Spicy Black Bean Burgers

If you follow Steph’s Bite by Bite you know that she is hosting Fit-Ober and a 24 day AdvoCare challenge. Although I am not participating in those specific challenges, I did purchase the AdvoCare 10 day herbal cleanse after being lured in by the amazing results Steph has already been seeing. My day one belly looks similar to Steph’s (we’re the same weight too) so we shall see how it goes!  Although I have to admit, reading the guidelines about eating 8 cups of veggies/fruit a day, at least 8 cups of water, only whole grains, little to no fat, and no processed sugar makes me wonder how much the cleanse is doing versus the healthy eating. I eat pretty healthy already but need to work on eating more veggies, less fat and no sugar (goodbye cookies fort 10 days = sadness). Either way, if I am a bit leaner in time for being a bridesmaid in Amber’s wedding this weekend I’ll be a happy camper.

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Speaking of healthier eating, how about a veggie burger? When it comes to meatless burgers, black bean is typically the first kind people think of. Yet, for some reason I shied away from this version and tried every other kind first. I have no legitimate reason for this other than it simply did not appeal to me. But that all changed when this burger came into my life. It should come as no surprise that part of the reason this burger was so appealing to me was the addition of avocado slices on top. But I also liked that jalapeno and corn were mixed into the patty as well.

I made these burgers before the cleanse began, but to meet the guidelines given by AdvoCare I should have substituted the oil with broth, the bun for whole wheat (although I normally do), and the fries for veggies. Next time ;-).

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Serves 3


1/2 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped

1 clove garlic

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp tomato sauce

1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 1-1/2 Tbsp water, let sit for 5 minutes

1/4 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)

Olive oil (or canola oil)

3 burger buns, toasted

Avocado slices, lettuce, sriracha and ketchup, for topping


  1. Add jalapeno and the garlic to a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely.
  2. Add half the can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax mixture, corn and remaining black beans. Stir well until everything is combined.
  4. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into three patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.
  5. Serve burgers on toasted buns with avocado slices, lettuce, sriracha and ketchup.

Source: Halved from Eat, Live, Run.


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