Grillable Vegan ‘Burgers’

I was searching for a homemade grillable ‘burger’ recipe for Memorial Day cookouts. I searched high and low through Pinterest and I found Dana and her husband’s version of a grillable vegan ‘burger’. The ingredients looked amazing and the steps looked simple! 

You can follow her recipe here 👇🏼

Minimalist Baker Grillable Vegan Burgers
I will also add the simple changes I made to mine below! Dana and her husband absolutely nailed the flavors and textures and I will be making these all summer long! 


  • 1 can black beans, drained rinsed and dried 
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped 
  • 1 c. + 1/3 c. Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 c. Cooked brown rice 
  • 3 tbsp vegan BBQ sauce 
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 tbsp chili powder 
  • 1 tbsp cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper 
  • 1 tbsp EVOO


  1. Toast 1 cup of the panko bread crumbs in a frying pan on medium heat for just a couple minutes. Put them aside.
  2. Add EVOO to that same pan and sauté your chopped onions.
  3. Cook your brown rice if you haven’t already. I just used the minute rice in a bag and it worked just fine, but you can use any brown rice recipe you prefer. The fluffier the better though, I will say. 
  4. Place the toasted panko, sugar and all your spices in a food processor and pulse a few times until the panko is more powdery.
  5. Mash your beans with a fork, leaving a few whole beans seen, but not many.
  6. Put your beans, rice, onions, bread crumb/spice mixture, BBQ sauce and the last 1/3 cup of regular panko in a bowl and mix until combined well.
  7. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more BBQ sauce, if it’s too wet, add more bread crumbs. 
  8. Form into patties. I got 6 good size, bun fitting, patties out of the mixture. Then you can grill them or fry them in a pan! I cooked these on the fire when I went camping and it was glorious, hence that dark crispy char)
  9. I had mine with tomato, vegan mayo and onion but you an top them with whatevs! Enjoy and thanks again Dana for your inspiration and amazing recipe!
  10. I also like to make these ahead of time and freeze them to make my life easier. 

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