“Beefy” Vegan Black Bean Walnut Burgers

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A mix of black beans, rolled oats and walnuts give these flavor-packed vegan burgers a meaty bite, while spices pack in the flavor. These black bean walnut burgers will please vegans and non-vegans alike!

I don’t usually go for meaty vegan burgers. Both when I’m buying premade patties and when I’m making my own, I’m usually a bigger fan of veggie burgers that taste like, well…veggies. You know? I love kale burgers, artichoke burgers, beet burgers…that kind of thing.

But I’m down with pretty much anything that’s vegan, and I’ve noticed lately that big, hearty, beefy veggie burgers are gaining popularity. And since we’re coming up on a big veggie burger weekend (happy almost Labor Day!), I decided to see if I could come up with a pretty convincing recipe of my own.

I decided to craft my burgers out of a hearty mix of black beans and walnuts. I already loved black bean burgers, and the addition of walnuts provided some extra meaty texture.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, it’s been a long time since I had a non-vegan burger, and I’ve never tried Beyond Burgers, Impossible Burgers, or any of those super convincing meaty veggie burgers that everyone is raving about.

But I still think I did a pretty good job. Would these suckers fool a non vegan? I’m guessing no, but like I said, it’s been a while! Would non-vegans enjoy these burgers and appreciate their hearty bite and savory flavor? Yup, I believe they would!

The burgers start with a mix of oats and walnuts. You’ll want to blitz them up in the food processor before anything else, until they resemble coarse crumbs.

Add your beans, onion, garlic and some seasonings. Pulse again until the beans are broken up and everything is mixed. Don’t overdo it! You want some texture.

I’m normally a pan-fried veggie burger kind of girl, but I preferred these baked. Just shape the mixture into patties, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes on each side.

You can top your burgers with whatever you like, but for these meaty burgers I really like the classic toppings: ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and a slice of vegan cheese (I used Chao brand, original flavor).

Tips for Making Perfect Black Bean Walnut Burgers

  • Want to keep these burgers gluten-free? No problem! Just use certified gluten-free oats and your favorite gluten-free buns.
  • While I prefered these burgers baked, you can pan-fry them if you’re short on time. Just use a lightly oiled non-stick skillet and cook the patties over medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Annie’s and Edward & Sons Worcestershire sauces are both vegan. You can also check the ingredients on your store brand — sometimes I luck out and find a vegan one!
  • Give the burger mix a taste-test before shaping it into patties, and adjust any seasonings to your liking. In fact, you can almost always do this when you’re making vegan burgers! The only time I skip it is when the recipe includes wheat flour, which can have contaminants and shouldn’t be eaten raw.

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