Black bean-mushroom burgers with fresh salsa

Black bean-mushroom burgers with fresh salsa

I made these burgers a few days ago, and they were delicious. Crumbly and mushy are the two biggest problems with veggie burgers, and these were neither.

These burgers held together fine in the pan. The texture wasn’t mushy (as bean burgers often are), but they were a bit soft, so I will be tweaking the recipe next time to add some firmness, perhaps with masa harina, or possibly substituting oatmeal for the stale bread crumbs.

The recipe is based on one from The New Vegetarian Grill and can be viewed here.

I served them with fresh salsa, whose Spanish name, pico de gallo, means rooster’s beak. The salsa is also excellent with corn tortilla chips. Be sure to use very tasty, ripe tomatoes.

Pico de gallo (fresh salsa)

British       American
225g   fresh tomatoes, diced   1 cup
40g   chopped onion   1/4 cup
1 clove   garlic, minced   1 clove
2 tablespoons   minced fresh coriander (cilantro)   2 tablespoons
1/8 teaspoon   salt, or to taste   1/8 teaspoon

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.


  1. Hi Felicity,

    I’ve caught up with many of your posts today. I was M.I.A. for a few months. Been grieving the loss of a loved one. But I’m glad to be catching up with all my vegan foodie friends’ blogs this week.

  2. Hi Dia — Good to hear from you again. So sorry about the loss of your friend.

  3. Yum! My bean burgers never seem to come out right, so maybe I’ll have to give this recipe a try. I had never thought about what the translation for “pico de gallo” meant!

  4. *wiping off drool.

    Wow really. You really cook very well. I can just tell they were nice, warm…with a good texture and packed a full taste in the mouth.

    I would looooove to visit you the moment my bank account lets me. Sigh until then I’ll drooling, kicking and screaming of wanting your food. Lucky Mr Thrifty!

    I bet he behaved like that too during the courting days. Replace food with you of course.

  5. Hello, your recipes are excellent, and made me introduce more veggie sin my meals. I’m not vegetarian myself but I’m deeply in love with your blog. Thank you 🙂

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