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Black Bean Burgers with Tempeh Crisps

These all-vegan burgers offer complete protein, and the unusual tempeh crisps provide an additional protein-filled treat. As an alternate garnish, use thinly sliced onions for a jolt of color.



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3 cups cooked black beans
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2 cups cooked brown rice
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1 cup bread crumbs
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½ tsp. salt
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½ tsp. black pepper
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¼ cup chopped scallions
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1 Tbs. chili powder
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1 Tbs. catsup
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½ to ¾ cup water, or as needed to process
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12 oz. tempeh, sliced into thin strips
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2 Tbs. chili powder
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½ tsp. pepper
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6 whole wheat buns


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To make Black Bean Burgers: Combine black beans, brown rice, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, scallions, chili powder and catsup in food processor, and process, adding just enough water to blend, until smooth. Form into 6 equal-sized patties, and chill 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, to make Tempeh Crisps: Toss tempeh strips with chili powder, salt and pepper. Spread strips evenly on sheet pan, and bake about 15 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven, and set aside.
  4. Heat skillet over medium heat, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add patties, cooking 5 minutes on each side, or until heated through. Place each burger on whole wheat bun. Garnish with crisps and favorite condiments.

Wine Suggestions

Beer and burgers are a time-honored match, so why mess with a good thing? Grab a frosty mug, pour in some of San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam Beer and go for the gusto!

Nutrition Information: 

26 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
81 g
820 mg
16 g
6 g

Comments on this Recipe

I thought these were pretty good, but it was like eating a bean burrito. I like the idea of the tempeh crisps but I think those have lots of room for improvement also. Im still on a quest for the perfect go to veggie burger. Moving on.....

Very good! I used good quality multi grain bread to make bread crumbs. Spice according to taste. I used Eden Organic canned Black Beans. I used some of the bean juice instead of water. At this time I did not make the Tempeh Crisps as time was an issue. However, I will add the crisps next time I make the recipe.