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Easy Veggie Burgers

Adam Silver, CEO of Calgary Jewish Federation wears many hats, one of them being family chef! He loves spending time in the kitchen preparing a variety of delicious dishes for his family. One of his favourites – and lucky for us, he is sharing – is his recipe for Easy Veggie Burgers. Enjoy!


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12 medium patties




  • 1 pound can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups diced veggies (e.g. combo of carrot, celery, sweet potato, corn, spinach)
  • 2 tsp + 2 tbsp oil for frying (suggestions: olive, coconut, grapeseed)
  • 3 tbsp liquid flavour (mix and match bbq sauce, sweet soy glaze, dijon mustard, or try other similar liquids)
  • 4 tsp spice (experiment with combining at least two: smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, oregano, basil, curry powder)
  • 1 cup mixed dry base (use ½ each of oats and whole wheat flour, but feel free to try other flours)
  • ½ cup texture ingredient (e.g. chopped walnuts, but you can experiment with olives, sundried tomatoes, leftover cooked rice/quinoa/bulgur)




  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in pan over medium heat. Fry the onion, veggies, and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a food processor and pulse with beans, liquid flavour, spice, until combined but still chunky. Pulse in the dry base and texture ingredient.
  3. Form into golf ball size balls and flatten into patties. Applying pressure and forming patties once flattened helps to hold the patties together.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Fry patties 2-3 minutes per side until browned and heated through. Works well with a grill pan or frying pan. Varied success on actual grill.
  5. Plate and enjoy!

Adapted from nomeatathlete.com