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Hoisin Black Bean Burger With Spicy Sesame Sauce [Vegan]

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Chinese food is delicious. BBQ food is delicious. Here, you get double the deliciousness because this is a Chinese BBQ burger. The burger is protein packed, nutty, and flavorful. It's topped with grilled veggies and a spicy sesame sauce. Just don’t try to eat it with chopsticks.

Hoisin Black Bean Burger With Spicy Sesame Sauce [Vegan]






For the Spicy Sesame Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

For the Hoisin Burger:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 3 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup cashews, soaked for a few hours
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 4 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 gluten-free buns


To Make the Spicy Sesame Sauce:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To Make the Hoisin Burger:

  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the quinoa and a pinch of salt. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and scallions to the skillet and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes. Add half the black beans to the skillet and cook for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the black bean-veggie mixture to a food processor. Add 1 cup of the cooked quinoa to the food processor. Add the peanut butter, tamari, hoisin sauce, cashews, ginger, five-spice powder, and cilantro to the food processor. Process until you have a smooth mixture. Taste for any spice adjustments.
  4. Transfer the burger mixture to a large bowl. Fold in the remaining black beans and 1/2 cup cooked quinoa. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. When you are ready to cook the burgers, remove the mixture from the fridge and make the patties. Divide the mixture into 4 patties. Using a 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter ensures a perfectly formed, dense, thick burger patty. Let the patties rest while you prepare the scallions and bean sprouts.
  6. Trim the ends off the scallions. Toss the scallions and bean sprouts in the toasted sesame oil. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Carefully lay the scallions onto the grill pan and grill until somewhat blackened (but not burnt) on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the scallions to a paper towel-lined plate and grill the bean sprouts. Transfer the sprouts to the plate and set aside.
  7. Heat the canola oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties until browned, about 6 minutes per side. You may want to flip them carefully several times to ensure that the inside cooks while the outside doesn’t burn. When the burgers are just about done, brush some hoisin sauce on the burger, and flip it over to cook for 30 seconds. While it’s cooking, brush the other side with hoisin sauce and flip it to cook the second side for 30 seconds. This will caramelize the hoisin sauce a bit.
  8. Slather each bun top and bottom with the Spicy Sesame Sauce. Lay the burgers on the bun bottom. Top with grilled scallions and bean sprouts. Top with bun tops and serve.





When Rhea became vegan, there were no places in her Bronx neighborhood to eat so she had to learn to cook, mostly by watching TV cooking shows, especially Christina Pirello and Rachael Ray.  That led to the creation of The "V" Word website which focuses on vegan versions of favorite, familiar foods. Rhea has written several e-cookbooks which are available on her web site. It is Rhea's hope that she can spread the "V" Word to bring more compassion into the world and it is her dream to become the vegan Rachael Ray.



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38 comments on “Hoisin Black Bean Burger With Spicy Sesame Sauce [Vegan]”

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2 Years Ago

Thank you, the article is great.
“My main hope for myself is to be where I am.”
Woody Harrelson said , in an article: i read here:
Celebrities can can become ambassadors of veganism and cruelty-free lifestyle in general.
What do you think about that?

Sabrina Chris Conte
2 Years Ago

man it is just a recipe at last you choose what to put inside and not the chinese

Cara van Rhyn
2 Years Ago

Sam Posener

Gordon Lee
2 Years Ago

If anything things or foods make from China .. Better take extra caution !!!

Lisa Anne Evon
2 Years Ago

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Flamur Alaj
2 Years Ago

This page is a gift for Facebook.

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Penni Lamprey
2 Years Ago

Mark, whip this one up and let me know your thoughts please..

Mark Cieslak
15 Aug 2016

Will do... Sounds good to me

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