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Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Sunflower Seed Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option

Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Sunflower seed Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

It is time to fire up the grill and flip some veggie burgers. These hearty burgers are made up of black beans, brown rice, sunflower seeds and amazing seasoning. You can grill or pan fry the patties.

Veggie burgers can be overly squishy (too many beans, too much moisture), or too crumbly (not enough binding, big unmashed ingredients such as whole beans or large chunks of onions, peppers, veggies). Both these issues can be solved with vital wheat gluten in the patties. I don’t like the texture of the patty with vital wheat gluten, so in these burgers just the right balance of cooked grains, beans and some breadcrumbs work well to make a sturdy grillable patty. With any veggie burger, mash the ingredients well and pack them well for sturdier results. 

Black beans work really well in these burgers. You can also use kidney beans. The toasted sunflower seeds make these hearty. Whole coriander seeds, smoked paprika and lemon add complex flavors. These patties are a must make. 

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Everyone has a favorite black bean burger. When in a rush, I  process up black beans with rice or quinoa and some spices and grill them up. Squishy or just right, they all go into the tummy when hungry. I think the first time I made a black bean burger version from the simple burger recipes on the web, I found that it needed some, or wait a lot of flavor. So this one puts the basic elements of the bean burger with some toasty coriander seeds, zesty lemon, old bay seasoning, bbq sauce, caramelized onions that have been spiced with smoky paprika and of course love, to make a fantastically flavorful patty. The ingredient list becomes long, but most of it is spices and herbs. 

Do try this burger, and let me know in the comments if this replaced the usual black bean burger!

Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

Toast the sunflower seeds and process with spices to a coarse meal.        Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

Process 1 cup black beans, rice and other ingredients until well combined. Transfer to a bowl. Mix in the remaining black beans and breadcrumbs. I use white basmati rice in the patties pictured. Brown rice adds a bit more chewy texture which also works well. But brown rice doesnt work well in my tummy. Use whichever rice works best for you.  

Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

Shape into patties.

Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

Grill. 

Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

Assemble and serve!

Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

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Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

Grillable Veggie Burger _ Black Bean Sunflower Seed Burger

4.93 from 14 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 5
Course: Burger
Cuisine: Vegan
Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option Makes 6 to 7 patties
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Ingredients 
 

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pepitas or heaping 1/2 cup nuts such as walnuts or pecans if you are ok with nuts.
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds, optional
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 hot green chile, finely chopped or 2 tbsp green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tsp old bay seasoning + 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp oregano, Or 2 tsp cajun/taco/chili powder blend of choice + 1/2/ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup cooked brown or white rice, I prefer white in these patties
  • 15 oz can black beans drained well, or 1.5 cups cooked
  • 3/4 tsp salt, more or less depending on if the beans and rice are salted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, use gluten-free if needed
  • 2 tbsp or more flour, use rice flour or chickpea flour for gluten-free

Toppings:

  • tomato slices, onion slices
  • sprouts or baby greens
  • bbq sauce, mustard, ketchup etc

Instructions 

  • Toast the seeds on a skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Add the coriander seeds and fennel seeds after 2 mins of toasting and mix in. Take off heat and set aside to cool.
  • Make the smoky caramelized onions: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion , green chile, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp sugar. Cook for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 tsp smoked paprika and mix. cook for a minute. Add a good splash of water and continue to cook for another 3 to 4 mins. then use.
  • In a food processor, add the seeds and spices. Add the seasoning, garlic and cayenne if using for additional heat and process until coarse meal.
  • Add the rice and 1 cup of black beans, salt, 3 - 4 tbsp of the smoky caramelized onions, lemon juice, flaxmeal, bbq sauce. Process until most of the beans have broke down.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Mix in the breadrumbs, flour, remaining black beans. Taste and adjust salt, heat and seasoning. Add more is needed and mix in. Add more flour if needed. I usually add some cayenne if using old bay seasoning. Chill for 10 minutes in the fridge.
  • Shape into patties using a cookie cutter (press mixture into a cookie cutter until packed. Tap to release. Even out the top). Heat up the grill over medium heat. When hot, grill for 3 to 5 mins per side. Or pan fry in a skillet over medium heat with a little oil.
  • Dress with the smoky caramelized onion, tomato slices, bbq sauce or ketchup and mustard, or vegan ranch.

Notes

To make the patties gluten-free use gluten-free breadcrumbs and rice flour or chickpea flour.
To make the patties soy-free, use soy-free bbq sauce
For variation: Add zest of half a lemon with the lemon juice.
Use ketchup + sriracha instead of bbq sauce.
Add more smoked paprika for smokier onions.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 486mg, Potassium: 447mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 5.3mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 3.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Grillable Veggie Burger. No Nuts. Easy Black Bean Burger with Veggies and spices. Pan fry, Bake or Grill. Serve with BBQ Sauce and other fix ins. Vegan Burger Recipe. Gluten-free option. Nut-free. Soy-free option | VeganRicha.com

About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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53 Comments

  1. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Another fantastic recipe! I will say it took me way longer to make than 45 minutes. But I’m perhaps a bit slow in the kitchen.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      just takes a little practice, and 45 minutes is not always including prep time!

  2. chloe says:

    your lentil walnut burgers are amazing. so good I make them for special occasions. For Christmas I am going to try a few new ones as gifts (Frozen). I like the heavy spices in some of your recipes. nice work

  3. Diane Barber says:

    5 stars
    Made these tonight and they were delicious ! We used 1/2 Sunflower seeds and 1/2 pecans . We also used taco seasoning and divided the mixture into 6 patties . Each one was 105 grams . I had made a wonderful seasonal Blackberry Barbeque Sauce from the Oregon Blackberry Council and added 4 Tablespoons of it to the patty mixture and added more on top when serving . Wonderful recipe again . Thank you for a grillable Black bean burger . 😋

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      That sounds scrumptious !

  4. lisa says:

    5 stars
    Sooo delicious. It’s now one of my partner’s favourite dinners (mine too). I serve it with a slaw of red cabbage and vegan ranch dressing, in a pita pocket.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      sounds great