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Black Bean Curry Burger and Curry Sauce

Start with a scratch curry sauce to go in and on top of a next-level black bean burger.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6 burgers
Cost: $10


  • Food processor
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Mixing bowls


Vibrant Curry Paste

  • 30 leaves Thai basil
  • 10 stalks cilantro
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 4 Aleppo peppers or one red bell pepper
  • 5 Thai chilis
  • 5 Tabasco peppers or other hot peppers
  • 1 Devil's Tongue pepper or habanero, or scotch bonnet
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/2 shallot peeled
  • 1 kaffir lime zest only
  • 1/2 Meyer lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil unrefined

Black Bean Curry Burgers

  • 2 cups black beans cooked
  • 1 cup sweet potato cooked
  • 10 stalks cilantro
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 10 curry leaves fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour

Spicy Curry Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain plant-based yogurt Forager brand is really good!


Vibrant Curry Paste

  • Cut tops off of peppers and add dry ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pour olive oil while blending until a paste-like consistency is reached.

Black Bean Curry Patty

  • Place kaffir lime leaf, curry leaves, and mustard, cumin, and coriander seeds in a cast iron skillet in 1 tbsp olive oil. Turn on skillet to medium heat.
  • When mustard seeds start to pop, remove leaves and add onion, ginger, and turmeric. Cook until onions are soft, 3-4 minutes.
  • In a food processor, blend sweet potato and cilantro stalks into a smooth mixture.
    Add black beans, and pulse until about 1/5 of the black beans are left whole.
  • Add black bean mixture and cooked onions to a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp curry paste, and mix to combine. Add and incorporate rice flour.
  • Form patties of your desired size. Heat oven to 400 ºF.
    Heat a skillet to medium heat, and add olive or avocado oil. Sear patties on both sides until golden brown.
  • Place skillet in oven for 4-8 minutes, depending on thickness of patties. This results in a non-mushy veggie burger.

Black Bean Curry Burger

  • Toast bun in toaster oven or on skillet. Add desired toppings - fancy mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, or whatever you like.
    Mix 1 tbsp curry paste with 1/4 cup plant-based yogurt. Use for a creamy, spicy topping.