black bean burgers with mango relish

16 | February 16, 2011

For months now, I have been constantly reminded that I promised to figure out a recipe for veggie burgers by one Mr. Atlas, the one and only hubby of our own Ashley Bass. After a couple of failed attempts involving his two adorable kids running out of the dinning room in terror, they both have been pushing me to create a veggie burger that is easy to make and edible.

All of this thinking about veggie burgers had me falling back in a time warp when yours truly decided it was a smart idea to become a vegetarian fifteen years ago. Needless to say it did not take and after a three year trial I broke down shamelessly after a night out with my friends. It was a sad scene where I literally begged a local hamburger institution, Jack’s Burger House on Hillcrest Avenue in Dallas, Texas to stay open past hours to make me a triple hamburger, side of fries and a coke. From then on I vowed never to turn my back on a Jacks burger again and my life has been great ever since. But I will tell you still to this day I crave a good veggie burger. For this recipe I dug back into my brain and tried to remember my old recipe with a little inspiration form the best spinach and bean burger I have ever had at Twin Sisters in San Antonio, Texas.

Jason, this one’s for you…

Black Bean Burgers makes 4

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup baby spinach, organic
  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tbs flour
  • 2 Tbs cornmeal
  • 4 burger buns or dinner rolls, optional

Mango Relish

  • 1 mango
  • 1 red bell pepper, organic
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice (1/2 lime)
  • 1 Tbs cilantro, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, optional

Let’s start off with cooking a sweet potato. Pierce the potato with a fork several times.

Wrap the sweet potato in a very damp paper towel and place on a plate. Place in a microwave oven for 5 to 6 minutes, flipping the potato once halfway through cooking.

Once cooked, scoop the flesh of the potato out with a spoon, discarding the skins, and set aside.

Peel the garlic cloves and roughly chop. Place in a food processor or blender.

Along with the garlic, place the spinach in the food processor and pulse until both garlic and spinach are finely chopped.

Rinse beans and place half of them in the food processor with the spinach and garlic. Set aside the other half.

Add the sweet potato and olive oil to the food processor. Puree for 1 minute until smooth.

Add salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin and pulse a couple of more times until all the spices are incorporated.

Remove mixture to a bowl and add the flour and cornmeal. Stir.

Add the beans that were set aside earlier and fold in.

Heat a greased (I use Pam cooking spray) skillet or griddle on medium. Form patties out of the mixture with your hands. {Using an ice cream scoop makes this very easy.}

Place the patties on the griddle and cook 4 minutes per side. Let rest for a minute before serving. Now you can serve it just like this, on a bun with your favorite burger toppings (Mia likes hers on a bun with cheese and lettuce) or you could…

Dice a mango into cubes and place in a bowl.

Cut the bell pepper into strips then dice. Add to the mango.

De-seed and dice the serrano and place in the bowl.

Chop the cilantro and add to the bowl with the mango.

Add lime juice and stir. Simple, fresh and amazingly good on pretty much anything.

Black Bean Burgers with Mango Relish… seriously good even if you eat meat.


  • Mary

    I love love love this blog!!!! Yum!

  • Kat

    My kids actually love the frozen patties but have you seen the sodium in those things yuk! I can’t stand them myself but I like veggie burgers at restaurants. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Harper

    This looks great! Btw, your butternut squash and peach muffins are almost a weekly event here.

  • Katie m

    You are something! Love this idea.

  • Leigh

    Would the relish work on fish like mahi?

  • Lauren c

    I’m going to make it this weekend. I love a good bean burger!

  • Regina Edwards

    Yummy! I love veggie burgers, I have made a black bean burger before, but it was not veggie based. I will have to try this!

    BTW is your knife PINK? If so, I love you that much more!!!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      Oh yeah, It is pink. Bright eye blinding pink and I love it! It’s a Pure Komachi II, and I use it as my everyday knife. Pretty affordable and you can get them at William Sonoma or any kitchen gadget store. Love them.

  • Holly

    Yummmm!! I want this, can you bring me one? Now??

    And where did you find a fresh ripe mango?

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      You would probably like these!

      Just at the store. Like avocados, mangos bloom year round. It’s just a hit or miss and I’ve been lucky lately. I’ll mail you some!

  • Pretty. Good. Food.

    Yum!!! These sound fantastic! I will definitely be giving them a try :)

  • Fran

    Made these tonight…. seriously delicious! I’m excited for my 1 and 1/2 year-old to try one tomorrow for lunch. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • ACN

    These are amazing, just so you know! Thanks!

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