Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall Flavor Combos: Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers Recipe

There are many flavor combinations that I find extremely appealing. I am often drawn by textures, variety and unusual pairings of unconventional ingredients. Out of all of the mishmash of ingredients I have tried, I am convinced that my absolute favorite mixture is the balance of sweet and savory.

Here are two ingredients that I find work brilliant together….

Pumpkin and Black Beans

The contrast of the sweet pumpkin against the smoky black beans creates an unbelievable compliment to the pallet. I’ve been dabbling with a few recipes that highlights these two things and in my experiment, I came up with a real winner.

Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers
  • ½ Cup of Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ Cup of Black Beans
  • 1 small diced onion
  • ½ Cup of Oats
  • 2 Tbl. Wheat Germ
  • ½ cup of chopped green pepper
  • ¼ cup of edamame (you could also use corn but I like the green stuff better)
  • Cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper, parsley

Suatee the onions for a few min until tender. Add the beans and pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika and cook for 5 min. Once the bean mixture is done, let it cool slightly, then add the pumpkin, oats, wheat germ, and edammame. Lastly, add the remaining seasonings. With wet hands, form 6 patties.

Cook the patties in a hot skillet for 3-5 min on one side, flip, and then place the pan into the oven at 350* to finish cooking for about 15 min.

Once, the burgers are done, add your desired toppings. Mine included another sweet and savory FAVORITE….hummus and peach salsa. I also added sliced avocado and romaine.

The great thing about making a batch of these burgers, is that the freeze well too. I wrapped the leftover patties in saran wrap, placed in a labeled Ziploc and popped them in the freezer for another night.

We enjoyed these for burgers for dinner tonight and since I had made them up over the weekend, it was a simple and fast meal that was put together in less than 20 min.

I also made a quick side of sauteed zuchinni with some cumin, smoked paprika salt and pepper and then added black beans and salsa.

Since Toly is not a fan of pumpkin (such a tragedy I know!) I made him an alternative dinner of a chicken club sandwich with waffle fries. (He is so easy to please)

These Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers are a great spin on your ordinary veggie burger. They are also perfect for Halloween with the appropriate holiday colors of black and orange.

Hope you enjoy! :)
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Check this out! This is may have a signifcant affect on all of the free samples many of us are able to receive.


  1. YUM! These look inccredible! What an awesome burger. I want to try this recipe super bad.

  2. Ok, so that pumpkin burger sounds really good! I will definitely have to try it. I'm looking forward to seeing you guys on Saturday!

  3. ohmygoodness! how creative! i love the looks of these burgers lauren. so halloweeny colored :) thanks for sharing!

  4. pumpkin burgers sound incredible. that is crazy your hubs doesn't like pumpkin. more for you!

  5. I... I... I don't understand. How can anyone not like pumpkin?? Poor Toly. He's totally missing out.

    On the other hand, I have GOT to try those burgers! What an amazing combo :D You know I totally bookmarked this ;)

  6. pumpkin + black beans = genius. I can't wait to try!

  7. Yum! Those sound wonderful, Lauren ... I might have to try those!!

  8. How did you get your burgers to stay together?! :D Mine just fell apart. They look mighty yummy though!

  9. Oh, yum!! Those look awesome - thanks :)

  10. They look like M&M cookies! I'm adding this to the extensive wish-I-could-try-it-right-now-but-can-only-eat-3-meals-a-day list :D

  11. Heyy I just saw the FTC rules today.

    As for those pumpkin black bean burgers.. YUM! I have a recipe that I think you would really appreciate. Pumpkin enchiladas with mole sauce.

  12. Oh my gosh I am making those burgers asap!!

  13. What a superb idea!! In reference to the pumpkin burgers...not the FTC rules...

  14. Those burgers looked so good! Love your creativity! For a split second, I thought I was looking at M&M cookies. HAHAHA! The edamame looked like green M&M's. It's too bad that Toly doesn't like pumpkin...more for you, right? BTW, his club sammie didn't look so bad either. Have a great night, lady!