Smoky Amaranth Black Bean Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper sauce. Vegan Recipe

Happy Monday before the big gameday!  

May I suggest these burgers for the big day. Black beans and amaranth with smoky spices and red bell pepper. Patted up into fat patties and baked. Served on home made multigrain burger buns, with slices of juicy tomato and red onions and topped with Roasted red bell pepper sauce. Of course there needs to be some cilantro too!

The patties are gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free and can be made oil-free. Serve them wih gf buns or without for a gluten-free meal. They have Amaranth toasted and cooked with just enough water, added to black beans, red bell pepper and mashed up with taco spices. The patties are 2 inches, hence the taller looking burgers. You can make larger patties. 

Amaranth grain in the patties is this tiny cute grain packed full of high quality protein, calcium, iron, b6, and lot of other nutrients! Black beans are rich in folate, protein, b1. With the beans and all the spices, amaranth adds texture to the patties without adding much of its own taste hence working very well for these burgers. The lightly sweet roasted red pepper sauce and juicy tomatoes work beautifully with the smoky and quite spicy patties.

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Cook the amaranth. 

Meanwhile, assemble the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Add cooked amaranth.

Mix and mash, then add brown rice flour to help make patties.

Press a handfull of the mixture through a 2 inch cookie cutter. 

Bake until crisp on the outside.
Top the bun with greens, a juicy tomato slice, patty, a good amount of the red bell pepper dressing, red onion rings and cilantro. 


Smoky Amaranth Black Bean Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper sauce
Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, nut. can be made oil-free. Burger patties are gluten-free
Makes 6, 2 inch by 3/4 inch patties

1/4 cup dry amaranth 

scant 3/4 cup water
a genenerous pinch of salt, thyme, smoked paprika

1 can black beans (15 oz ,about 1.5 cups cooked)
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 green chili pepper, finely chopped (use less or more or omit per spice preference. I liked the added heat from the fresh Serrano peppers)
1/2 tsp each of garlic powder, salt, smoked paprika, cumin powder, chipotle pepper powder, onion flakes, dried parsley
2+ Tbsp brown rice flour or bread crumbs or regular flour
2 tsps extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Roasted red pepper cream sauce:
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk or thin cashew cream
1/4 loaded cup roasted red peppers
1/4 tsp each of salt, garlic powder
2-3 slices of pickled Jalapeno (optional)
a dash of tabasco chipotle sauce or hot sauce(optional)

Juicy tomato slices
Red onion slices/rings
cilantro leaves
lettuce or greens

Cook the amaranth: Wash and drain 1/4 cup amaranth. (You can skip the washing and directly cook the grain too). Heat a deep pan at medium, add washed amaranth to the pan and toast for half a minute. Add water, salt, thyme, paprika, mix and cook on medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low once it starts to boil. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the grains are tender. Stir once or twice towards the end to avoid sticking.
Meanwhile make the red pepper sauce: In a blender, blend everything under sauce. Taste and adjust. 
Back to patties: Chop up the red pepper and chili, In a bowl, add black beans, peppers, salt and spices. Add the cooked amaranth and oil and give everything a good mix. Mash a bit to mash the black beans. Taste for spice and salt. Now add the brown rice flour to the mixture to make it less sticky. Add less or more just enough to handle the mixture without it being a sticky mess. Use a cookie cutter and press a good dollop of the mix into and through it to shape the patties on parchment lined baking sheet. Even them out and brush a little oil on top.(optional). I used 2 inch cookie cutter as my buns were 2.5 inches. and got 6 patties. 
Bake at pre-heated 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. 
Meanwhile, slice up the topping veggies and greens and set up the plates and buns for assembly. Grab your favorite drink and catch up on Instagram
Assemble the burgers. Layer lettuce/greens, a fat juicy tomato slice, hot patties, a good load of the roasted red pepper sauce, red onion slices, cilantro and bun. 

Notes: Use any cooked grains like millet or quinoa. I used these multigrain burger buns or any of the plain white, rye almond or other buns. Make sandwiches or wraps with the patties for variations.

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  1. says

    i’ve never cooked or eaten amaranth before, but now i’m buying some next time i’m at whole foods. i always notice it in the bulk bins, too. but i’ve read weird things about the texture. i’m sure it’s fine, though. and i love the little speckles of the grain in these burgers!

    these burgers look delicious! perhaps i will make them this weekend ;)

    • says

      its like baby quinoa. i dont get bothered by the texture. i havent tried it in porridge as a lot of recipes i have sen do. it probably will work out fine. just a new grain :)
      i’ve used amaranh flour before and wanted to use the grain too

  2. says

    I virtually never eat amaranth and only buy it to make flour but now you’ve convinced me I should give it another go. It looks like it works wonders as a binder in these gorgeous burgers!

  3. says

    Thank you for adding the Print button, Richa! Yay!

    How cute are these little guys? I’ve only ever put amaranth in my morning oats – - time to try something new!

  4. says

    I know this is February but I am just reading through your recent posts and this caught my eye. My niece has been labelling herself as a vegan to try and disguise a budding, but clinically verified eating disorder. I, her UK-based cancer nutritionist aunt, am compiling a list of quality vegan sites to give her to not only show her about what veganism is all about – that it involves protein and whole grains and not just raw vegetables – but also that vegan food can nurturing, delicious, and not primarily about controlling your weight. She is a teen living with her mom, so this easy recipe – full of flavour, colour and goodness – is the top of my list to help show her that she can have some positive control in her life. Feeling empowered doesn’t need to be about denying yourself and getting smaller and smaller. Power and control can manifest itself positively by nurturing the only body she has. Your blog is fabulous, and this recipe is the one I shall link to first. Thanks for all of the beautiful recipes. Btw, your black background image here is gorgeous.

    • says

      Thank you Kellie. I hope my recipes will help her eat more protein, beans, easy cooked food. i like my food with a whole lot of beans and lentils everyday and that is what reflects on the blog as well. all the very best to you and her. Thank you once again! is a great collection of all sorts of plant based recipes. you can find lots of protein rich burgers, pizzas and other things and even protein rich salads there as well.

  5. says

    Hi! First time on your blog, already adore it. Any idea whether or not these would freeze OK? I really want to make them, but cooking on a budget means batches are required! Thanks, can’t wait to keep browsing!

    • says

      Hi Katinka,
      Yes they will freeze just fine. shape and freeze on a sheet and then place them together in a ziplock or airtight container. or prebake for 15 mins, then freeze.
      Thaw, bake and serve.

  6. Greg A. says

    I just made this, so I have something to eat at the family cookout tomorrow. I had a sample and it is so good. The sauce is a perfect compliment for the burger. Thanks!

  7. says

    I discovered your blog not long ago and have made the aged nut cheese and these burgers. They were both amazing. Vegans and meat eaters alike were big fans.

    The recipes are very clear and easy-to-follow. I can’t wait to make a zillion others!


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