Black bean burgers with smashed avocado recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 442 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
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Loaded with black beans, fiery chilli and fragrant herbs, these veggie-friendly patties pack some serious heat. Top with creamy avocado and yet more chilli for a boredom-busting, Mexican-inspired midweek meal. 

  1. In a bowl, mash the beans to a coarse paste. Mix in the finely chopped chilli, onions, coriander and breadcrumbs. Shape into 4 burgers; chill for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, using a fork, mash the avocado with the lime juice, yogurt and a pinch of salt, until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add the tomato slices and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove; set aside.
  4. Wipe the pan, heat the remaining oil and cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes each side, until golden. Set aside.
  5. Heat the buns in the pan, cut side down, for 10 seconds. Top the bottom bun with lettuce, a burger, a dollop of avocado and a few tomato slices. Scatter over the sliced chilli and squeeze over the lime half. Sandwich with the top bun. 

Tip: If the bean mix feels a little loose then you could mix in an egg to help it bind.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze the raw patties only. Wrap well in clingfilm and tin foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before continuing with the recipe method. 

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  • Ingredients

  • 2 x 400g tins black beans, drained
  • 1 red chilli, seeded, 1/2 finely chopped and 1/2 finely sliced
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 x 50g pack coriander, leaves chopped
  • 50g (2oz) breadcrumbs
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, 1/2 juiced, 1/2 reserved
  • 4 tbsp Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 brioche burger rolls, cut in half
  • 1 baby gem lettuce, leaves picked
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  • Energy 1856kj 442kcal 22%
  • Fat 18.2g 26%
  • Saturates 4.7g 24%
  • Sugars 8.2g 9%
  • Salt 1.3g 22%

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Carbohydrate 50.3g Protein 15.2g Fibre 10.1g

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