How to make black bean burgers that won't fall apart on you

vegetarian back bean burger recipe, gluten free

I’ve made a LOT of veggie burger recipes and black bean burger recipes, and many of them have fallen apart on me as soon as I get them up to my mouth. Some, even before I plate them.

So this recipe is WORTH SHARING, in my opinion! I’m still testing the specific measurements of this recipe, but the secret really is in the simplicity of this recipe. No need to overcomplicate it. This is as easy as it gets when it comes to have a good old stand by black bean burger recipe. This recipe also happens to be a gluten free veggie burger recipe which is not always easy to find.

I eyeball the ingredients most days and it still turns out great - the key is keeping an eye on that consistency and combining well.

The ingredients can be slightly tweaked, but here are the basics!

Easy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

  • 3(ish) cups of steamed organic quinoa, tricolored or other

  • 1/2 cup(ish) minced bell pepper and onion (onion optional)

  • 2 Tbs olive oil (add to quinoa and pepper mixture when steaming to add flavor)

  • pinch of salt (also added to the steaming quinoa)

  • 21 salute seasoning from Trader Joes (add to taste, I usually do a few generous shakes.)

  • 1 can organic black beans, well rinsed and drained

  • 2 organic eggs

  • pinch of black pepper and sea salt (optional, to taste)

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free panko breadcrumbs or more as needed for consistency

  • 1 more Tbs olive oil (for heating on med/low in the pan)

After steaming the quinoa per package directions (I steam the veggies in there with the quinoa) I scoop it into a large bowl for mixing. Add the 2 eggs, the 21 salute seasoning, and some extra salt and pepper if desired, to taste. Then begin adding the Gfree panko breadcrumbs. Mix together until egg is well combined. Using a potato masher or a food processor on low, continue to combine the ingredients until they are well combined and the beans are visibly more mashed and combined in, not just still hanging out in their… you know… normal bean shape. Mash ‘em in there so they stay together. Watch the consistency, as I mention in the video, watch for it to begin to hold together, continue to combine together until you’re confident you can form the “dough” into a burger pattie shape with your hands.

With a skillet preheated on med/low with a bit of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, add patties to pan and brown on each side. This is where you’ll really see the patties solidify to form that great shape.

Cool slightly and serve warm with lettuce leaves, or a gluten free bun and some pickles and potato wedges. (yum.) I’d also say go ahead and squirt some organic ketchup on there. Or better yet, fresh tomato slices!

Enjoy, and let me know what you think of this vegetarian black bean burger recipe!

Easy, Energizing Blueberry Granola

Easy energizing blueberry granola recipe uses raw honey, ghee, chia seeds, almonds, cinnamon and dried blueberries to create this perfectly crunchy cereal or snack or yogurt topper!.png

This easy, energizing granola doesn’t shy away from healthy fats. In fact, it embraces them.

When I went vegan overnight in 2015 I avoided most fats and oils for the next couple years.

That being said, without going into it, (i’ll go into it in depth in another upcoming blog post) I found that my body definitely need a cleanse from all the highly unhealthy fats usually consumed within a standard american diet like I was eating.

But, to avoid healthy fats forever isn’t a good practice for long-term health and longevity for most people.

So in this granola recipe I use a healthy amount of ghee, which is a clarified butter. It’s pretty easy to find (they even started carrying it this fall, at Aldi!)! But if you really can’t find any ghee, coconut oil works just fine for this recipe! I just love the warm, comforting taste of the ghee in this recipe, and it sustains me a bit longer than the same version with coconut oil.

Easy Energizing Granola


1/3 cup ghee

1/4 cup raw honey (local preferred)

2-3 Tbs chia seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp

1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

3 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (or slivered almonds)

3/4 cup dried blueberries (or other dried fruit)

Preheat your oven to 300°F, and in a very large glass bowl, I like to put my ghee and honey in the bowl first and pop it in the pre-heating oven to melt. After a minute or two (please don’t leave it in there longer than 5 minutes, you just need the ghee (clarified butter) to melt and the honey to be nice and soft) remove the bowl from the oven and stir the ghee and honey together. Add the salt, cinnamon, chia seeds, and the rest of the ingredients and stir and combine until all the oats and nuts are visibly coated with your liquid mixture.

Of course, you can simply melt the ghee in the microwave or on the stove-top as well. I’m just very keen on trying to messy ONE bowl while making this recipe. Haha.

Lay a sheet of oven safe foil or parchment paper on baking sheet, pour and even out the granola mixture onto the baking sheet, and bake for 30-40 minutes (less if you’re using parchment paper, a little more if using foil). Stir the mixture every 10-15 minutes so it bakes evenly.

This recipe is deeply enjoyed by the whole family! We like to splash some almond milk on it in the mornings or grab a handful of it for snack. I personally love it with fresh berries on top of a bowl of unsweetened coconut yogurt. It’s perfect sweetness mixed with the tangy yogurt is delightful.

I use ghee for this recipe because of it’s warming and soothing qualities. Especially in the winter months, the ghee is satisfying and comforting, even more-so than other oils, I’ve found.

I tend to use ghee often in the cold winter months in Minnesota.

People with a dairy intolerance can usually tolerate ghee, since the milk proteins have been removed in clarification.

(if you live in a warmer climate, you may prefer a lighter oil such as olive oil or coconut oil, and you’ll definitely want to sub for these, if you’re vegan!)

This granola recipe helps keep your energy burning a little longer because of the healthy, long chain fats in both the ghee and the chia seeds!

My last thought, is that this recipe can get a little sweet. A serving size is about 1/2 cup per day for adults, maybe 1/4 cup for kids, if you’re watching sugar (even the healthy sugars in the raw honey, although beneficial sometimes, can spike blood sugar levels).

Happy baking and happy munching!!