Plant-Based Burgers with Summer Fruit Salad



Just As Tasty!

Grilling season is upon us! It is time to break out your shades, favorite side dishes, and plan a get together with family and friends! Are you worried you can’t have a get together because you don’t have a grill? We’ve got a recipe that you can prepare whether you have a grill or not. Are you worried that there might be a few moans and groans over eating a burger? Try out our new Plant-Based Burger recipe, which is sure to satisfy the pickiest of eaters. Either way, if you ask us, these are going to be the best plant-based burgers to enjoy outside in the sunshine!

This recipe can be deliciously paired with any of your usual potluck side dishes, but we have a few suggestions. Keep the fresh vibes going and make our Salad with Cherries & Mango recipe. This is a delicious way to get a little sweetness and veggies onto your plate in one go! And you won’t have to fret over the leftovers making it into a cooler or refrigerator too early in the afternoon.

salad with cherries and mangos

Prefer to keep things simple? Just slice up some Cosmic Crisp® or Granny Smith apples for a well rounded plate – an especially great option for kiddos. Not only will they provide a refreshing bite after the burger, but they are easy to prepare. If you’re feeling inspired, you might even try a couple slices on a burger for some extra crunch and zest!

Too Much Prep?

Although it may seem like unnecessary work to prepare your own plant-based patties, when they’re easily found at the grocery store, you won’t go back once you’ve tried these burgers. Skip the mystery ingredients and opt for these instead.

They truly take no time to mix together and use items you likely already have in your pantry, like black beans, brown rice or quinoa, barbecue sauce, and basic spices. You’ll probably find this ingredient list to be much shorter than other plant-based burger recipes. It also allows for some improvisation if you are looking for some extra flavors as you can add it in as you blend all the ingredients together!


Building a Plant-Based Burger:

We recommend lightly mashing the black beans to make them creamy and help hold the patty mixture together. Another Hot tip: when you have just a little rice or quinoa leftover at the end of a meal, you can freeze it until you have enough to use in a recipe like this one. In fact, you can easily use a mixture of rice or quinoa, making it perfect for odds and ends!

Like any burger, we firmly believe a toasted bun is key. Simply top with your favorite condiments like pickles, sliced onions, crisp lettuce, and mustard and you’ve got yourself a delicious, plant-based meal that will keep you full all day long. Once you’ve formed the patties, they only need a few minutes on the grill or on a hot skillet and they’re ready to go. They hold their shape so well and have great flavor thanks to simple spices and barbecue sauce.

If you have any plant-based burger recipes that you love, share them with us in the comments! Or let us know what your go to side dish is! We are always looking for fun new recipes to try when summer fruit is in peak season.


  • For the burgers:
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice, quinoa, or a mix
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil (plus more for cooking)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • Assembly:
  • 4 burger buns
  • Sliced yellow onion
  • Lettuce
  • Condiments, like mayo, mustard, and ketchup

Nothing says BBQ like a good burger, and this plant-based burger will give ground beef a run for its money!

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  1. In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until slightly creamy.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients for the burgers to the bowl and mix together until completely combined.
  3. Form into 4 patties and set aside on a plate. At this point, the patties can be refrigerated or grilled right away.
  4. If grilling: lightly oil grates with olive oil and preheat to medium high heat for about 10 minutes. When hot, grill for about 3 minutes on each side, until browned.
  5. If cooking in a skillet, preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ½ tsp olive oil and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until browned.
  6. Add patties to toasted buns and top with sliced onion, lettuce, and condiments of your choice.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 543
  • Fat Content: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol Content: 1mg
  • Sodium Content: 601mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 96g
  • Fiber Content: 18g
  • Sugar Content: 8.1g
  • Protein Content: 27.2g