Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chipotle Bean Burgers

I absolutely love chipotle peppers because of the extra heat it brings to a dish and its unique smokey taste. I had the idea of adding a couple peppers to an already good but a bit simple, bean burger recipe. Its funny how one extra ingredient can totally change the flavor of a meal.

Feel free to play around with the number of peppers added if you want something more mild or spicy. I added two peppers and it wasn't spicy at all. Leave the seeds in if you really like spicy. Anyone else love making their own patties? Boca burgers have nothing on my patties : ]

Makes 8 patties

* 1 yellow onion, diced finely
* 1 carrot, grated
* 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
* 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobe, seeded and minced
* 1-2 tsp adobe sauce, optional
* 2 tsp olive oil
* 1 ( 15 ounce ) can of pinto beans
* 1 ( 15 ounce ) can of black beans
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp dried oregano
* 1/2 tsp cumin
* 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten

* hamburger buns
* lettuce, tomatoes
* vegan mayo and ketchup

1. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, chipotle pepper and adobe sauce and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. Mash the pinto and black beans in a large bowl. Stir in the onion mixture, salt, oregano and cumin.

3. Sprinkle the wheat gluten a little at a time over the bean mixture and knead. Continue adding the gluten a little at a time and kneading until all is incorporated. You should knead no longer than 5 minutes.

4. Shape mixture into 8 patties and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Coat each patty with cooking spray or brush oil on each patty.

5. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes or until browned and heated through.


  1. That sounds fabulous - definitely on my list of recipes to try!

  2. This looks like a really delicious burger, Jacklyn! I make a chipotle black bean burger sometimes, but I've never recorded the recipe. You know, I do it a bit different each time. I might try yours too. Oh, and those look like sweet potato fries on the side. Nice with the peppers:-)

  3. Chipotle is like a magic ingredient that transforms everything into culinary greatness. Try it on mashed potatoes too. Or even chocolate!

  4. You had me at "chipotle"! These look fantabulous!

  5. That is a great looking burger!!

  6. What a great burger...must try this...thank you.

  7. Looks great! What did you serve on the side?

    You are right with that boca comment, for sure.

  8. That is a great looking burger - I like the smoky chipotles with the black beans. I like making my own patties, too, but I'm still looking for the perfect recipe.

  9. Looks great! I love burgers, and chipotle sounds like a nice addition.

  10. So I just got home from work and as usual I'm irritated but UNUSUALLY now I'm starving. This burger looks amazing! And I totally love your blog name and the fact that your display picture is a cat. Wondrous.

  11. it's the 1st thing in the morn & you've made me hungry for a veg burger!! :) Can't wait to try it today, but I'm wondering what to substitute for the vital wheat gluten (since the cupboard's empty & a storm on the way) --- mashed potato?

  12. I adore chipotles! Especially in burgers. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  13. Really amazing blog. Wonderful work. I appreciate. And thanks for sharing info.

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  15. Love that these are baked instead of pan fried!