Prep Time:
10 minutes (plus 10 minutes to chill)

Cook Time:
20 minutes

Total Time:
30 minutes (plus 10 minutes to chill)

8 burgers

Black Bean Spiced Burgers

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Get ready for a flavor-packed experience with our Black Bean Spiced Burgers! These vegetarian burgers are a delicious alternative to traditional beef patties, featuring a savory blend of black beans and spices. Bursting with zesty flavors and wholesome ingredients, they are perfect for those looking to add more plant-based options to their recipes.

To start, preheat your grill to medium-high heat and give it a quick spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking. The grill will impart a wonderful smoky flavor to the burgers, enhancing their overall appeal.

In a medium sauté pan, heat some vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the diced zucchini, yellow onion and carrot until they become soft and translucent. This process helps to bring out the natural sweetness and flavors of the vegetables. Set the sautéed mixture aside to cool.

Now, it's time to bring all the burger ingredients together. In a food processor, combine the cooled vegetable mixture with ketchup, barbecue sauce, quick oats, applesauce and an array of spices, including Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt and black pepper. Add the drained and rinsed black beans to the processor as well.

Portion the black bean mixture into 8 patties and refrigerate them for about 10 minutes. This brief chilling time allows the patties to set and hold their shape during grilling.

Place the patties on the preheated grill and cook them for approximately 2 minutes on each side. To create an attractive crosshatch pattern, rotate the patties 90 degrees halfway through the cooking time on each side. While the patties are grilling, prepare a tangy and creamy yogurt sauce. In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Give it a good stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. This vibrant sauce adds a refreshing element to the burgers, complementing the spices and flavors.

Now it's time to assemble your burgers. Take a slice of toasted whole wheat bread and spread a tablespoon of the yogurt sauce on it. Layer the sauce with slices of avocado, beefsteak tomato, red onion, a piece of lettuce and a delicious black bean patty.



  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the zucchini, onion, and carrot until vegetables are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place vegetable mixture and remaining burger ingredients in a food processor. Process until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Portion into 8 patties of black bean mixture and refrigerate for 10 minutes to set.
  5. Grill patties 2 minutes and rotate 90 degrees to create a crosshatch pattern. Cook for 2 minutes, flip over and repeat.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and Greek yogurt. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. To assemble, spread 1 tablespoon of yogurt sauce on the bottom of the sesame seed bun. Layer with 1 piece lettuce, 1 burger patty, 2 slices tomato, 3 sliced avocado, and 1 slice onion.

Recipe Courtesy of ALDI Test Kitchen

Calories 320 Total Fat 8g Sodium 490 mg Total Carbohydrate 52g Fiber 9g Sugars 10g Protein 12g


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