Jun 5
2013

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce

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I’m teaming up with California Avocados to bring you these vegetarian black bean sliders, topped with a creamy avocado sauce.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

So, you know that awkward moment when you are grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs for all of your summer barbecue guests, and you realize that one of your friends is a vegetarian, but you have absolutely nothing to feed them, except for a potato salad and a cob of grilled corn? We’ve all been there.

Well, these vegetarian burgers are so good that all of your meat-loving friends might start begging for their own black bean slider. And what about the kids? Well, my two boys asked me to make a double batch next time. I’d say that’s a rave review.

If you have leftover brown rice on hand (as we often do) and cans of black beans in the pantry (as we ALWAYS do), these burgers come together really quickly. Throw the black beans and brown rice in the food processor, along with a few other ingredients, such as sauteed onions and chipotle peppers.

If you’re watching your carb intake and prefer to go bun-free, you could serve these patties tucked inside of lettuce wraps. But whatever you do, don’t miss out on the avocado sauce.

As part of my ambassadorship for the California Avocado Commission, I am lucky enough to receive regular shipments of beautiful, creamy avocados. However, you may have noticed that avocados are appearing in abundance in every supermarket right now. We are entering the height of the growing season, and the avocados are begging to be chopped, pureed and eaten straight up.

If you prefer a vegan sauce, replace the Greek yogurt with an equal amount of olive oil. And you might consider making a double batch so that you can spread this sauce on every piece of food that crosses your plate.

The recipe:

The burgers:

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft. Add garlic, chipotle pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Saute for additional 2 minutes.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

Scrape the mixture into the food processor. Add black beans, brown rice and lime juice. Pulse until the beans are chopped, but not pureed.

Scrape the black bean mixture into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and the cilantro. Stir the mixture until combined.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each) and form into patties. If the mixture is too moist to form patties, add more breadcrumbs.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap and cover with additional plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet (preferably not nonstick, so a good crust can form) set over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes per side. If the skillet is not large enough to fit all of the patties, cook them in two batches.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

The sauce:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the chopped California avocado, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, olive oil, chipotle pepper and salt. Puree until smooth.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

Assembling:

Divide the avocado sauce between the rolls.

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com

Top each with one black bean patty and one slice of tomato. Serve.

Other avocado recipes:

Avocado Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shrimp, Avocado & Spring Noodle Spring Rolls
Cookin’ Canuck’s Kicked-Up Avocado Margaritas
Southern Fairytale’s Salmon Patties with Avocado & Spicy Chipotle Avocado Aioli
I Wash…You Dry’s Quinoa Avocado Sushi
Dine & Dish’s Cobb Salad Stuffed Pita Pockets with California Avocados

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 sliders

Serving Size: 1 slider

Calories per serving: 220 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 9.5g; Saturated Fat 1.5g

Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy Avocado Sauce

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

    The burgers:
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium chipotle pepper, seeded & minced
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp minced cilantro
  • The sauce:
  • 1 California avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 2 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small chipotle pepper, seeded & minced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 8 whole wheat dinner rolls, but in half
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced

Instructions

    The burgers:
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft. Add garlic, chipotle pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Saute for additional 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the mixture into the food processor. Add black beans, brown rice and lime juice. Pulse until the beans are chopped, but not pureed.
  3. Scrape the black bean mixture into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and the cilantro. Stir the mixture until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each) and form into patties. If the mixture is too moist to form patties, add more breadcrumbs.
  5. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap and cover with additional plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet (preferably not nonstick, so a good crust can form) set over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes per side. If the skillet is not large enough to fit all of the patties, cook them in two batches.
  7. The sauce:
  8. While the patties are resting in the fridge, make the sauce.
  9. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the avocado, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, olive oil, chipotle pepper and salt. Puree until smooth.
  10. Assembling:
  11. Divide the avocado sauce between the rolls (about 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sauce per roll). Top each with one black bean patty and one slice of tomato. Serve.

Notes

Calories 220.3 / Total Fat 9.5g / Saturated Fat 1.5g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 216.0mg / Total Carbohydrates 29.0g / Fiber 5.4g / Sugars 0.3g / Protein 6.3g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 6

Disclosure: This recipe was created as part of my partnership and ambassadorship with the California Avocado Commission (CAC). All opinions expressed are my own. For more fantastic ways to use California Avocados, be sure to head to the CAC website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 Tieghan June 5, 2013 at 5:27 am

So cute! I love these slider and that avocado sauce! Oh my gosh, I think is was made for me! YUM!

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2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 5, 2013 at 5:32 am

That sauce looks SO GOOD! These little sliders are sure to be a hit in our house. Yum!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 5, 2013 at 5:58 am

Love that you added yogurt to the avocado!! Yum!

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4 carrian June 5, 2013 at 7:19 am

LOOOOVE this recipe Dara! Can’t wait to try it!

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5 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. June 5, 2013 at 7:19 am

love this one Dara!

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6 Traci June 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

I love this delicious recipe! I love that you went with a vegetarian version. I love to take a break from grilled meat during the summer to have a veggie dinner a couple of nights a week. This looks great!

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7 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

These look great, Dara!

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8 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

These sliders look great! Love the addition of the avocado sauce.

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9 Mr. & Mrs. P June 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

These sound so delicious!! They look so hearty that no one will miss the meat! Great job!

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10 Heather June 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

I could just eat that sauce with a spoon! I love black bean burgers – they’re so hearty and the flavor is always so good :)

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11 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

I really need to try black bean burgers.

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12 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

This sounds and looks fabulous, Dara!

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13 Carla @ Carlas Confections June 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

I would go vegetarian for these! ;) They look incredible!

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14 sippitysup June 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

“Slide” on my way it’s “bean” a long time since I’ve seen something so delicious. GREG

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15 The Café Sucre Farine June 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Looks fantastic, I’d be the envy of all my co-workers if I brought these for lunch!

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16 nessa June 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

These look incredible!

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I love black beans, great idea for the vegetarians!

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18 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 6, 2013 at 4:47 am

Doesn’t a black bean slider sound so much better than a veggie patty? Maybe it’s just me. It looks wonderful!

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19 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I was one of those peoples who would never go near a black bean burger with a ten feet pole but I’ve recently fallen in love with them, and I just can’t wait to try your version. Plus, with that avocado sauce, how could I resist?!

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20 MyKitchenStove June 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Black bean sliders recipe look incredible!!

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21 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

I could eat this all day long!!! Love creamy avocado sauce. We use it all the time in place of mayo and heavy dressings!

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22 Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box June 8, 2013 at 1:31 am

Did someone say creamy avocado? I’m there! Those buns looks wonderful, too. Wish I could have gluten, but I have a soft rolls recipe that should be perfect. Thanks!

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23 Marie June 8, 2013 at 8:30 am

Always on the lookout for a great vegetarian burger, thanks for the post.

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24 Jazzmin June 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

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25 Shannon June 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

If I am going to freeze these should I cook them first or not?

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Hi Shannon, I haven’t tried to freeze this recipe. However, most veggie burgers can be frozen. Typically, I freeze them individually between wax paper, then take them out of the freezer as needed. You can cook them straight from the frozen state, about 7 to 8 minutes per side. I hope that works out for you!

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27 Nutmeg Nanny June 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

I love black bean burgers, especially with avocado sauce :) yum!

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