These aren’t your ordinary black bean burgers. These savory, spicy and smoky vegan patties are topped with creamy guacamole and crispy baked plantain chips for an explosion of burger flavors and deliciousness!
Black bean burgers are so reliable, aren’t they? As a 20+ year vegetarian, they’ve always been there for me.
A black bean burger was the first meatless burger I attempted to make at home, back in my late teens. When the cook at a restaurant I worked at found out I was a vegetarian, he instructed me to go home, mash up a can of black beans with some onions, garlic, breadcrumbs and spices, and cook it up as a burger. It worked and I was thoroughly impressed. Since that day black bean burgers have always been there for me. If nothing else, I’ve got a can of black beans in the pantry and some onions on the counter.
These burgers are so not reliable. I mean, I never have plantains hanging around my kitchen. That’s okay though. They were so worth it.
The plantain chips are very addictive. The recipe makes just enough chips for about four burgers with maybe a chip or two on the side. I suggest you double the chip portion of the recipe though, because if you’re anything like me, most of them will be gone by the time you get to assembling the burgers.
The burgers themselves were the most flavorful black bean burgers I’ve ever had, and as you might have guessed at this point, I’ve had a lot of black bean burgers. Plenty of spices, liquid smoke and jalapeño peppers are the key ingredients I have to thank for that.
Finally, guacamole. I figured out just a short time ago that guacamole’s home is on a sandwich. Guacamole especially belongs on a smokey southwestern-inspired spicy burger, like this one, and it especially, especially belongs with plantain chips. It’s like eating a burger and chips and dips all rolled into one.
Smoky Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Plantain Chips
For the Baked Plantain Chips
- 1 green plantain
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
For the Smoky Black Bean Burgers
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and stemmed
- 1-14 oz. can or 1 3/4 cup black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 burger buns
- lettuce leaves
Make the Plantain chips
Preheat oven to 400º. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment.
Slice plantain very thin. A mandoline slicer works best for this.
Arrange plantain slices on bakings sheet(s) and brush with oil. Sprinkle generously with salt.
Bake until crisp and lightly browned, about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Make the Smoky Black Bean Burgers
Place onion, garlic and jalapeño into food processor bowl and pulse a few times to chop. Add beans, panko, cilantro, lime juice, liquid smoke, cumin, chili powder, chipolte chili powder, salt and pepper. Pulse again until ingredinents are well blended.
Shape mixture into 4 patties.
Working in batches if needed, coat a large skillet with oil and place over medium heat. Arrange patties in skillet and cook until lightly browned on bottoms, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on opposite sides, about 5 minutes more.
Stuff buns with burgers and top with lettuce, guacamole and plantain chips.
Make sure to get a very green, unripe plantain. This will ensure it crisps up nicely and doesn't stick during baking.