These are soft burgers, they don't really have a "meaty" texture. If you don't have a food processor, the zucchini can be shred by hand.
Author Kathleen Henry,


  • 1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium zucchini about 2 cups, shredded
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. steak seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke optional


  • In a large bowl, add the black beans and mash them with the back of a rounded measuring cup.
  • Shred the zucchini (I did this in a flash with my food processor) and add it to the beans.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix with your hands, until very well combined. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Coat a large frying pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat over low. Meanwhile, form the mixture into 5 patties.
  • Fry each patty a few minutes on one side, until browned. Flip and brown the other side. They can be fried in batches if they don't all fit at the same time.
  • Serve hot and however you like. We did ketchup and whole grain mustard, but I bet a vegan BBQ sauce would be good as well!