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The GRE + Black Bean Burgers

Vegetarian black-bean burgers flavored with sriracha, cumin, and chili.

Today, I took the GRE.  Remember how I’m a recent college grad who is undecided on what she wants to be when she grows up?  Yeah, among other things, I’m thinking about grad school.  Which involves taking a lovely four hour long standardized test.  On the computer.  Not the most fun way to spend a Wednesday afternoon.

What does one do to prepare for the GRE?  Well, first of all, you study.  I spent just over one month studying, ranging anywhere from one to three hours a day, re-learning all the math I had forgotten from high school, studying vocabulary flash cards, and doing practice questions.  You try and get a good night’s sleep.  And you eat filling, good-for-you foods the day of in hopes that they will keep you satiated through the entirety of the arduous task that is the Graduate Record Examinations.

How about a black bean burger and quinoa salad?

black bean burger 02

This meal got me through the six hours between leaving my apartment, taking the exam, and returning!

While I’m not a vegetarian, I do enjoy cooking vegetarian meals and eating veggies burgers.  I’m actually not the biggest fan of beef, so most of my burgers are either made of turkey or something vegetarian.

But, unfortunately, veggie burgers (and ground turkey) can be expensive.  And while I don’t keep a strict budget, I do watch what I spend.  And black beans are cheap!  They are also high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

So, it’s time for some DIY veggie burgers.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Slightly adapted from Eat Drink Love

Makes: 4 burger patties


  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Ground cumin, chili powder, and sriracha to taste


Mix black beans, onion, and garlic together in a bowl.  Using the back of a fork and some elbow grease, mash the black beans just until there are no whole beans left.

Add egg, breadcrumbs, spices, and sriracha sauce.

Shape the mixture into four patties.  Place on wax paper, cover (in a container or zip-top bag), and freeze for at least two hours.

To cook, heat a greased frying pan over medium heat.  Cook on both sides until lightly browned and warmed through, about 5 minutes on each side.

Optional: top with shredded or sliced cheese for the last minute of cooking.

Question: What’s your favorite type of burger?

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