Truth: despite the intricate meals I post on my social media, I love messy savoury meals. After a long day at work, the last thing that either of us want to do is spend time in the kitchen making dinner. I love cooking but I also love having down time in my pjs!
My favourite quick savoury meals include Mexican, burgersand anything with avocado. It only made sense for me to combine all of my loves into one recipe!
These black bean burgers are wholesome, exciting, salty, sweet and crunchy. The patties are a robust concoction of barbecue-flavoured black beans and quinoa. They are definitely not like your typical frozen veggie pattie where veggies have been smooshed together (mind you, I do enjoy them as well).
The black beans give the patties an earthy robustness unlike any other bean or legume. The quinoa provides a wonderful texture which just crumbles in your mouth. I added Niulife’s Organic Coconut Aminos Barbeque Sauce as a quick way to boost the burger… and man, it was delicious!
What is coconut aminos? It’s basically fermented coconut nectar with seasonings added, such as garlic. It is known as a soy-free and more nutritious alternative to soy sauce. A lot of people, such as those on a paleo diet, opt for coconut aminos to avoid the potential GMO effects of soy. Don’t worry – coconut aminos is not a sugary soy-like sauce. The fermentation of the coconut nectar converts the sugar into healthier things such as good bacteria which helps with gut disgestion. (Footnote 1)
Whenever I read bloggers or companies say that a certain product boasts XYZ benefits, I always take the information with a grain of salt. I did a few hours of internet research and couldn’t find a scientific nutritional breakdown of coconut aminos itself. However, since coconut aminos is a fermented coconut nectar, it’s likely that the aminos has the same (if not more) health benefits of the nectar. Coconut nectar has 17 amino acids, a high amount of potassium, iron etc (compared to other sweeteners), so it is very likely that coconut aminos has the same health benefits. (Footnote 2)
Niulife is one of the very few companies in Australia that sells coconut aminos and probably the only one that’s made a barbeque sauce out of it! It’s got a complex sweet and salty flavour. Tasting it brings me back to memories of having barbeques in friends’ backyards and sitting by their pool. The marinade is perfect as the only seasoning for your veggie burger/tofu or whatever. You definitely don’t need to add any other seasoning to make your meal delicious!
- The Philippine Food and Nutrition Research Institute via www.realrawfood.com/coconut-nectar-and-sugar
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Mexican black bean burgers
Black bean patties
- 2-4 hamburger buns
- 1 avocado, mashed
- ¼ red onion, sliced
- 1 large tomato, sliced or cubed
- 2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
- Handful of lettuce leaves
- Large handful of corn chips
- Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- For the patties: Add the oats and chia to a food processor and whizz until it forms a flour consistency. Drain the black beans. Add all pattie ingredients except the quinoa to the food processor and whizz until combined. Add the quinoa to the food processor and pulse until just combined.
- Shape the black bean mixture into patties, place onto baking tray and put into oven.
- After 10-15 minutes or when the edges of the patties have become crisp, flip over each pattie.
- Meanwhile, cut and prepare all of the rest of the burger ingredients.
- When the patties are cooked, remove from oven and cool. Assemble burgers as desired.