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Baked Pumpkin-Black Bean Sliders & Avocado Sauce

Raven Higheagle


Baked Pumpkin-Black Bean Sliders with a creamy Avocado Sauce are perfect for your summer entertaining. They are loaded with good nutrition and are a wonderful vegetarian option for your next cookout. My daughter doesn't eat Feet Meat (which means if it walks on land or in the ocean she won't eat it, if it swims it's okay, otherwise known as a vegetarian). So I’m always trying to come up with meals that she can eat, but are still appealing to the whole family. Not always easy!


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Makes 8 to 10 Sliders
1 Hr 15 Min
20 Min


  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c
    finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 c
    finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1
    (15-ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed, and dried (blot with paper towels)
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2
    chopped chipotle peppers
  • 1/4 c
    cooked corn
  • 1/2 c
    libby’s 100% pure pumpkin (15 oz. can)
  • 1/2 c
    (or more) panko crumbs
  • ·
    cooking spray
  • ·
    fresh cilantro
  • ·
    slider buns or small rolls
  • 2
    plum tomatoes, sliced

  • 2 small
    ripe avocados
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt

How to Make Baked Pumpkin-Black Bean Sliders & Avocado Sauce


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and sauté onion, red pepper, and garlic until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Place beans in a food processor with 1 teaspoon salt and chipotle peppers.
  3. Process until beans are mostly in small pieces.
  4. Add the onion mixture and do a few more pulses to get everything mixed well. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  5. Add corn, pumpkin, and panko crumbs to the beans mixture and mix together well.
  6. If the mixture feels to loose and will not hold its shape well, add extra panko crumbs.
  7. Shape into 8-10 slider-sized patties and place on a large plate or tray.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Mash together the avocado, sour cream, and lime juice until smooth.
  10. Or you can process them in a food processor. (I mash)
  11. Add red onion and salt. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  12. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  13. Spray both sides of sliders with cooking spray and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  14. Bake for about 6-8 minutes per side.
  15. Alternately you can sauté them in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil for about 3 minutes per side.
  16. Serve on slider buns with avocado sauce, tomato, and cilantro.

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