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I am a meat eater. My husband is a meat eater. We are a meat eating household. But somewhere over the last couple of years, I’ve been able to start sneaking in some meatless meals. It started out as maybe one or two a month, then once a week, and now, we probably eat meatless twice a week. That is saying a lot coming from this meat-loving family!! In all honesty, I think that one of the biggest contributors to this is the cost of groceries these days. Sadly, it’s common to spend a ridiculous amount of money on groceries, even without spending that money on meat.

So since we’ve been eating meatless more often, I’m constantly on the lookout for new and delicious meatless options. I’ve done lots of soups, and lots of pasta, but that’s about where my creativity ends. πŸ™‚ In comes Pam Anderson’s newest cookbook – Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals.

Last week, I was able to go to a book signing and q&a with Pam. I was able to meet both Pam and her daughter Maggy, (you can find them as well as Pam’s other daughter, Sharon, all at the blog Three Many Cooks). They were both delightful to meet in person, and I was able to really hear how much passion Pam has for food and cooking. She caters towards the home cook, which I really love and appreciate.

I really love the premise of this book.Β  I love that it is more of a guide than just a book full of recipes.Β  She gives you a basic method, and then there are many different spins and ideas you can take from that main method, creating dinner from what you have in your pantry.Β  And I love that the recipes in this cookbook won’t even leave you missing the meat!

These bean burgers were definitely a way to satisfy both meat lovers and non-meat lovers.Β  They are hearty and filling and perfect for a weeknight meal.Β  I loved how fast they came together and how much flavor one burger packs.Β  I made mine slider sized, because I tend to favor minis to full size these days, and they were a huge hit.


Want to win a copy of Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals by Pam Anderson? Thanks to Pam, I have 2 copies to give away!
Here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory: Comment below and let me know your favorite meatless meal.

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Southwestern Bean Burgers
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You'll never miss the meat in this vegetarian burger, made from pantry staples and in only minutes. A southwestern flair gives these bean burgers plenty of flavor and zing!
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans black, white or pinto beans or black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon coarsly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup prepared salsa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 hamburger buns (or 12 slider sized buns)
  • ¼ cup olive or canola oil
  • 2 avocados
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • sliced tomatoes
  • thinly sliced red onions
  1. Drain 1 can of the beans and reserve the liquid. In a medium bowl, mash the beans. Drain the second can, and add to the mashed beans along with the breadcrumbs, eggs, pepper and garlic powder. Stir in the salsa, cumin and cilantro. If necessary, add some of the reserved bean liquid until the mixture holds together but is not wet. Divide the mixture into 6 patties, or 12 patties for sliders.
  2. Warm the buns in a 300F oven for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat ¼ cup olive or canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until a crisp, brown crust forms on both sides, about 6 minutes total.
  3. While the patties are cooking, mash the avocados in a small bowl. Mix in the mayonnaise, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place a patty on each bun, topped with the avocado mixture, lightly salted tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions.
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  6. Recipe from Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians
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138 Responses to Southwestern Bean Burgers

  1. my fave meatless meal…big salad with edamame, peanut sauce baked tofu, and lots of dessert πŸ™‚

  2. Katrina says:

    This is just lovely. I eat meatless everyday! My favorite meal is pizza…I know, boring. But it’s true!

  3. Katrina says:

    I follow taste and tell on twitter – @katrinadingle

  4. Katrina says:

    I follow Pam Anderson on twitter – @katrinadingle

  5. Bev Weidner says:

    Pizza! I love margarita pizzas. But I also love a good salad with roasted veggies and good cheese.

    Now I’m hungry. I WANT THAT BOOK!

  6. abbi says:

    My favorite meatless meals are either stir-fry veggies or some type of pizza.

  7. abbi says:

    I like Taste and Tell on FB

  8. Meagan says:

    My favorite meatless meal is butternut squash and sage lasagna, YUM!

  9. Meagan says:

    I like Taste and Tell and FB πŸ™‚

  10. I like meatless soup best. Soup always seems really heavy to me if there’s meat in it – give me broccoli cheddar, potato, that kind of thing and I’m a happy girl!

  11. I like Three Many Cooks on FB!

  12. Julie says:

    I would love to add this book to my collection!

  13. Julie says:

    I’m following Taste and Tell on Facebook.

  14. Julie says:

    I’m following Taste and Tell on Twitter (for my previous post, I “Liked” your blog on Facebook).

  15. christa says:

    Roasted eggplant and tomato pasta!

  16. christa says:

    I like you on FB.

  17. christa says:

    I like Three Many cooks on FB.

  18. Magsie says:

    I never thought to make my own veggie burger. So cool. I think my favorite vegetarian meal is mac and cheese. How bad is that?!?

  19. Maria says:

    I love these burgers! My kind of burger-no meat:)

  20. Monet says:

    I love vegan sloppy joes….or a good bean chili! But these burgers look mighty good too! I want one for lunch. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. Great post!

  21. Shanna says:

    My favorite meatless meal is pesto pizza with tomatoes and feta cheese!

  22. My favorite is probably mac n cheese. I have to admit I’m a big meat eater and don’t even realize it half the time.

  23. Sarah H.P. says:

    I think one of my favorite meatless meals would have to be an egg salad sandwich with some tasty side salads and a sweet bowl of fresh fruit!

  24. Shanna says:

    I like you on FB

  25. Shanna says:

    I like Three Many Cooks on FB!

  26. Head Ant says:

    My favorite meatless meal is Alfredo Ravioli. Very versatile!

  27. Brie H. says:

    My favorite meatless meal is Chickpea-Spinach Curry With Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce yum!!!

  28. Brie H. says:

    I liked Taste and Tell on Facebook.

  29. Casey says:

    Yum! My favorite meatless meals are usually pizza or a black bean burrito!

  30. Dayna says:

    My favorite meatless meal is “Morgan’s Veggie Patties” by Guy Fieri.

  31. Elaine says:

    I like a good vegetable soup!

  32. Elaine says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Facebook πŸ™‚

  33. I’m a big fan of eggs – in quiches, wrapped in a tortilla or an egg sandwich, when I don’t feel like defrosting meat for dinner!

  34. Erin says:

    I love grilled cheese and tomato soup!

  35. Jen says:

    Since I’m vegetarian, that’s a tough question! I’m going to be vague, and say that anything with roasted vegetables!

  36. Jen says:

    I liked Taste and Tell on facebook

  37. Jen says:

    I liked Three Many Cooks on facebook

  38. Keega says:

    I have a lot of favorite meatless meals but the one’s I go to the most are my mushroom and caramelized onion quesadilla’s.

  39. Lisa says:

    Love veggie chili!

  40. Lauren M> says:

    bean burritos with all the fixings!!!

  41. Kalyn says:

    I have the book, but just wanted to say that this recipe looks great! (So sad I missed the event with Pam. Sigh.)

  42. Christy says:

    I love spaghetti with a good veggie sauce.

  43. Margaret says:

    I just tried a vegan tofu breakfast burrito at Blue Plate Diner and fell in love! If you can master that recipe, I would make it all the time! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  44. Joanne says:

    haha well…I eat meatless all the time! And my favorite dish ever that I’ve made…hmm that’s rough. I made an eggplant pomegranate lentil stew last year that i’m STILL dreaming about!

    These bean burgers sound delicious…totally a need-to-make item.

  45. Courtney says:

    My favorite meatless meal is a veggie burger!

  46. Sarah C says:

    My favorite meatless meal is a Quinoa Greek Salad – no meat, lots of protein and flavor!

  47. Andrea D. says:

    Our family loves waffles or pancakes. Our most favorite thing is black bean quesadillas. They are awesome.

  48. Andrea D. says:

    I am a facebook fan of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  49. Andrea D. says:

    I am a facebook fan of Three Many Cooks. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  50. Stacey M says:

    My favorite is polenta. Jeanne Lemlin’s Quick Vegetarian Pleasures has the one I have been using for years. Served with a couple of vegetables – delicious.

  51. nicole says:

    My favorite meatless meal is bean burritos. I put Mexican rice and cheese in as well, bake with a spicy red sauce over the top and its heaven. Sometimes, if we are in the mood, we add guac and lettuce on top. And you barely notice there isn’t meat in them due to all the flavors πŸ™‚

  52. I really like to make vegetable curries. I also like to marinate portobello mushroom caps in balsamic and thyme, and broil them for a few minutes. I serve them with red-pepper polenta.

  53. Kelly Perry says:

    baked ziti and a salad

  54. Kelly Perry says:

    twitter follower of Tasteandtell.

  55. Kelly Perry says:

    FB fan of tasteandtell.

  56. Allie says:

    My favorite meatless meal is a vegetarian lentil loaf.

  57. Kelly says:

    Oh we really enjoy meatless meals. Falafel is a favorite around here!

  58. Sarah says:

    I love spaghetti with garlic and olive oil!

  59. Laura says:

    spaghetti squash, cottage cheese and marinara! just like lasagna

  60. Meryl says:

    Black Bean Quesadillas with sauteed garlic, onion, and red pepper, topped with melted extra sharp cheddar.

  61. Louis S. says:

    Vegetarian Lasagne with spinach, mushrooms, and 3 kinds of cheese.

  62. Denise B says:

    cheese enchilada and black bean tostadas

  63. Marilyn says:

    Similar to your bean burger recipe, but different; my favorite meatless meal is bean sandwiches. Very simple–warmed refried beans on hamburger buns topped with taco toppings like lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and whatever else you like! People think these are weird when I tell them about them, but they’re GOOD!

  64. Lynn Lynn says:

    I love veggie pizza

  65. Cheryl Ross says:

    My favorite vegetarian meal is a Southwestern Rice and Beans dish.

  66. Chels R. says:

    That looks really good. I think one of my favorite meatless meals is my mom’s lasagna. It literally tastes like there is meat in it, but there’s not and it’s sooo good!

  67. Chels R. says:

    I like Taste and Tell on FB πŸ™‚

  68. Chels R. says:

    I like 3 many cooks on Fb πŸ™‚

  69. Chels R. says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Twitter πŸ™‚

  70. Chels R. says:

    I follow Pam Anderson on Twitter πŸ™‚

  71. Cassie says:

    Bean burgers are my favorite meatless meal. I have really gotten in to making different variations lately. We are both meat eaters but we love meatless dinners that have this kind of flavor!

  72. Cassie says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  73. Tricia says:

    My favorite meatless meals are lentil tacos, and black bean and feta tacos. Yummo!

  74. Kat says:

    I love meatless sloppy joes! I use the Morningstar crumbles in place of hamburger meat.

  75. Alyssa says:

    My favorite meatless meal so far has been an almond-soy burger. SO GOOD.

  76. Sarah says:

    I love making recipes with quinoa. One of my favorites is black bean and quinoa burritos!

  77. Sarah says:

    I liked Taste and Tell on fb.

  78. Sarah says:

    I liked Three Many Cooks on fb.

  79. Sarah says:

    I followed Taste and Tell on twitter.

  80. Sarah says:

    I followed on Pam Anderson on twitter.

  81. karen says:

    All my meals are meatless, hard to pick a favorite, but homemade eggplant parmigiana is definitely way up there!


  82. Annie says:

    I’m a vegetarian. The lone one in my family, so when I have a chance to cook something that is meatless and feeds everyone, I jump on it! One of my favorite meatless dishes is a veggie potpie. I use lots of different veggies and always add ‘hearts of palm’, one of my favorite veggies. You can find it in cans or jars but never fresh in the US. I love the sweet and savory flavor of it.

  83. Kristy says:

    This looks like a fabulous book! My favorite meatless meal…Eggplant Parm. Hands-down. πŸ™‚

  84. Kristy says:

    I’m following on FB.

  85. Kristy says:

    And on Twitter. πŸ™‚

  86. Mb says:

    quinoa with veggies!

  87. sweet road says:

    I am drooling! I really should not look at food blogs before going to bed, I’m just torturing myself… but it is for a good cause. Meaning I have yet to make a successful veggie burger because the batter is always too soupy and doesn’t hold well, so I am saving this recipe!

  88. mana says:

    My fav meatless meal is: onion soup + zuchini pie + green salad.
    hope to get one of those beautiful books!!!!

  89. Devyani says:

    Black bean soup with Spanish rice…yummm…the ultimate meatless comfort food for me!

  90. Melanie F. says:

    I have lots of favorite meatless meals! Pasta in just about any form and combination; or black bean enchilada casserole; or barley lentil soup; or tacos/taco salad made w/ beans instead of meat… I could go on. Never made bean burgers so I’m looking forward to trying this one, thanks!

  91. Melanie F. says:

    I’m following Taste and Tell on Twitter

  92. Melanie F. says:

    I’m following Pam Anderson on Twitter

  93. Lauren says:

    Mac and cheese!

  94. Tiffany says:

    I love to make Soba noodle stir fry with a spicy almond butter sauce.

  95. we are meat eaters who eat meatless a few times a week! my fave meatless meal is probably roasted vegetable enchilada casserole!

  96. Kelly C. says:

    Black bean burgers and falafel are my meatless weeknight meal stand-bys, but for when I have the time and energy, my veggie lasagna can’t be beat!

  97. Joan says:

    One of my favorite meatless meals is veggie pizza.

  98. Christine says:

    Hey Deborah, your Southwestern Burger is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://knapkins.com/guess_games/911?source=fb

  99. Corinne P. says:

    My favorite meatless meal is spinach manicotti.

  100. BigFatBaker says:

    I follow Three Many Cooks on Twitter!

  101. BigFatBaker says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Twitter!

  102. BigFatBaker says:

    *Three Many Cooks was suppose to be Facebook – sorry!*
    And I liked Taste and Tell on Facebook!

  103. BigFatBaker says:

    I don’t have very many creative veggie ideas so I always get stuck with soup or veggie pizza. I can’t wait to try your bean burgers though. Thank you for sharing and what a great giveaway!

  104. Emily C says:

    Black bean burgers are my favorite meatless meal! yum.

  105. Dee W. says:

    Black beans and rice is my favorite meatless meal.

  106. Dee W. says:

    I like Taste & Tell on FB (Dee Wright)

  107. Dee W. says:

    I like Three Many Cooks on FB (Dee Wright)

  108. Dee W. says:

    Follow Taste and Tell on Twitter (Mommy24babies)

  109. Dee W. says:

    Follow Pam Anderson on Twitter (Mommy24babies)

  110. Kara says:

    My favorite meatless meal is vegetable biryani or just a simple plate of tomatoes at the height of summer.

  111. ivelisse says:

    I like white rice, pink beans “guisadas”, and avocado salad (avocado,tomate,onions,cilantro,salt,lemon,and evoo). YUM!!!!!!!

  112. Volanta Peng says:

    my fave meatless meal would have to be alfredo with broccoli, asparagus, mushroom with pasta. delish. πŸ™‚

  113. Jessica says:

    My fave meatless meal is a vegetable chili- with sweet potatoes, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and more!

  114. Teslaca says:

    Big, hearty salads are my favorite meatless meals. I pile on lots of roasted veggies, grated raw veggies and even baked tofu for a filling meal.

  115. Teslaca says:

    Following Taste and Tell on Twitter

  116. Teslaca says:

    Following Pam Anderson on Twitter

  117. Anne J says:

    I like anything with eggs–a good omelet with loads of veggies and a little cheese is always good. Or quinoa patties with a little sour cream on top. Mmmmm. I’ve added these bean burgers to my menu this month. They look delish!

  118. Pingwin says:

    My favorite meatless meal is Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad:)

  119. Marsha says:

    My favorite meatless meal is a big entree salad with lots of veggies and cheese, nuts and maybe eggs for protein. I also love omelets.

  120. Sandy says:

    I’ve been looking for a veggie burger recipe but, am a little too “chicken” (sorry) to test out the many recipes I’ve found. Thanks for doing the scouting work and finding a good recipe for me! I can’t wait to try it.

  121. Sandy says:

    I do Follow you on twitter…

  122. Sandy says:

    … and now I follow Pam, too!

  123. Gianna says:

    I love minestrone soup with pasta.

  124. Wendy says:

    I found this online and made it recently, it was a big hit with my carnivore husband!


    Again, not my recipe. Props to this blogger!

  125. Donna says:

    Quinoa Burgers

  126. Teresa says:

    Bean and cheese nachos…..and scrambled eggs with lots of veggies. Seperate meals of course! πŸ™‚

  127. KEC says:

    I’ve tried many a black bean burger and this recipe is by far the best! Can’t wait to share the recipe with friends and family.

  128. Brittany says:

    Love the recipe! Can these burgers be frozen?

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