July 6, 2017

Sandwich of the Week: Let Freedom Bean

After hot dogs, burgers are one of the most notable and classic American sandwiches. There’s nothing better than a cookout with friends and family where everyone has a burger on the grill and a beer in hand. In honor of the fourth of July, our sandwich of the week is a burger with a twist: the best black bean burger EVER.

If you haven’t already noticed, the makers of The Club podcast hang out with a ton of vegetarians. Andrew promises that next time we’ll do a meat sandwich.

These burgers are delicious, and will make you so happy that black beans are actually:

  • way better for you than beef
  • way better for the environment than beef

black bean burger


For the Buns

  • Buns, it’s okay if they’re store-bought this time (we decided to make these very last minute)

For the Burgers (Makes 12 Burgs)

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 cup rice (we used brown rice, for health)
  • Bread crumbs to texture
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp+ hot sauce (Texas Pete or Tabasco)
  • Spices to taste
    • chili powder
    • salt and pepper
    • onion powder and garlic powder

For the Tops

  • Sliced gouda, or any good meltin’ cheese
  • Fried/sauteed onions
  • Fresh, garlicky pickles
  • Fresh sliced jalapenos
  • Arugula
  • Sriracha aioli
    • 2 parts mayo
    • 1 part sriracha
    • A splash of lime juice
    • Some garlic, to taste


  1. Bang your beans to a pulp in a KitchenAid mixer.
  2. Cook rice according to directions and put the cooked rice in the KitchenAid with your black bean goop. Mix!
  3. Hot sauce time. Spice time.
  4. Throw the bread crumbs and egg in there and give ’em a whirl.
  5. Morph into patties. NOTE: They will not shrink like normal burgers do, so make them a little smaller than normal!
  6. Slap ’em on a griddle (med-high heat), or grill them if you’re feeling all-American.

The toppings above are suggestions. Feel free to sub regular mayo for aioli, or skip the garlic pickles if you have a date later/are a vampire. 

If you’re feeling crazy, put some more hot sauce on it. May we suggest a nice habanero blend??

habanero hot sauce

Or, how about a sparkler for some extra patriotism? It’s up to you! After all, that’s what freedom is all about.

sparkler burger

Happy birthday, America.