Perfect for the Grill Black Bean Patties (GF & Vegan)

These gluten-free, vegan black bean patties are an easy make-ahead vegetarian option, so fire up the grill and keep all eaters at your next BBQ happy!

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Nut Thins.


Now that grilling season is upon us, I anticipate so many meals that I can easily prepare on the grill.  Much like roasting, I think most things taste fabulous when grilled.

I am obsessed with grilled veggie skewers slathered in peanut sauce, grilled pizza, corn, sweet potatoes, the list goes on, but one can never go wrong with a good veggie burger.

Well, you can go wrong if you end up purchasing the yucky cardboardy, pre-packaged ones, so don’t do that!  It is so easy peasy to make your own, which are healthier and far superior to any option from a box.  So divert your eyes from the freezer section, purchase a few ingredients, most of which you likely have on hand, and make these black bean patties with me! IMG_5533

These patties come together in no time, as all ingredients are pulsed quickly together in the food processor, but if you do not own one, these can still be made.  You will just have to do some extra dicing, shredding and mashing, but it will be worth the effort.

The secret ingredient in these patties is Almond Nut-Thins, which are gluten-free and made with rice and almonds.  I have ground them up and added them to the bean mixture to act as binding agent, along with ground flax meal.  These crackers are great on their own as a snack, but also work well in this fashion, instead of adding panko or bread crumbs.


The ingredient list is customizable, you can easily add in some fresh herbs, cilantro and chives would be great, or any other vegetable you want to throw in, such as shredded sweet potato or golden beets.  Make this recipe your own and just have fun with it!

See recipe notes for ingredient substitutions and non-food processor method.

Perfect for the Grill Black Bean Patties (GF & Vegan)
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, BBQ, Make-ahead
Serves: 9 large patties
  • 1.5 Tbsp ground flax seed mixed with 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chill powder
  • zest and juice of a lime
  • ½ cup ground almond Nut -Thins (about 24 crackers ground in food processor)
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ small red pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup sweet corn kernels (optional)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pepper
  1. Place onion, garlic, and carrot in food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Add in spices, lime, ground crackers, flax mixture, and beans, pulse again until combined. Stir in bell pepper, corn and seasoning. Form into patties and place on a greased or parchment lined backing tray. Bake in 400F oven for 25 mins, flipping halfway through. Let cool on pan on wire rack. On cool you can refrigerate or freeze. To reheat, cook on greased BBQ to heat through.
If you do not have nut-thins on hand, you can sub in ⅓ oats
If you do not need a vegan option, use 1 egg in place of flax mixture
Non-Food Processor Method: You will need to dice the onion and garlic, shred the carrot and mash beans with a fork, dice any other vegetables or herbs you wish to add. Mix all together and continue as the recipe dictates.

You can put these patties on a bun and serve like a traditional burger or switch things up like me and eat them to salads, with grilled veggies etc.IMG_5538

An excuse to eat ketchup, need I say more?IMG_5551IMG_5586

Don’t forget the wine!


Huge salads are the best and these patties offer a good hit of protein and healthy fats.IMG_5595

Let me know if you make these and how you choose to eat them! Leave a comment and be sure to take a picture and tag it #carashealthycravings, I would love to see what you come up with.

Happy Grilling!

Favourite thing to grill, what is it?


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