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These yummy burgers have Southern flair! They are made from black-eyed peas, oats, and buckwheat flour, so they are hearty and filling and they're served with a smoky, sugar-free barbecue sauce. You can make these any time of year, whether it's summer and you're eating dinner on the porch or if it's winter and you're wishing for warmer days. Serve these with some vegan cheese, onion, plenty of barbecue sauce, and your favorite greens.

Black-Eyed Pea Burgers With Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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For the Burgers:

  • 1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 3/4 teaspoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 1/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons ground flax or chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon yeast-free vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

For the Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • A pinch of chili flakes

For Serving:

  • Vegan cheese slices
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Vegan mayonnaise
  • Greens of choice
  • Rolls of choice (gluten-free if needed)


To Make the Burgers:

  1. Preheat your oven to 355°F and line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a frying pan.
  3. Peel and finely chop the onion and add to the pan. Use a wooden spoon to prevent the onion sticking.
  4. Once the onions have softened and are golden in color, add in the tomatoes for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow the vegetables to cool slightly.
  5. Using a food processor, mash/whizz up the beans and place into a large mixing bowl. Add in the cooked onion and tomato, oats, tomato purée, ground seeds, and stock. Mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
  6. Using clean hands, form the mixture into burgers and lightly pat some buckwheat flour onto them, as this helps the cooking process.
  7. Once you have a tray full of delicious burgers, place the tray into the middle of the oven. Cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and flip over the burgers and place back into the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  8. After 20 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and serve immediately along with the homemade BBQ sauce.

To Make the Homemade BBQ Sauce:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a Food processor for a few minutes until super smooth.
  2. It's always good to taste the sauce when it's still in the food processor, as you can add in more spices if you feel it needs any.


The burgers should be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator and consumed within four to five days. The sauce should be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator and consumed within a week.


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