It's burger time!
What we have here is a tempeh and black bean burger glazed with a sweet and spicy sauce. It's incredibly moist, packed with textures and doesn't lack flavor. It's topped with crunchy coconut bacon and drizzled with a creamy garlic smoked paprika sauce! The addition of tempeh takes the protein content of these burgers to new highs.
What I had in mind while making these burgers was to use smoked salt to give it a smoky flavor, the thing is, it didn't work. I would have to add a ton of salt to get the desired smokiness. So instead, I relied on smoked paprika and a touch of liquid smoke.
Regarding the toppings I didn't go overboard because 1) It doesn't need it. These burgers are already packed with veggies, plus they are moist and super soft. Just a sprinkle (okay more like a handful) of coconut bacon and the garlic tahini sauce on top makes it perfect. Now I won't judge if you sneak in a slice of tomato here and there. And 2) I didn't want a foot tall burger, just a delicious, juicy burger. Something simple, satisfying and delicious.
It all starts with the veggies: onion, garlic, carrots, and red bell peppers. Sautée a few minutes and then combine with black beans, spices, oregano, tomato paste, and liquid smoke in the bowl of a food processor. I also added almond butter for more richness and almond flour to retain moisture and bend all the ingredients together. Oh, and a drizzle of maple syrup because everone needs a little sweetness in their burgers.
After processing a few seconds, you should get a chunky purée. You don't want to process too much to keep some beans whole. Once it's done, it's time to add the tempeh and process a few more seconds until just incorporated. Tempeh adds protein and more texture to the burgers.
Then you form patties and pan-fry 3-5 minutes on each side. Since these burgers are soft and moist, they are delicate so make sure your pan is non-stick and well greased.
Last but not least, brush the burgers with an easy 4-ingredient sweet and spicy glaze and top with coconut (or eggplant) bacon! A few salad leaves and that garlic tahini sauce on top is all you need to finish these burgers.
If you are into burgers, you will love these! They are super soft, smoky and protein-packed. The addition of coconut bacon and a garlic tahini sauce takes them to the next level!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Smoky Tempeh Black Bean Burgers
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 carrot finely diced
- ½ red bell pepper diced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce or ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 tablespoon almond flour
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 15-ounce can can cooked black beans about 1 and ½ cup drained
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 cup chopped tempeh
- 2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (optional)
- ¼ cup coconut bacon for topping (optional)
Sweet and Spicy Glaze
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly until onions start to brown.
- Next, add the diced carrot and red bell pepper. Drizzle the soy sauce and stir. Cook for another 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl of a food processor.
- Add the soy sauce, maple syrup, almond flour, tomato paste, almond butter, cooked black beans, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika and liquid smoke. Pulse 5-7 seconds, or until the black beans are roughly mashed. You don't want to process too much, keep some beans whole.
- Then, add the tempeh and process for another 3 seconds, until just incorporated.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the toasted pine nuts. You can sub for crushed roasted cashews if you prefer. Nuts add a nice crunch.
- Using your hands, form 3 burger patties and place them on a plate lined with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator 1 hour.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, cook the burgers on each side 3-5 minutes, until slightly brown. Use a large spatula to carefully flip the burgers, as they are soft they are delicate. Once cooked, brush the top and sides with the sweet & spicy glaze.
- To assemble: Toast your buns. Transfer the burger to a bun, top with 2 tablespoon coconut bacon and 2 tablespoon of the garlic sauce. Add your favorite toppings: salad, tomatoes, etc, and serve. You can also serve these "bunless" with a salad or green veggies on the side.
Sweet and Spicy Glaze
- In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients together.
- Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more or less water.