Let’s Get this (Healthy) Party Started: Black Bean Burgers


Chef Collette Haw studied at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. After training in some of the country’s most honored restaurants, she became a personal chef for celebrities. She then launched her own business, Collette’s Clean Eats, to provide healthy, prepared meals to busy families. Haw is now a restauranteur, partnering with the Winter Park Health Foundation to operate Nourish Coffee Bar + Kitchen in the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park, Florida.

These healthy, nutritious—absolutely delicious—black bean burgers just may change your party menu forever. They’re easy to prep in advance, giving you more time to spend with your guests. When it’s time to eat, just toss them in the oven and then give them a quick sear on your stovetop. Trust me – you don’t want to skip that step! To up the flavor factor, I like to skip traditional condiments and instead top these black bean burgers with my fresh and zesty Summer Veggie “Ceviche” Salad. I just toss whatever I’m in the mood for, such as fresh herbs, avocado, tomatoes, peppers and lime juice and zest, together and pile it on top. Experiment by using whatever produce looks best at your local farmer’s market or even in your backyard garden.


1 can black beans

¼ cup chopped, toasted walnuts

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

½ chipotle pepper, diced

1 tablespoon adobo sauce

1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno

¼ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ tablespoon chopped garlic cloves

¼ cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

2 tablespoons water


1. In a food processor, puree ¾ the amount of the blackbeans until it forms a paste.

2. Add the pureed black bean into a bowl with the whole black beans and add the following: walnuts, red onion, chipotle peppers, adobo, jalapeno, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, chopped garlic and cilantro. Mix well.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the ground flax seeds with the water and allow to sit for a few minutes until the flax has soaked up all the water.

4. Add the flax mixture to the bean mixture and mix well again.

5. Form into 4 patties and place them on a sprayed cooking sheet.

6. Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 10 minutes to set.

7. Sear the patties on the stovetop on a flat top or pan on both sides.

8. Ready to enjoy!

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