Black beans are my favourite pulse and they make for a delicious, protein-packed and cheap burger. Top these refried beans inspired patties with smoked cheddar, avocado, red onion and some chilli ketchup.

Serves 2

Ingredients Equipment to have ready
1 tin of black beans in water Blender
5 tbsp porridge oats Sharp knife
2 tsp chipotle paste Mixing bowl
Zest of 1 lime Frying pan
1 tsp ground coriander Teaspoon measure or a teaspoon
1 tsp ground cumin Tablespoon measure or a tablespoon
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika Fine grater
1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped (optional) Baking tray
Approx. 2 tbsp water  
Salt and pepper  
Plain flour for dusting  
Suggested trimmings  
2 bread rolls  
Lime mayo (made with 1 heaped dessert spoon mayo and juice of ½ a lime)  
Chilli ketchup  
3 slices smoked cheddar  
1 avocado, sliced  
1 tomato, sliced  
Few slices of red onion  
Little gem lettuce  
Sweet potato and potato wedges or fries  


  1. Put two thirds of the beans and the rest of the burger ingredients (except the flour) into the blender and blitz together. You may need a drop more water to help the burger bind.
  2. Add the remaining beans and blitz briefly. You want these beans to remain chunky.
  3. Chill the burger mixture for around 15 minutes.
  4. Form into two burger patties – sometimes I get the ciabatta rolls which are square and like to form them into square patties to fit the rolls better.
  5. Rest the patties in the fridge for around 15 minutes.
  6. Before you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180C.
  7. Put the frying pan on a high heat and add the olive oil. When hot lay in the burgers.
  8. Cook on both sides until you achieve a satisfying brown colour. Transfer to the oven in your pan, if it fits and the handle is oven-safe, or on a baking tray and cook for around 8 minutes until the burgers are hot in the middle.
  9. Lay the cheese on top of the burgers and return to the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  10. Heat the bread rolls for a few minutes in the oven.
  11. Assemble your burgers with your chosen toppings and serve with wedges or fries.