How to Make Spicy Veggie Burger Patties

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How to Make Spicy Veggie Burger Patties
How to Make Spicy Veggie Burger Patties (Image: Julia Mueller)

Veggie burgers make a satisfying meal and are easy to make at home. While some store-bought veggie burgers have the reputation of being bland, or even unhealthy, you can spice up homemade veggie patties in plenty of ways. Combining rice and beans in a burger patty provides a complete protein and makes for a well-rounded, nutritious meal. Chipotle chilies give these black bean veggie burger patties a kick. Finish with your favorite toppings.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 (14-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Olive oil or canola oil for cooking

Cook the brown rice according to package instructions. You'll need one cup cooked, which is the equivalent of 1/3 cup uncooked rice. It's easiest to cook 1 cup of dry rice (yielding 3 cups cooked) and save the leftover cooked rice for other uses.

In order to make black bean burgers spicy, you can use fresh diced jalapeno, leaving the seeds in, dried cayenne pepper or canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. Chipotle chilies are very spicy, so you'll only need one pepper for the recipe and can use the remaining chilies for future uses.

Gather your ingredients before you begin so everything is handy.
Gather your ingredients before you begin so everything is handy. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 1: Prepare the Base

Pour the cooked brown rice and drained and rinsed black beans into a mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash the beans, leaving them somewhat chunky.

Add beans and rice to a bowl and mash.
Add beans and rice to a bowl and mash. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Chop the Vegetables

Finely chop the red onion, garlic and chipotle chili. Make sure the pieces are very fine so they can become well incorporated with the burger patties.

Chop the onion, garlic and chipotle chili.
Chop the onion, garlic and chipotle chili. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Mix

Add the onion, garlic, chili, ground cumin and salt to the mixing bowl with the rice and beans.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Stir everything together until well-incorporated. The rice and bean mixture will be thick, slightly sticky and very malleable.

Mix all ingredients together.
Mix all ingredients together. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 4: Form Patties

Form the mixture into a large ball, and then divide it into four equal sections. Make a small ball out of one of the sections and press between your palms to flatten into a burger patty.

Form four burger patties.
Form four burger patties. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Make patties out of the remaining three sections of the mixture, and place all of the patties on a plate.

Place veggie patties on a plate to prepare them for cooking.
Place veggie patties on a plate to prepare them for cooking. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 5: Cook

Heat a large (10-inch) skillet to medium-high, and add enough cooking oil to generously coat the surface, about 3 tablespoons.

Carefully place all of the burger patties on the hot skillet. Cook until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully flip the patties and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown on both sides.

Cook using medium-high heat.
Cook using medium-high heat. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 6: Serve

Toast burger buns, and make complete veggie burgers with your favorite toppings, such as fresh greens, avocado, tomato and onion.

Serve veggie burgers with your favorite toppings.
Serve veggie burgers with your favorite toppings. (Image: Julia Mueller)

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