Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce

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9 g
Total Fat
5 g
Dietary Fiber
4 g
20 g
Total Carbs
 Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce

These vegetarian burgers are so good that all of your meat-loving friends might start begging for their own black bean slider. If you’re watching your carb intake and prefer to go bun-free, you could serve these patties tucked inside of lettuce wraps. But whatever you do, don’t miss out on the Creamy California Avocado Sauce!


Serves: 8
tsp.  canola oil
1/2    medium onion, chopped
  cloves garlic, minced
  medium chipotle pepper, seeded and minced
3/4  tsp.  ground cumin
1/4  tsp.  kosher salt
1/4  tsp.  freshly ground black pepper
cup  canned black beans, drained and rinsed
cup  cooked brown rice
1 1/2  tsp.  fresh lime juice
Tbsp.  panko bread crumbs
Tbsp.  minced cilantro
Tbsp.  canola oil
  Creamy California Avocado Sauce (see make-ahead recipe below)
  whole wheat dinner rolls, cut in half
  Roma tomatoes, sliced
    Creamy California Avocado Sauce
  ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and diced
1/4  cup  minced cilantro
Tbsp.  nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Tbsp.  fresh lime juice
Tbsp.  olive oil
1/2    small chipotle pepper, chopped
1/8  tsp.  salt

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft. Add garlic, chipotle pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the mixture into the food processor. Add black beans, brown rice and lime juice. Pulse until the beans are chopped, but not pureed.
  3. Scrape the black bean mixture into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and the cilantro. Stir the mixture until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions (about 1/4 cup each) and form into patties. If the mixture is too moist to form patties, add more breadcrumbs.
  5. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap and cover with additional plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably not nonstick, so a good crust can form) set over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes per side. If the skillet is not large enough to fit all of the patties, cook them in two batches.
  7. Divide the Creamy California Avocado Sauce between the rolls (about 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon sauce per roll). Top each with one black bean patty and one slice of tomato. Serve.

Creamy California Avocado Sauce

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the avocado, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, oil, chipotle pepper and salt. Puree until smooth.

Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Copyright © 2013, Dara Michalski

Calories 170
Total Fat 9 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 mg
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 4 g
Total Carbs 20 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 230 mg
Potassium 260 mg
Total Sugar 2 g

Vitamin A 346 IU; Vitamin C 8 mg; Calcium 45 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 34 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.27 g

% Daily Value*: Total Fat 14%; Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 4%; Iron 6%


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dara Michalski

Dara Michalski, a Canadian (“Canuck”) living in the United States, is the recipe developer and photographer behind the healthy recipe and running site, Cookin’ Canuck. Dara has been sharing her easy, innovative and healthy recipes with her readers since April 2009. More recently, she started writing about her adventures with running, including her first marathon.

Starting in September 2011, Dara’s cooking and view on health went through a transformation, leading to a 30-pound weight loss and a new dedication to moderation in eating and exercise. She believes that healthy eating doesn’t need to equal boring food!

Dara is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.

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