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Burgers are an American staple. You can pretty much drive anywhere at any given time and buy a burger- even if that means it’s 2 in the wee morning. Yes, in this country, the action of eating burgers is so valued that companies pay people to stay up past bedtime to shove hamburgers through a tiny window after you speak into a magic box (which also serves as a gateway to the underworld muhahaha).

And no wonder- the burger is a cousin to the classic sandwich, only WAY cooler (turns out sliced bread is not the coolest thing since sliced bread). The burger is so cool in fact, that I’m surprised it doesn’t have mini sideburns.

All of this “awesomeness” comes at a price though, which is why I became vegan in the first place. Finding out about the horror that goes on behind slaughterhouse doors turned my super cool burger into the creepy guy that lives in the basement…or perhaps he lives

IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER.*

*if you were not a fan of SNL in the 90’s, you may be wondering why I’m screaming via caps lock. In that case, I apologize for the inconvenience…not really.

I’d much rather sit back and enjoy the company of a veggie burger, the trippy cousin that never wears shoes and sells sliced watermelon on the side of the road on weekends. 

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But enough with metaphors. You came here for the food…they always do.

Yes, vegans can still enjoy burgers, and they can even enjoy bacon. You can try this at home kids, it’s 100% safe and cruelty free. It’s also a lot healthier for you- not only do you not have to worry about the conditions and antibiotics that were pumped into the animals before they were slaughtered, but you also don’t have to worry about dropping dead from a heart attack from eating too many greasy patties.

One of the best things about these bean burgers is that they pack a protein punch. Using rice and beans as a power couple, you can get a complete serving of your amino acids (which is what makes a complete protein in the first place). Top this baby with some veggie bacon, and you have yourself a reincarnation of a fast-food-drive-through-patty, without having to leave your house at 2 a.m. because you got “a hankerin’.”

You can also top it with whatever else your veggie heart desires: vegan cheese slices, onions, pickles, veggie mayo, or a crap ton of mustard.

Just don’t eat it

like Matt Foley

IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER.

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Vegan Black Bean & Bacon Burger

Ingredients:

  • 1 C brown rice
  • 2 C broth of your choice (you can use veggie or “not-beef” )
  • 1 C oats
  • 2 Tbsp flax
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (mesquite)
  • Sprinkle of garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Coconut oil for frying
  • Vegan bacon slices
  • Burger buns
  • Toppings such as sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, ketchup, mustard, etc.

Directions:

  1. Cook rice in the broth of your choice. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, add oats and flax. Process until it turns into a powder.
  3. Add black beans, soy sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, and half of the rice to the food processor. Process until combined well (it will be thick!).
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining rice, salt, and pepper to taste.
  5. Using your hands, shape burger mixture into 8 large patties.
  6. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a frying pan and cook vegan bacon according to package.
  7. Using the same frying pan, cook patties for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until browned the way you like ’em.
  8. Remove from heat and assemble burger with vegan bacon and toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

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Vegan Black Bean & Bacon Burger
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C brown rice
  2. 2 C broth of your choice (you can use veggie or "not-beef" )
  3. 1 C oats
  4. 2 Tbsp flax
  5. 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained well
  6. 1 Tbs soy sauce
  7. 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (mesquite)
  8. Sprinkle of garlic
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. Coconut oil for frying
  11. Vegan bacon slices
  12. Burger buns
  13. Toppings such as sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, ketchup, mustard, etc.
Instructions
  1. Cook rice in the broth of your choice. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, add oats and flax. Process until it turns into a powder.
  3. Add black beans, soy sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, and half of the rice to the food processor. Process until combined well (it will be thick!).
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining rice, salt, and pepper to taste.
  5. Using your hands, shape burger mixture into 8 large patties.
  6. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a frying pan and cook vegan bacon according to package.
  7. Using the same frying pan, cook patties for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until browned the way you like 'em.
  8. Remove from heat and assemble burger with vegan bacon and toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
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 Check out my other great burger recipes:

Mexican Bean Burgers

Portobello and Peach Burgers

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What are your favorite burger toppings? Share in the comments below!

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4 comments

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I love a good veggie burger. I will try this one soon! I will try with some vegan bacon made from eggplant.. my fav!!

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OOoohh that sounds delicious! I’ve made eggplant bacon once, but I think I should have sliced it thinner. Next time I’ll have to try that!

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I love a good veggie burger I never even knew about Vegan bacon !! thanks for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday

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Yes it’s actually very yummy and makes a good substitute!!

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