Kick-Ass Tempeh & Black Bean Burgers


Does it still freak any of you out when you create/cook a vegan meal that tastes JUST like meat?

I tend to feel slightly guilty when I eat a really great veggie burger or seitan because I always think I enjoy them more thoroughly because they’re so reminiscent of their animal unfriendly counterparts. Is that un-vegan of me? To enjoy the “meaty” texture of veggie-based meals so much?

Whatever the case, these hearty, tempeh burgers definitely kick ass. The flavors literally burst with every bite and it’s the most meat-ish bean burger I’ve ever tasted. The guilt of consuming such a beefy looking burger quickly diminishes when you sample how amazing they are. They hold together extremely well and taste just as good reheated, which is sometimes an aspect I find lacking in other burgers I’ve made. Try them out!

1 8 oz package organic tempeh (I found a barley/grain one that was delish)

1 cup black beans, cooked

1 green pepper, diced

1 red onion, diced

1 cup fresh organic non-GMO corn

1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1/2 cup wheat gluten

1/4 cup chipotle hot sauce (BBQ sauce or any other spicy sauce is fine)

1/4 cup vegetable broth (plus more if mix is dry)

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for frying

  • In a frying pan over medium heat, saute red onion in 2 tbsp olive oil for 5 minutes
  • Add green pepper, corn, salt and black pepper and cook for 5-7 more minutes
  • Meanwhile, pulse tempeh, black beans, hot sauce and dry mustard together in a food processor until blended
  • Add bread crumbs, wheat gluten, veggie broth and HALF of onion/corn mix and pulse for another minute
  • Remove from food processor and stir in remaining onion/corn mix
  • Form mix into patties and cook in olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side






About Lisa

*Lisa is the founder and personal chef of The Vegan Pact and blogger at Her passion for vegan food is shown through her daily recipe blog, private meal deliveries and cooking classes in the Boston area.

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