RECIPE: Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole

Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

Image by Ron Flaviano


2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/4 red onion, chopped fine

3 tablespoons wheat gluten

2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs (more if necessary)

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely minced

pinch of sea salt

black pepper

extra virgin olive oil


In a large bowl, begin mashing the black beans.

Add the smoked paprika, wheat gluten, breadcrumbs, sea salt, pepper, onion and cilantro. Combine thoroughly, and mash to desired consistency.

Wet hands and form patties out of mixture, roughly the size of a burger. Transfer onto a wax paper lined plate.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high, and add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the patties into the skillet, then top with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs. Cook patties for about 3 minutes on each side.

Remove patties and immediately place on kaiser rolls or crisp lettuce leaves.

Top with homemade guacamole and serve. (See guacamole recipe below.)

Amy’s Homemade Guacamole

1 fresh avocado

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons, cream cheese, softened

1 garlic clove crushed

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Halve avocado, remove pit and scoop into bowl. Add lime juice, crushed garlic, sea salt and cream cheese. Mash together to desired consistency. Top on burger. Serve immediately.

STEPHANIE SHAW – Join Stephanie as she prepares healthy vegetarian items or visits a locally owned restaurant and learns the story behind a beloved Mahoning Valley eatery. Besides her on-air contributions as host of “Good Taste,” Stephanie is executive director of the Eastern Ohio P16 initiative and responsible for overall management and operation of an educational initiative spanning Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties.  Stephanie is very active in the children’s ministries at Believers Christian Fellowship in Warren. A graduate of Youngstown State University, she is working toward a master’s degree in leadership from Northeastern University.

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