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Veggie Burger in a Bowl
with oven fries / tomatoes / creamy avocado dressing / arugula

Active: 45 min Total: 45 min

The Cook Smarts team had a lot of fun developing this California-inspired veggie burger that is served in a bowl instead of a bun. We didn't want things to feel *too* light, so we included french fries that are great served in the bowl or on the side (dipped in creamy avocado dressing).
Smarts: Avocados vary in size and ripeness, so be sure to follow the instructions to adjust the dressing both for taste and texture. You may need to thin it out so that it can easily be poured over the other ingredients. If making Thursday's meal, double the dressing and save some for that night's salad.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Black Bean Burger Patties:
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/4, diced
  • Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Eggs - 1
Veggie Burger in a Bowl:
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 1/2 cups, halved
  • Frozen oven fries, any type - 10 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Black Bean Burger Patties (ingredients listed separately) - 4
  • Arugula - 5 oz
Creamy Avocado Dressing:
  • Avocados - 1
  • Water - 4 Tbsp
  • Cilantro leaves - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Onions - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating for fries before continuing with prep.) Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make burger patties - Drain and rinse beans. Place beans in a mixing bowl and mash with a pastry blender or fork, leaving some larger pieces of beans intact for texture. Combine beans with onions, panko, flour, soy sauce, chili powder, paprika, coriander, salt, black pepper, and eggs. Form the mixture into burger-shaped patties - one per serving. (Note: If the mixture is too sticky to work with, add some additional flour until the burgers can be easily shaped.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make avocado dressing - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) Cube avocados. Combine avocados with water, cilantro leaves, vinegar, lime juice, honey, mustard, and hot sauce. Use an immersion blender or standing blender to blend until smooth, adding more water as needed until the mixture is smooth and pourable. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Tomatoes - Halve tomatoes.

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Make

  1. Heat oven and bake frozen fries according to package directions.
  2. While oven fries bake, heat a skillet with oil over medium heat. Add burger patties in a single layer and sear on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes total.
  3. Assemble bowls with a bed of arugula and tomatoes topped with burger patties.
  4. Finish bowls with dressing and / or serve some on the side for dipping fries (reserve half the dressing if doubled). Serve the fries in the bowls and enjoy everything together or serve the fries on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (37)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (4)

25 reviews

First time making veggie burgers, it was a little dry. Liked the bowl concept, sweet potato fries were good, just not my favorite CS meal

By: Christine
Posted: Aug 11, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

I liked this but didn’t care enough for the avocado dressing to have it twice this week so I made a simple garlic aioli to dress it with instead.

By: Nichole
Posted: Aug 10, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made it without eggs and subbed maple syrup for honey to make it vegan! Love making veggie burgers at home!

By: Delaney
Posted: Aug 07, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

According to my husband, "This is the pinnacle of what a meatless meal can be." Needless to say we both liked it a lot, it was simple to make, and we'll definitely be having it again.

By: Lyndsey
Posted: Aug 06, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was such a great meal! I had never made black bean burgers, but they were easier to make than I expected and really tasty. The dressing was also great, and I enjoyed the fries/salad combination more than I expected. I’ll definitely make this again.

By: Melissa
Posted: Aug 05, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We loved this meal. I added dill pickle slices because we love them w/ our burgers. My kids added ketchup and mustard to their bowls. I loved the black bean burgers.

By: Julie
Posted: Aug 04, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful