Bulgur- Black Bean Burgers



1 Tbsp            olive oil, plus additional for brushing

1                      small onion, diced

½ cup               bulgur

1 (14oz) can    black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed

½ cup               whole wheat breadcrumbs

1 ½ Tbsp          Worcestershire sauce

1                      egg, slightly beaten

2                      garlic cloves, minced

½ cup               fresh cilantro, minced

¾ tsp               ground cumin

¼ tsp               cayenne

½ tsp               pepper

¼ tsp               salt

4 whole wheat hamburger rolls


Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, red onion

For Lime-Cilantro Aioli:

¼ cup               prepared low-fat mayonnaise

¼ cup               nonfat Greek yogurt

1                      lime, zest and juice

1                      clove garlic, chopped

1 Tbsp             chopped fresh cilantro



  1. Heat olive oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add bulgur to pan along with 1 cup of water or broth.  Cover and simmer on low until water is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes.
  2. Put cooked bulgur in a large mixing bowl with remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Form into 4 patties, about ½ cups of mixture per patty.
  4. Chill at least 20 minutes.  While patties chill, prepare aioli by pulsing all ingredients in a blender or food processor until blended.  Chill until ready to use.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil.  When hot, drop in patties and cook until golden, about 5 minutes per side.
  6. Serve on whole wheat rolls with Lime-Cilantro Aioli and desired toppings (lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado).


Adapted from: https://wholegrainscouncil.org/recipes/bulgur-black-bean-veggie-burger