Serves 4 to 6
This is the ultimate not-your-average veggie burger recipe that I just can’t get enough of! The patty is made from perfectly spiced black beans with slow cooked caramelized onions inside to add sweetness and moisture.
Black Bean Patties
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 small carrot, peeled and finely diced or shredded (about ½ cup)
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup water
Spicy Mango Sauce
- 1 mango, peeled and cut
- ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, whole or sliced
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
- 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
- ¼ cup salsa fresca
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 12 to 15 mini buns or dinner rolls
To make the Black Bean Patties: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onions and let cook until tender and slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer onions to a large bowl. Reserve skillet for later use.
Add beans, carrots, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, chili powder, salt, cilantro, and water to the bowl of onions. Use a large spoon or your hands to mash it all together. If the mixture is too dry to hold together, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Using your hands, form the bean mixture into patties, to match the size of your slider buns. In the reserved nonstick skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat, and pan-fry patties about 3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned and crisp. Add more oil to the skillet as needed. Drain patties on paper towels.
To make the Spicy Mango Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
To make the Guacamole: In a large bowl, mash together avocado and lime juice, then fold in salsa fresca. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble the Sliders: Slice each bun in half and layer a couple teaspoons of Spicy Mango Sauce, 1 Black Bean Patty, and about a tablespoon of Guacamole. If you have extra Spicy Mango Sauce, you can use it as a dip for your fries!