These black bean sliders are the perfect vegetarian option for your backyard grill sesh.
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Before you get to the slider recipe, I thought I would introduce myself! My name is Kate and I’m interning with Maria this summer. I am an Economics major with a minor in Exercise and Sports Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
As we approach the 4th of July, I realize this will be my first as a vegetarian. Something that caused me to feel a twinge of remorse. The 4th will be forever associated with hamburgers and hotdogs in my mind. So while I am still finding it hard to believe that it is summer (quarantine time passes differently), I wanted to make a delicious vegetarian burger that I could eat alongside the rest of my family. So began my quest to create the perfect vegetarian burgers.
Protein-Packed Black Beans
When trying to decide how to make the slider, I choose black beans for the base. They are high in protein and are generally more accepted than say, a kidney bean. They also give the burger a good color compared to a processed veggie burger. With the added flavor of onions, garlic, and spices, you can’t go wrong with these!
Sliders take the burger game to the next level. I have always preferred a slider to a hamburger because their fun size makes the food seem more special. Because they are different, picky eaters may even be tempted to try! If you’re looking for other types of sliders, check out these turkey burger sliders.
Tips for successful black bean sliders!
- Rinsing the beans removes much of the sodium that is added when the beans are canned.
- One criticism of “veggie burgers” is that they are often too crumbly. Using two eggs will help keep the ingredients stick together. Saving you from a crumbly burger!
- Find the right level of bean for you. I personally like seeing some of the black beans in my burger. So I try not to over mash. But, if you have picky eaters, you may want to mash all the beans. I find that using a mashing tool like this one instead of a fork reduces the overall mixing time significantly.
- Use a grill pan! This will give your burgers nice charcoal stripes, as you see on classic burgers (something that my dad said he really liked about the burgers). A traditional pan or baking them is also possible if you don’t have a grill pan.
This recipe was adapted from The Pioneer Woman.
Black Bean Sliders
- 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 slider buns
- Combine the beans, chopped onion, add bread crumbs to a bowl.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
- Add 3 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin, and ½ teaspoon chili powder and a ½ teaspoon of salt into the mixture.
- Add the egg mixtures to the dry ingredients. Use a "masher" and mix the ingredients into one another. Some of the beans will naturally get squished by this process.
- Roll into small patties and place on an oiled grill pan at medium heat.
- Cook for about 8 minutes on both sides.
- Place slider on buns with desired toppings!