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Black bean burgers

Julee Morrison
A tasty variation of the classic hamburger, this black bean burger is a sure win for lunch ideas for teens to cook and enjoy.
Servings: 6
Course(s): Main Course
Keyword(s): dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian


  • can opener
  • colander
  • medium mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • medium skillet


  • 4 Tbsps olive oil divide this into 4 equal parts of 1 Tbsp
  • ½ onion
  • 1 15.5 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 pieces bread (torn into small pieces)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper (freshly ground)
  • ½ cup flour


  • Dice the onion.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet on medium heat.
  • Put the onion in the skillet and saute for 4-5 minutes, until it is soft and see-through. Take it off of the heat.
  • Mash the black beans in the large mixing bowl with the wooden spoon until they are just about smooth. Put in the cooked onion, the onion and garlic powders, the pieces of bread, the salt, and the pepper.
  • Add the flour 2 tablespoons at a time and mix it all together. Don't worry if it’s a little thick.
  • Form 6 burger patties, about ½ inch in thickness.
  • Heat another tablespoon of oil in the skillet, again over medium heat. Put in 2 patties and cook them on each side for 2 minutes, or until they are heated all the way through. Go through this step again for the other patties, 2 at a time.


Serve on sandwich thins with toppings like lettuce, tomato, avocado, or cheese. Cut up some carrot and celery sticks, add some ranch dip, and your teen can put a healthy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. 
We decided to try different toppings and added slices of green apples, crumbled feta cheese, and green leaf lettuce. There are all kinds of flavor combinations your teen can try with this extremely versatile recipe from the cookbook for teens. 
5 from 1 vote
Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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