Vegan Black Bean Burgers on Homemade Rolls: Your Questions Answered

by simplylife on March 11, 2012

Drum Roll, please…your Q & A:

“I want to know your secrets of having the stamina to cook, style & blog after a long day job:”
The secret?  I love to do it!  That’s it.  I don’t put pressure on myself to post a certain number of times per week or to take pictures of everything I eat.  I blog when I can and want to, and clearly, I’m pretty passionate about it 🙂  Plus, cooking, photography and writing have all been favorite hobbies of mine that I would do separately growing-up.  I feel fortunate that I found one hobby (blogging) that actually combines all 3!

“I would love to see your kitchen. I bet it looks awesome!”
Haha, it’s not. 🙂  It’s functional enough that it has a stove, oven and bit of counter space.  But there’s no dishwasher, most of our “small kitchen appliances” sit on shelves outside of the kitchen itself, and if I stand in the middle of the room and outstretch my arms, they can reach both ends of the counter.  While it’s not my dream kitchen or what I may lust after on Pinterest, I think that’s what I like the most: that you don’t have to have the latest gadgets or most expensive products to make delicious, wholesome food; it’s something that can be done anywhere and with simple ingredients.

“I want to know what your favorite thing to cook or bake is:”
Breads!  I know many people are afraid of things that involve yeast, but I love the process!   I’ve definitely had my frustrated moments of spending hours making a bread that didn’t rise or never fully-cooked, but all the times that I’ve produced a warm, flaky crust from just a few simple ingredients makes all the failed attempts worth it!

I’m not sure if it’s from having two grandmothers that made dough (even pasta!) from scratch or the soothing effect of kneading dough by hand, but something in the process is always exciting to me…especially the eating part!

Speaking of bread…This is another recipe I tried from The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Making.  Have I told you that I love this book?   It is definitely for people serious about bread-making (I can pretend), but wow, it’s the real deal!  I made these rolls (called “pane al’ Oilo” in the book) and they made the perfect stand-alone roll, or as I used them here, bun for veggie burgers.

This was my first time making a bread starter (I’m learning French!…it’s called “biga” in the book ;)), and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be.  The most intimidating part? Remembering to mix these 3 simple ingredients the night before.  Truly, that’s it.  If you can mix flour and water (which you can!), you can make this!

The vegan black bean burger recipe is from Daily Garnish.  Again, I’m going to leave you to the expert as I didn’t make too many changes.  If you’re looking for a good veggie burger recipe, look no further.  This is the best consistency I have found (they actually hold together firmly) and I love the healthy mix of ingredients!  The only changes I made: used sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin seeds (because that’s what I had available), added about 2 tsp. Worcheister sauce (please note: adding this is optional and no longer keeps them vegan as it is made with anchovies), and used garlic powder instead of onion powder.  This will definitely be our new go-to veggie burger recipe!

We chose to turn these into a “Southwestern Burger” but adding Monterey Jack Cheese and salsa for a fun topping, but you can definitely top them however you please!

Bread Rolls with Vegan Black Bean Burgers

by Simply Life
Adapted from The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Making 

Keywords: bake bread entree sandwich vegetarian vegan July 4th

Ingredients (20-24 rolls)

For the biga (starter)

  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup minus 1 tbs. warm water
  • Pinch of fresh yeast

For the dough

  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • Biga (above)
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs. yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


1. Prepare the biga. Combine bread flour, water and yeast in large mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or place in sealed tupperware and place in fridge overnight.

2. Following day: combine the bread flour with water and biga in the bowl of standing mixer, fitted with dough hook. Mix on low speed until blended. Add salt and yeast and mix on low for 5 minutes. Increase speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes. Mix in olive oil on low speed (dough will be oily).

3. Lightly oil a large bowl. Scrape dough into bowl (I used a wooden spoon; dough may be sticky, this is okay!). Cover bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Uncover and punch-down dough. Cover and set aside 1 hour.

4. Lightly flour working surface. Divide dough into 20-24 even rolls (about 2.75 oz each). Cover and let rest 15 minutes.

5. Shape each roll into even circles. Cover and let sit 1 hour.

6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with baking stone in oven to preheat. Uncover dough and cut small “X” in top center of each roll, using kitchen shears.

7. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown. Cool on wire racks, serve and enjoy!

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We served these with Sweet Potato Chips I was sent courtesy of Rhythm Superfoods.  They sent their Sea Salt and BBQ Sweet Potato Chips along with their Mango Habanero and Zesty Nacho Kale Chips.  I loved being able to serve these as a much healthier alternative to have typical potato chips!  My favorite was the Sea Salt Sweet Potato flavor.  I didn’t personally love the kale chips but I’m wondering if that’s just because I don’t like kale chips (I’ve only had them once before and wasn’t a fan)?  Their foods are raw, vegan, gluten-free and all natural; I’d say that’s a pretty impressive combo!

~What is your favorite thing to make or bake?

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  • Hillary

    I am super impressed and pretty envious of your bread making! I’m pretty sure I could do it, and I want to, but I need to learn patience first!

    I love baking cookies. I don’t know why that’s my favorite, but I love experimenting with different doughs/flavors!

  • Colleen

    These burger and rolls look so hearty and delicious! I made a great chickpea burger recipe from Daily Garnish. Glad her black bean burger turned out so well. I think I’ll have to try it!!

  • angela.simon11

    Those look so good! The homemade bread just makes it extra special.

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    This looks like an excellent veggie burger- how impressive that you made your own bread to go along!!

  • Ameena

    Unlike you I don’t love to cook. I actually dislike it quite intensely…and this comes through in my sad concoctions.

    But if I had to choose one thing I like to make it would be date muffins. Because they take no time at all and are fool proof and delicious!

    Hope you are having a great Sunday so far.

  • Kristen@Change of Pace

    I think you need to come cook for me. Those look amazing! I really love to make bread too. Something about the dough coming together and feeling it in your hands is calming to me.

  • Anonymous

    Great answers! So true that you dont need a fancy kitchen to make awesome food. Those black bean burgers look so flavorful. I like making soup and baking bars

  • Ranjani

    Thanks for the veggie burger link – I haven’t found a recipe with great texture yet so I am looking forward to trying this one! Your bread looks beautiful

  • Yummychunklet

    Wow. That vegan burger and bun look so hearty and delicious! Yum!

  • Sam

    Those rolls look so good. Once I have a new starter going I’m going to try making these with my sourdough starter in place of the biga. Impressive. 🙂

  • Belinda

    I am so impressed!! I’ve never had the guts o try to make these on my own, but I just might!

  • meri

    Mmmm I want to try those Rhythm chips!

  • Hotly Spiced

    Your vegan burgers look amazing – so inviting. Your kitchen sounds a lot like mine – I haven’t had a dishwasher for a while but we’ve just moved and I now have a dishwasher and I’m loving it!

  • Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    Thanks for sharing your Q and A. I feel the same way about blogging. I love doing it! I don’t think I would have kept up with it this long had I not.
    Those burgers look fabulous! 🙂

  • Cookie Sleuth

    I’m one of those who is afraid of yeast! I will stick with store bought rolls and try the black bean burgers.

  • Kari

    What an amazing burger – I had seen the black bean recipe on Daily Garnish but not yet tried it; you did a great job! And I am super impressed with the rolls, it’s pretty great to think you made the *whole* burger from scratch and not just the pattie!

  • JoJo

    Yey, you answered my question, I feel special 😛
    It’s so neat to know that you bake & cook beautiful foods from a simple kitchen 🙂
    Since I’m eating more vegetarian meals, this is going to be a good one to try!!

  • FiSh SzeHui

    how healthy it is for a black bean pattie for the burger! 🙂 i’d love this very much

    Latest: Meh-meh Goats

  • Lena @Fit on the Rocks

    Those rolls are beautiful, and the burgers look so tasty! I need to get up the courage to make my own black bean burgers.

    • Simply Life

      The process is surprisingly easy- you should definitely try it!

  • Deepti

    This looks simply awesome! Lovely description with photos. Never thought making vegan burgers are so easy. Thanks for the wonderful post.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I love that you love to bake and make breads! Even though I have made some bread with success, baking and bread still scare me…

    Your rolls and veggie burgers look awesome!

  • Zoe

    This is my kind of burger, but I don’t think this is the type that my meat-eater husband and son will eat 🙁 Nevertheless, I will try to “spice up” more of my vegetarian cooking with cheese…

    I really enjoy reading your Q&A! Very inspiring!

    • Simply Life

      That’s too bad- my husband surprisingly ended up loving them! Maybe it’s worth a try?! 🙂

  • kyleen

    That`s intense–making your own buns and burger patties! Usually I only do one or the other before I get tired. These black bean burgers look fab!

  • gliding calm

    Wow wow wow! you are so skilled! what a beautiful post of creations! both the burger and the buns look exceptional! Gorgeous!

    and those kale chips sound enticing… I’d love to try those!

  • eatingRD

    Nothing like fresh baked bread. I think that’s so neat! That burger looks delish. I love making fresh pasta 🙂

  • Kristina

    Those buns look so amazing! Its hard to beat fresh bread, and they look especially good with that black bean burger!

  • Sarah

    Those burgers look delicious! I love baking, but since I’ve been at university I’ve had literally no time to do it. I feel the same as you though, I’m so glad I found blogging to combine all my interests at once!

  • Jamie

    Holy wow these look good!!! I really like to get creative baking bread and add all sorts of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. but I don’t get the change to do it as often as I’d like 🙁

  • Jolene (

    Thanks for answering these questions and replying to mine personally … I totally understand btw 🙂 My favorite thing to bake is my Irish oatmeal bread because it is so easy. I am not a huge fan of baking because it is too exact for my liking and I not a fan of measuring flour and other powdery (messy) ingredients.

  • Laura @ SSP

    I am with you on baking bread. There is something so therapeutic about it and even when it is not perfect the way you planned it, it is still really, really good! It takes practice to get it just right. Have you ever done a live starter?

    • Simply Life

      Oooh I don’t think so- that’s what I thought “biga” was! What is a live starter? So much to learn!…

  • Kiran @

    Go Gina Power!! Loved reading the Q&A. Got to know more about you and your passion for blogging. Like what you said, if there’s no pressure, enjoy what you are doing!!

    Hats off on that delicious homemade rolls and black bean burgers. Drool 😀

  • Mom

    I have never, and I mean never, seen such beautiful homemade rolls in my life. I can’t stop going back to the pictures! I am so amazed and yet humbly inspired; you make it sound so possible for me to do this recipe too! THANKS FOR THAT!

  • Heather

    I love black bean burgers! We have a go-to recipe, but I’m going to try that one as well!

    But if you want them to be vegan, don’t use Worsteshire sauce – it has anchovies in it.

    • Simply Life

      OOOOH- I didn’t know that! THANKS!!! 🙂

  • Hannah

    Is there anyway I could make this recipe without a mixer and knead the dough by hand? if so, how would I go about doing this? These rolls look delicious, but I can’t afford a mixer with a dough hook.

    • Simply Life

      Yes! You DEFINITELY can! A mixer is not necessary (just makes it easier) – I often prefer kneading with my hands! Just place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands until dough is smooth and stretchy – maybe about 5 minutes or so?

  • Hannah

    also, could I sub an upside down baking sheet for a baking stone?

    • Simply Life

      That I don’t know for sure. You could definitely just use a regular baking sheet- just make sure that you put cornmeal (or something else) on it so that it won’t stick! I think the baking stone just helps to make sure it cooks evenly but I often using a baking sheet and it works just fine!

      • hannah

        thank you!

        • Simply Life

          Of course! Please tell me what you think! Enjoy! 🙂

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