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Black Bean & Squash Veggie Burgers

We always have people with a variety of eating preferences & palates attending our BBQ's. In response, I've always had fun experimenting with flavors and making new burgers for our get-togethers. This time I want to share one that was tried and tested with our family recently and is sure to be a hit at your summer BBQ's. This soy-free veggie burger is packed with flavor, that plays off the herby cilantro and spicy BBQ sauce, topped with an avocado slice on a sesame seed bun. Black Bean & Squash Veggie Burgers By  Emily (Cooking for Kishore) Ingredients 1 14 oz can of Black Beans, drained 1 Red Onion, choppped 1 Cup Cilantro, chopped 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced 1/2 cup Carrot, grated 1/2 cup Sweet Corn 1 cup Butternut Squash, cubed 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper 1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Cumin 2 Tbsp spicy BBQ sauce 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs 6 Sesame Seed Buns Iceberg Lettuce, shredded Tomato, thinly sliced Avocado, thinly sliced Olive Oil Instructions Heat the Olive Oil in

Black Bean and Cornmeal Patties

I've always loved Black Beans, they remind me of my Abuela's kitchen and her cooking. She makes the most deliciously flavorful Black Beans, whether it is Soup or Rice and Beans they are always tasty and are a staple at at her table. It's been a little too hot lately for soup, and  I wanted to shake things up a bit by using those ingredients a different way.

Black Beans team up with Fresh Cilantro, Green Onions, Earthy Cornmeal and a touch of Hot Sauce and Spice for this tasty dish. The best way to describe the taste is the flavors of a fresh Homemade Corn Tortilla filled with Black Beans and fresh Salsa wrapped into one little mouth-watering package served with a side of Spicy Crema. These Black Bean patties are great as a snack, side dish, or Veggie Option to a Hamburger.

Here is my recipe for Tasty Black Bean and Cornmeal Patties:

Makes 10-12

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
1- 16oz Can Black Beans, Drained
2 Stalks Green Onions, sliced
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
1 - 2 Tblsp Hot Sauce
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Vegetable Stock
Vegetable Oil


Spicy Sour Cream (Spicy Crema):
1/4 Cup Sour Cream, 1/4 tsp Dried Minced Onion, 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 Tblsp Water,
1-2 tsp Hot Sauce, Pinch of Salt & Pepper
1. Mix all the listed ingredients till smooth, refrigerate until ready to use.

Black Bean and Cornmeal Patties:
1. In  a saucepan bring the Vegetable Stock to a boil, then add the cornmeal. Stir continuously till thickened, reduce heat and cook for another 5 minutes uncovered. Remove from stove and place in a bowl.

2. To the cooked cornmeal add the black beans, onions, cilantro, garlic, hot sauce, and spices. Mix throughly.

3. Pour oil about 1/2" deep into a frying pan, and heat to medium hot.

4. While the oil is heating, with slightly damp hands start forming the patties. Carefully place them in the oil, and cook till golden brown on both sides.

5. Drain on paper towels.

Serve Hot with Spicy Sour Cream Sauce.

I have added this to My Legume Love Affair #85, hosted by Jagruti at Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey and Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen and Susan's The Well Seasoned Cook.


  1. These look utterly gorgeous, I can imagine eating one right now and the crunch and the taste of the coriander, so making me drool. I am hosting MLLa this month, do hope you will join in.

    1. Thanks Shaheen! Of course I'll make it over, hope you give these a try sometime! :)

  2. Those do look really tasty Emily. I agree, I bet they would make a delicious burger. I hope you're having a great summer! You certainly seem to be traveling a lot!

    1. Thanks Gerard, they really are a great substitute burger haha! I wish I was traveling more, most of those travel pictures are from the last few years, it's a great link up! :)

  3. I adore little bites and with cornmeal in there, I can almost taste these. I will be hosting the July edition of MLLA on my blog on behalf of Jagruti soon. Thank you for sharing your recipe with MLLA.

    1. Thanks Lisa! Thanks for hosting, I'll stop by soon and take a look! :)

  4. I am so loving these. I have all the ingredients here so I'm making these for dinner tonight. I'll report back!

    1. Thanks Fiona! And please do let me know, see you later for A-Z! :)


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