Grocery Haul + Recipe: Black Bean Burgers and Fries

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Grocery shopping has been something I’ve enjoyed since I was a little kid. Every week or two with my mom,  I loved visiting the produce section, where we would choose fruits and vegetables, and then take them over to the scale to weigh them. Since moving out on my own, I’ve been able to channel my new passion for vegan foods and cooking. It’s awesome that grocery shopping can combine the two, and I can see it as a time to look for new items, and also challenge myself to stick to a budget.

Most people may think that going vegan is super expensive, but girl, lemme tell you something…it doesn’t have to be! Aldi has become my new favorite place to grocery shop, mostly because they have unbeatable prices on produce. In fact, all the items pictured above only cost me $34.25! My total is usually $30 or under, but avocado prices have unfortunately risen quite a bit lately. Regardless, take a look at my receipt below, which includes the staples that every plant-based goddess needs in her life.

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The following recipe uses ingredients from my grocery haul. Let’s be honest…since going vegan, I often times crave a burger and fries. When transitioning into a plant-based diet, it’s important to know that you can make substitutions to make some of your favorite meals vegan!

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Black bean burgers have always been a favorite of mine, and I used to use this recipe by Epicurious .  I went without a bun on these because I just started the 21 Day Fix, and my program is lighter on carbs. You can serve your black bean burger on top of a salad, but it also goes great on a bun with some sliced avocado on top.

With a few modifications to veganize the Epicurious’ recipe, here’s a new version:

Black Bean Burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can  fat-free refried beans
  • 1 cup corn, thawed if frozen
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 cup  (give or take, based on consistency) whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

PREPARATION

In a bowl, combine beans, corn, salsa, breadcrumbs, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Form bean mixture into 3/4-inch-thick patties. In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook patties, turning once, until browned, 5 minutes per side; remove from pan.

This recipe makes 10-12 burgers, depending on size of patties.

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Of course, no burger would be complete without fries. I’ve messed around with several recipes, but decided to come up with my own because, why not? What’s great about this recipe is that the fries turn out crispy without being doused in oil. Since they are hand-cut, a tool like a mandolin slicer may be helpful. I decided to be hardcore and just use a knife to cut the fries into matchsticks. If you’re anything like me, you’ll do the same and blast some Erykah Badu  while you cut dem fries like the goddess you are.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large Russet potatoes, cut into thin, matchstick slices
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Toss the potatoes with the olive oil on a large baking sheet. Spread potatoes onto a single layer, and sprinkle garlic salt, garlic powder, and pepper on top. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, shaking the pan every 10 minutes or so, until the potatoes are cooked well, golden, and crispy.

 

15 thoughts on “Grocery Haul + Recipe: Black Bean Burgers and Fries

  1. This looks legitimately delicious. I was shocked that you could make 10-12 burgers from your recipe, like, that’s a lot of burgers for the ingredients you laid out. I will have to try it out! How do you get your patties to stick together without falling apart when you eat them?

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    1. Yeah! I made them kind of small, because I usually eat two of them 🙂 The salsa helps them to bind together. Also I like using refried beans in combination of whole black beans (that’s an adaptation I made)..the refried beans also help things to bind! Glad you liked the recipe!

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  2. To be honest, I have never really been a fan of replacing meat with vegetables(or other healthy products). I’d rather add them as a side and keep the beef! But the one that I am on board with is black bean burgers. I buy them frozen at Costco and I can only imagine that they have most of the same health benefits as making them from scratch. I usually add hot sauce to add flavor, but I guess thats what the salsa and chili powder are for in your recipe. Using fresh ingredients would probably make the burgers taste better than the ones from the freezer, so I just might have to try this recipe!

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    1. Hot sauce goes really well, I sometimes like to add sriracha and ranch on them! Glad you’d like to try the recipe out! I tried to recreate the recipe to be easy to make..I used to get annoyed with putting the black beans in the blender because it took forever and was just a mess. So adding the refried beans solves that issue and you still get some whole black beans in there, which is nice.

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  3. As someone who is always trying to find ways to make healthy taste good, I am really excited to try this recipe. I have considered going vegan before but never done it for three main reasons.
    1. I thought it would be very expensive,
    2. I thought the food would be really difficult to make, and
    3. I want to be able to eat things that are similar to what people around me are eating.
    In just this one post you have proven all of those theories to be wrong. With your help I may finally be able to give the vegan lifestyle a try.
    I look forward to learning more from you!

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  4. I like the layout of your post, it’s very easy to follow along with and the pictures do a great job at making me want to make the food myself! I can appreciate the self-discipline it takes to go on a vegan diet, it probably is a lot of work to find good substitutes for what you lose when becoming vegan but it looks like you enjoy it and is probably a healthier lifestyle! Also love Aldi, been shopping there for years, people who aren’t shopping there are missing out!

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  5. Personally, I am a huuuugeeee meat lover. I could not actually be able to go vegan even for a day.. But those fries look so good. I loved it when my mom made homemade fries and I always thought it’d be more complicated then that! I will need to give it a try next time I get potatoes. I hope you keep posting little things like those fries in the future! I’m excite to try a few new things out from your blog!

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  6. PBG,

    Being a huge meat eater considering I work at a meat market I know I couldn’t go vegan or vegetarian, but I love trying new recipes that are a healthier version of what I love, just like this one! I love burgers, but these actually sound delicious and I am curious to try it out! Thanks for including your grocery list as well, that will be very helpful when it comes to gathering all of the ingredients!

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  7. LOVE this post! I’m a huge Aldi produce advocate, and all of my friends think I’m crazy! They all enjoy the “basic” places to shop (which ultimately are the most expensive places). I’m glad that I’m not the only one that likes to save a couple bucks! Overall, great post. I have always enjoyed black bean burgers at restaurants, and have never thought to make them on my own. I think I’ll give it a try! Thank you.

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  8. The meal you made looks amazing, especially the french fries! I have always been a fan of keeping the skin on. I was very surprised right away when you had mentioned it was only $34.25. It really is a shame how expensive and delicious avocados are. I’m really excited to see what you make next!

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    1. Avocados generally have been 59 cents at Aldi the past few months, so I was sad to see them be $1.29 each! Not 100 percent sure that Trump’s 20% import tax on goods from Mexico is already in place, but this may be a factor on why prices have risen on avocados… 😥

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  9. The great thing about your bean burger recipe is that it doesn’t call for any of the “funny” ingredients that some people switching to vegan find odd such as vital wheat gluten or nutritional yeast. Both of those add some bulk and some flavor, but many recipes — like yours! — easily can do without them.

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