As the seasons change into warmer months, what I cook for my family also changes. You can expect to find more summer fruits and vegetables, and also more foods cooked on the grill. Lately, I’ve been eating plant-based foods and trying to get my entire household to do the same, but how do you use the grill without resorting to the usual go-to grilled meats? Just add pulses! Pulses are the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods known as dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, and beans, and they are a healthy and hearty substitute for meat.
- 1½ cups black beans
- 1 medium sweet potato
- ⅔ cup oats
- 1oz chopped chives
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 3 tbsp. avocado oil
- I medium eggplant
- 1 red pepper
- ½ cup arugula
- 2oz sliced red onions
- 1 small avocado
- In a food processor add black beans, boiled sweet potato, chives, garlic powder, cumin and black pepper. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer in large bowl and mix in oats.
- Form about 3 black bean patties and brush with 1 tbsp. oil on each side.
- Cut Eggplant into 1 inch thick slices and brush with 1½ tbsp. oil on each side.
- Cut Red pepper in thirds and brush with ½ tbsp. oil on each side.
- Heat grill to medium low and add eggplant and peppers, cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until tender.
- For black bean burgers cook on grill sheet or oven safe pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until crispy.
- Serve with arugula, red onions and avocado and a sauce preference.
In this recipe, I went vegan all the way and created a Mediterranean Black Bean Burger with Grilled Eggplant Buns. Everything from the burger to the buns are plant-based, but once they hit the grill, even your meat-loving buddies will love the taste and will be amazed that the burger is made from beans. Just like ground meat, black beans and other pulses are a good source of protein, but they also are high in fiber, low in cholesterol, and can even aid in weight loss. I don’t think your hamburger can provide those benefits!
This burger made from pulses is packed with flavor, topped with your favorites (I used grilled red pepper, avocado, and arugula, just to name a few), and then held all together with grilled eggplants as the buns. This not only gives more flavor than bland bread buns, but the eggplants also provide more nutrients, including fiber, and make the burger more aesthetically pleasing- look at those grill marks!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of USA Pulses & Pulse Canada. The opinions and text are all mine.