Black Bean Burger


    • 1 cup cooked or canned and drained black beans
    • 1/2 cup cooked or canned and drained red kidney beans
    • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds mixed with 1/3 cup water
    • 1/4 cup ground oatmeal flakes


    If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.

    In a food processor, add beans, cilantro, onion, oil, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin and pepper, then puree until smooth. Add and chia mixture first, then do the same with the ground oatmeal flakes until the whole mixture is sticky and holds together.

    Divide mixture into four patties, and pace patties on baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes on each side OR grease grill pan with extra virgin olive oil and cook about 6 minutes on each side.

    Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living. Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.