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Published on June 13, 2018

Summer Recipe: Greek Black Bean Burger

Greek Black Bean Burger

Black bean burgers are a great vegetarian alternative to beef. They provide plenty of protein without the added fat. 

Greek Black Bean Burger

A zucchini and black bean burger topped with lettuce, tomato and feta.

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 6 min
Yield: 4 Sandwiches

 Nutrition Facts

 Calories 360
 Carbs 45g
 protein 21g
 fat 13g
 sat. fat 3g
 Cholesterol 14mg
 sodium 690mg
 fiber 12g


1/2 cup lemon herb ricotta spread
4 zucchini and black bean patties
4 100% whole wheat (4 inch) hamburger buns
4 leaves green leaf lettuce
8 slices tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch
1/4 cup feta cheese

Lemon Herb Ricotta Spread


1 teaspoon roasted garlic, minced
1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon Mediterranean sea salt seasoning
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated lemon rind

Zucchini and Black Bean Patties


1 cup canned seasoned black beans
1/2 cup zucchini, shredded
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


  1. Lemon Herb Ricotta Spread: In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until well blended. 
  2. Zucchini and Black Bean Patties: In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mash with a fork. Allow to sit to allow flax seed to form a gel. Spray griddle with vegetable oil. Preheat to medium high heat. Portion burger mixture into 4 equal balls. Place on griddle, using a spatula, press mixture firmly to make 3 inch diameter patties, about 1/2 inch thick. Cook for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. 
  3. For Service: Spread 1 tablespoon ricotta spread on heal of bun and 1 tablespoon ricotta spread on crown of bun. Place 1 black bean patty on heal of bun. Top with 1 lettuce leaf and 2 slices tomato. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon feta cheese. Close sandwich with crown of bun. 

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