so it may get a little hairy by the weekend. I will keep reporting on how the planning is doing though.

Last night for dinner I made portobello-black bean burgers. I found a recipe online, but ended up changing some things. The recipe called for baking the burgers in the oven, so I started out doing that, but ended up finishing them on the stove. I went to flip the burgers when they had cooked half their time as the recipe stated, but they were too mushy to flip. So I took them out of the oven and sprayed a non stick skillet with cooking spray to finish cooking them. The burgers weren't nearly as mushy, but were still soft. All of that didn't matter to me though, because they turned out to be delicious!

1 can of black beans rinsed
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons of brown rice flour (or any flour of your choice)
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
ener g egg replacer (equivalent to one egg)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large portobello mushroom, chopped

Mash the black beans in a bowl. Clean and chop the portobello mushroom and chop the roasted red pepper, then add into the bowl of beans. Add the ener g egg replacer, flour, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix all the ingredients well and then make into 5 or 6 patties. Spray a non stick skillet with cooking spray and cook over low/med heat for 10-15 minutes on each side.

As you see I had fries with my burger, and for all of those who have been raving about Elise's "Fry Sauce", there it is on my plate! Now I get to rave about it. I first learned about this fantastic sauce from Shen over at The Shenandoah Vegan. The recipe came from Elise at The Veggie-Full Kitchen. You can get the "Fry Sauce" recipe here. I can now rave about the sauce too, and I have to admit....this stuff is da bomb!!!!! Dipping my fries in it was NOT enough. I ended up putting the sauce on my burger also. You definitely need to try it if you haven't.



  1. These sounds really good, Michelle. I've yet to make black bean burgers but know I love them! Thanks for sharing your recipe:) Aimee

  2. That burger patty looks really good! Chopped mushroom sounds like a great addition to a black bean burger.

  3. These burgers sound delicious. I bet the mushrooms add a lot of flavor. Black beans are my fav for homemade veggie burgers.

    I've been reading everyone rave about Elise's fry sauce...I've never been a mayo fan (vegan or otherwise)but I think I have to give it a try.

  4. All my food is becoming merely a vehicle for Fry Sauce. I know you understand.

  5. Congratulations on your veggie burgers. They can be tricky to flip without falling about.


  6. After my casserole success, I've decided I need to incorporate more mushroom goodness into my life. Mixing it with beans is a perfect idea!

  7. Yes, fry sauce IS the bomb for sure! The burger looks killer good!

  8. Great job on the burger, Michelle. I've totally been there with a burger that's less than flippable. And, you've got me on mashing those beans. Whenever I see a recipe that says mash the beans with a fork in a bowl, mine never seem to mash. The beans just figure out a way to escape my fork's tines, and it's frustrating. So, I end up using the food processor. So, good for you for at least doing that! And, anything with portabellos has to taste great!