There is not another person on this planet I would trust with a vegan, black bean burger recipe than my friend Ellen. She is a whole food, vegan eating, healthy, beautiful, talented friend who is going to be sharing whole food recipes every week here on our blog that you’re going to LOVE! I can’t wait to learn from her and start incorporating more of her healthy recipes into my menus, as well as our menus shared on Deals to Meals. Who doesn’t want to start being a little healthier, right? I know I do!

Make sure and follow Ellen on Facebook as MyNovaVita as well as on Instagram as My Nova Vita. There are a lot of healthy-eating, whole food recipe blogs out there, but there isn’t one I would trust more than Ellen’s. Everything that comes from her kitchen is award winning, and I know the time and energy she puts into creating EVERY recipe perfectly. Make sure and head over to her sites and send her some love. She is also a certified nutritionalist and has 3 openings for clients who would like her professional help with their dietary needs. Ellen has suffered with autoimmune diseases nearly her entire life and has found through eating the right foods she is healthier and happier than ever. She is a great example to me and I know you are going to learn a ton from her too.

Now, for her vegan-black bean is this amazing recipe that won’t leave you missing meat or flavor. I can hardly wait to try this recipe this weekend. Also, this Peach Cobbler Protein Shake recipe will be on our new meal planner tomorrow, so enjoy and check it out at Deals to Meals.

Also, make sure and follow her accounts to find out her secret recipe for these amazing (and healthy) homemade curly fries. This is a meal you won’t have to feel guilty feeding your family! Okay…have I convinced you yet? What are you waiting for? Become a follower of Ellen’s and you will be one, happy gal!

Best Grillable Vegan Black Bean Burger
  1. 1 cup cooked brown rice (I used a precooked brand from Costco that also has quinoa and garlic in it)
  2. 1 cup ground almonds
  3. 1 tbsp garlic olive oil ( evoo works too)
  4. 1 medium white onion, sliced
  5. 2 tbsp raw sugar
  6. 1 tbsp chili powder,
  7. 1 tbsp cumin powder
  8. 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  9. ½ tsp frsh ground black pepper (I like smoked pepper)
  10. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  11. 1 can black beans rinsed
  12. ½ cup oatmeal
  13. 1/4 cup vegan BBQ sauce
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  1. Heat a skillet over high heat, once heated turn down to medium and add the garlic olive oil, onion and sugar. Sauté for a few minutes until onion is translucent then turn to low and continue to let caramelize while you work on the other items.
  2. In a blender or food processor combine almonds, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper until combined. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Put black beans, rice, half of the caramelized onion and the oatmeal into the blender or food processor and pulse a few time to combine but not too much, you want it to have some texture.
  3. Combine the two mixtures and kneed together as you would a traditional patty using the BBq sauce as a binder until the texture is right. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  4. Form into 6-8 patties depending on the size of your buns.
  5. If grilling brush both sides of the patty with olive oil to prevent sticking, and cook 3-4 minutes each side. They can also be cooked in a skillet or on a Panini type press for about 5 minutes or until starts to brown.
  6. Serve on toasted buns or wrapped in lettuce. Top with the remaining caramelized onions and any other burger topping you like!
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