Grateful Dead Black Bean Burger/Cilantro Lime Mayo

Raven Higheagle


This is a recipe for Black Bean Burgers from what has become my favorite cookbook- Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen. I’m so excited to learn that they have second cookbook in the works, due to be published sometime in early 2014. The new cookbook will focus on the Mountain South- “it’s people, culture, traditions, foods, history, music, arts and crafts”.

The Grateful Dead Black Bean Burger is one spicy burger and it’s loaded with lots of different veggies in addition to black beans. Love that the recipe uses tofu as a binder instead of egg.


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Serves 8
15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


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1 Tbsp
olive oil
1/2 c
peeled, shredded carrots
1/2 c
corn, frozen
1/2 c
diced roasted red bell pepper
diced poblano chili
1/2 c
diced vidalia onion or any sweet onion
1/2 c
diced celery
1 Tbsp
chopped garlic
1 c
firm tofu
2 can(s)
(15-ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp
minced fresh cilantro
juice of ½ a lime
1 1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
sea salt
1/4 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp
hot pepper sauce
2 c
panko bread crumbs
2 c
canola oil
artisanal hamburger buns
cilantro lime mayonnaise


6 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
freshly squeezed lime juice
2 Tbsp
minced fresh cilantro
1/8 tsp
sea salt
1/8 tsp
freshly ground black pepper


ripe avocado, sliced
butter lettuce leaves

How to Make Grateful Dead Black Bean Burger/Cilantro Lime Mayo


  • 1Grateful Dead Black Bean Burger:

    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  • 2Add the carrots, corn, bell pepper, poblano, onion, celery, and garlic.
  • 3Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring often to make sure the garlic does not burn.
  • 4If it starts to, turn the heat down some.
  • 5Remove pan from heat and let veggies cool for 10 minutes.
  • 6Place tofu in a food processor and puree until smooth. Place in a large bowl.
  • 7In a medium bowl, combine beans, sautéed vegetables, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce.
  • 8Place 2 cups of bean mixture at a time in the food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  • 9Once coarsely chopped, place in the large bowl with tofu.
  • 10Add panko crumbs to the large bowl and mix the tofu, bean mixture and eggs mix together.
  • 11Form into 8 patties.
  • 12Heat Canola oil in a heavy bottomed skillet on high heat until oil begins to bubble.
  • 13Put patties in oil and cook about 5 minutes per side, until outside is crispy.
  • 14Serve on rolls with cilantro lime mayonnaise
  • 15Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise:

    Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

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