Need a simple and easy, yet healthy dinner idea? This 5 Ingredient (not including spices) Black Bean Burger with Cilantro Aïoli and Sweet Potato Fries is a perfect dinner for any day of the week. All of this ready in about 30 minutes, enough time for the fries to bake. The burgers are ready in only about 15 minutes, giving you plenty of time to get all your fixings ready (including that delicious aïoli), and a green salad on the side to up your vegetable portions for the day and add some delicious extra nutrients to this meal. Yummy! If you think eating healthy is boring, think again!
If you eat meat every day, this black bean burger recipe is a great way to add variety to your meals, and reduce the amount of meat you eat in a healthy and totally tasty way. Just say no to ultra-processed fake meats with strange ingredients, and go for real, whole foods!
Whenever we hear of vegan or vegetarian meals, many are concerned about the amount of proteins. But fear not, this recipe has plenty of proteins, not to mention that by combining the amino acids (what proteins are made of) from the black beans and the chickpea flour, and the ones from the grains in the buns, you end up with a complete protein! If you want, you can even add some leftover cooked brown rice or cooked quinoa (or millet or amaranth) to the patties for even more proteins and nutrients.
Also, according to many studies, including Harvard, we don’t nearly need as much protein as what the media and marketing ads seem to be telling us!
This recipe is excellent to have on hands for anyone who has allergies or sensitivities, since it is naturally dairy-free and has no eggs (vegan), as well as being gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and corn-free.
Prepare the sweet potato wedges first, put in the oven so that they cook while you’re making the rest of the dinner, that way everything should be ready in about 30 minutes. To save even more time, you can prepare the aïoli the night before (it lasts in the fridge up to 5 days).
Oh, and the best part? Make a double-batch of these and you can use the patties on top of a big salad for lunch the next day!
Looking for other meatless burger ideas? Check out this tasty Mushroom and Walnut Burger!
5 Ingredient Black Bean Burger with Aïoli and Sweet Potato Fries | Vegan | Gluten-Free
Add a green salad on the side and you've got a complete, easy, and healthy meal ready in about 30 minutes that the whole family will enjoy!
Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 lbs organic sweet potatoes washed, yucky parts removed/trimmed, cut in wedges or fries
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp herbes de Provence mix (or dry oregano, thyme and rosemary)
- 1/8 tsp black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp grey sea salt to sprinkle on after the fries are cooked
- 1 clove garlic minced very finely
- 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
- 1/3 cup organic mayonnaise of your choice
- fresh lemon juice a squeeze
- black pepper to taste
Black Bean Burgers
- 398 ml organic black beans (1 regular size can) rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 red onion minced
- 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro minced
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- black pepper a few pinches
- extra-virgin olive oil for cooking
Sweet Potato Fries
Warm oven to 375F. Put the fries in a large mixing bowl, drizzle with olive oil and mix. Then sprinkle all the spices over them (except the salt) and mix well. Place the sweet potato fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread them so that they are not touching.
Bake in oven at 375F for about 30 minutes, or until nicely golden and roasted. (The bigger the wedges, the longer it takes to bake.)
- Simply mix all ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.
Black Bean Burgers
- Put the black beans in a large bowl and mash using a potato masher (or a fork), or alternatively, if you have a food processor or blender, use that, it'll be even faster. Add the onion, coriander, paprika, sea salt and pepper. Mix well.
Then add the 2 flours and mix really well. It should give you a creamy dry texture. Then using your clean hands, divide the mixture in half and then in half again, make 4 balls and flatten them in your hands, like hamburger patties.
Warm a large pan over medium heat (or slightly lower to avoid the smoking/burning point). Drizzle with a good amount of olive oil and immediately put the burgers in to cook. Only about 3 minutes per side, or until nicely golden and crisp. Keep them in a warm oven if cooking more.
- Serve on a toasted wholegrain bun with aïoli, lettuce, red onion slices, and tomato slices, with sweet potato wedges on the side. A side green salad would be a great addition! Yum!
Be careful when flipping the burgers over! They can easily slip and fall, splashing hot oil!
Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 523kcal | Fat: 19g | Saturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1088mg | Potassium: 1174mg | Carbohydrates: 78g | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 11g | Vitamin A: 32475% | Vitamin C: 10.9% | Calcium: 117% | Iron: 4%
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What a great looking meal! So healthy and colorful! 🙂
These pictures make my mouth water!
I am eating my delicious black bean burger and fries! It took me exactly 30 min from start to food in my mouth! Tastes great, love the aioli in it instead of the old ketchup/mustard combo. Of course I forgot the cilantro at the store so I put chives instead, still delicious. I also added avocado in mine because …. Well it’s avocado and everything is better with it 😉 Thanks for the great recipe and the awesome photos!!!!
So glad you liked it! That chive substitution was a good idea!
Nicoletta @sugarlovespices says
Black beans are so good and good for you (and sweet potatoes, too!) We love homemade veggie burgers (no store bought ones, for us!) and make them often, this recipe will be a great addition to our rotation. Nice pictures, Gabby, make you hungry! 🙂
Thanks Nicoletta! It’s always nice to have a variety of choices for our meals 😉 I like that this one is so incredibly easy to make and cooks in no time at all. Enjoy! 🙂
Marie-Pierre Breton says
Cilantro aioli sounds dreamy! Such a good idea! I always look for new ways to eat vegetarian and this sounds my type of vegetarian dish! A good old Veggie Burger, I’ll definitely try this out soon!
Thank you! in my opinion, the cilantro aioli is mandatory! haha it’s so good, and a perfect complement to the burger. I’m sure you’ll love it if you try it
Yep, I’m always concerned my daughter is not getting enough protein. These burgers (and fries) look delicious and the perfect summer family dinner the next time she’s home on break.
It is a valid concern for vegans, it all depends on what she eats. As a good rule of thumb, if you can eat beans or lentils with rice or quinoa in the same day, you’re good to go for proteins! Think of classic vegan meals from cultures like in South America or in India. They did it right without knowing, plus it tastes delicious! 😉
La Cuisine d'Helene says
Your recipe looks so good that I had to share with my readers. I can’t wait to make it.
Merci Hélène! I look forward to hearing your feedback 🙂
Veggie burgers + sweet potato fries = perfect meal. These look fantastic! 🙂
Thank you very much! I couldn’t agree more, it’s so good, we had it 3 days in a row! haha
kristy @ she eats says
Holy aioli Gab-a-dolé! 😉 I actually don’t like cilantro or mayo but I DO like sweet potato wedges and I LOVE black bean burgers. I’m excited to get your recipe miss. I have a standard black bean burger recipe on my blog I usually use but I’ve been looking for a new one. To mix it up, ya know? Black bean burgers SAVED me when I was a veggie – if I needed protein, they were highly satisfying. I’m stoked to try this one. And the photos are gorgeous, darling.
Hey! Thanks Kristy! I used to not like cilantro, but in certain recipes, like this one, it’s amazing! 🙂 But if you don’t like mayo, I’ve got nothing for ya! hahaha If you make this super quick recipe, maybe add some extra spices, like BBQ flavour or something, just for an extra taste.
Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs says
Beautiful pictures! I usually bake my bean burgers but these look like they hold together really well. And those pickles! I haven’t had a good pickle in months!
Thank you! and yes, they hold amazingly well, I might even try putting them on the BBQ next time! These are my own homemade pickles! 🙂
Just made these tonight at the cottage. They are absolutely delicious (though I confess I didn’t have cilantro, so had to substitute fresh parsley from the garden.). Cilantro next time, I promise. SUCH a delicious recipe!
Thanks! It does taste amazing with cilantro, but parsley is pretty good too. Glad you enjoyed them!