Sincerely Carolina

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Sunshine on My Burger.

by caroline

‘Round here, the scenery is something to behold. One of my favorite elements of this gorgeous backdrop? The colorful boats.

Aren’t they fun?

One thing’s for sure: These boats surely pair well with the bright and lovely veggie burgers I’m about to share with you. In case you didn’t already know, I’m all about veggie burgers. I love how flavorful and vegetable-ly-chunky they are, and I am always wanting to create and try new recipes. When I saw this one on Eat, Live, Run, I knew it was one I had to add to my repertoire. All it needed was one major gluten-free swap (the bread crumbs) and a few of my own touches, and it was bound to be a delightful addition to the Hall of Amazing Veggie Burgers.

Meet the newest inductee  …

Spiced Black Bean Burgers (adapted from Eat, Live, Run)

(Print me!)


  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax, plus 3 Tablespoons of water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs or torn gluten-free bread
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
  • olive oil, as desired, for frying burgers

NOTE: For my “bread crumbs”, I toasted and then tore Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread into small chunks (3/4 cup worth) and tossed it into the mixture. You might also try store-bought gluten-free bread crumbs, like Glutino Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs.


Add the garlic cloves and one can of black beans to a food processor (or high speed blender), pulsing to combine. Add the cumin and salt, and pulse until mixture is similar to a chunky black bean dip.

In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let it sit for five minutes.

Transfer the mixture from the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax, carrots, celery and corn. Stir well until everything is combined. Add remaining can of black beans.

Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry until golden brown (about 4 minutes each side).

Served with avocado per Jenna’s suggestion:

Served on a Rudi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger Bun:

Each and every bite of these burgers was unreal. I finished mine and was already looking forward to eating the leftovers. Wanna make ’em vegan? Choose vegan bread/bread crumbs to make the burgers and you’re in business!

I think I already know what today’s lunch is gonna be … ;)