Smokey Black Bean Beet Burger

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Burgers are hit and miss with me! Maybe I should’ve called this a fritter?


Now don’t get me wrong – they are delicious! Filled with beans, veggies, fresh spices – it is a explosion for the tastebuds!


But the whole bun thing, I just don’t do! I am more of a put my burger in a bowl type of gal. Be sure to check out our delicious burger bowl recipe, aptly named: Veggie Bean Burger Bowl
I know, I know all you bread people, are thinking ‘But you can’t have a veggie burger without a bun!”
And for that I give you this picture, with the bun! (which my husband promptly devoured all of it after the photo capture.


I think its the whole how filling the bun is! My stomach needs room for all the yummy sides and toppings that accompany a good black bean burger!
So there you have it. Topping fan – I am. Bun fan – I am not.


But to each your own!

As mentioned above the hubby ate this one pictured bun, toppings and all. He also, slathered his bun with guacamole. I opted to eat mine in a bowl with a huge amount of grilled vegetables, fresh spring mix and slices of avocado.


So there you have it – two ways to enjoy this bowl!


What are you waiting for? Let’s get making these awesome Smokey Black Bean Beet Burgers! If you make this, we would love to know, tag @badtothebowl on social media.

Smokey Black Bean Beet Burger

Recipe by SarahCourse: Main

Flavorful veggie burger load with black beans and beets.


  • 1 – 8 oz package steamed baby beets*

  • 1 -15.5 oz can black beans, no salt added

  • 1 – small white onion

  • 1/2 cup cilantro

  • 1/2 cup parsley

  • 1 Tblsp lime juice

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 t. salt

  • 1/2 t. cumin

  • 1/2 t. smoked paprika

  • 1/4 t. red pepper

  • 1/4 t. black pepper

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs**


  • Preheat oven to 350. Line a large rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. Drain baby beets from the liquid they are packaged in. Drain and rinse black beans. Slice into chunks your white onion. Add all to your food processor. Add remaining ingredients except breadcrumbs. Pulse until mixture is combined. You don’t want a puree but you do want all pieces to be combined and not chunky.

  • Transfer mixture to bowl. Stir in breadcrumbs.

  • Shape mixture into patties (I made 7) and place on baking pan.
    Bake for 30 minutes. Iff you want additional ‘crisp’ – after they are done in oven crisp them up on your stovetop in a medium sized skillet.

  • Top with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, avocado or guacamole! Eat in a bowl or on a bun.

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