Average: 5 (3 votes)
Active time
45 minutes
Total time
1 hour
4 burgers
Serving Size
1 burger

1 tablespoon olive oil to sauté, plus 1 tablespoon for cooking patties

½ cup yellow onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup bulgur, uncooked

1 (14-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed

½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs

½ cup fresh cilantro, minced

¾ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 egg, slightly beaten

4 whole wheat hamburger rolls

Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, red onion

For Lime-Cilantro Aioli:

¼ cup prepared mayonnaise

¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1 lime, zest and juice

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  1. Heat olive oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and bulgur to pan along with 1 cup of water or broth. Cover and simmer on low until water is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes.
  2. Put cooked bulgur in a large mixing bowl with mashed beans, breadcrumbs, cilantro, spices, and Worcestershire suace, and mix well. Taste for flavor. Add slightly beaten egg and integrate into the mix.
  3. Form into 4 large patties (or 6 smaller ones), about ½ cups of mixture per patty.
  4. Chill at least 20 minutes. While patties chill, prepare aioli by pulsing all ingredients in a blender or food processor until blended. Chill until ready to use.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. When hot, drop in patties and cook until golden, about 5 minutes per side.
  6. Serve on whole wheat rolls with Lime-Cilantro Aioli and desired toppings (lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado).

Karen Mansur, Oldways Whole Grains Council. This recipe was adapted from a recipe in Gourmet magazine.


Calories: 390
Total Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 660 mg
Carbohydrate: 59 g
Fiber: 11 g
Protein: 15 g

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

How'd it Taste?

This recipe looks good, however it is labeled as vegan which it is not. It has eggs, yogurt, Worcestershire sauce and mayo in the ingredient list.
Hi Kara, thank you for your keen eye! We have updated the recipe to not be labeled as vegan.
Excellent. Loved the texture.
Jodi Coulas
Amazing. We have this at least 2 times a week.
Have not eaten it yet, but recipe is so easy and the “burgers” form easily and stay together. Other recipes I have made fall apart. The fry beautifully and look delicious. I made 5 good sized burgers-

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