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Black Bean Burgers

Al Roker shares recipes for gluten-free breakfast lunch and dinner in Studio 1A
TODAY Show: Al Roker shares recipes for gluten-free breakfast lunch and dinner in Studio 1A. -- April 17, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 5 gluten-free buns
  • Chef notes

    Al Roker whips up a delicious gluten-free, vegetarian black bean burger that he makes at home.


    1. In a small sauté pan, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until the onion is soft.  Stir in the beans, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper and cilantro.  Remove pan from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
    2. Place mixture into a food processor and pulse about 5 times, or until coarsely chopped.  Transfer to a bowl and add the breadcrumbs and egg whites and combine thoroughly.  Let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    3. Preheat the grill, or if using a skillet, add a tablespoon of cooking oil and place over medium-high heat.  Shape the burger mix into 5 patties and grill on grill topper/basket until cooked through and crispy on each side, about 5 minutes per side, or if in a skillet, cook 3-5 minutes per side until crispy.
    4. Serve on gluten-free buns if desired, with lettuce, tomato and your favorite condiments, or serve bunless with potatoes and a salad of greens.