Black Bean Smash Burger (Summer Sizzler 2024)

Two veggie burger sitting on a round platter. Topped with spinach, yellow peppers, tomatoes and burger sauce. Looks delicious.

Summer Sizzler is the first Chef Demo of the summer on UBC Vancouver Campus. UBC Farm produce is the highlight of this presentation. The demo is lead by Chef Darren Clay, Executive Sous Chef of Residence Dining at UBC. He loves local ingredients and simple recipes. Celebrate Veggie Burger Day (June 5th) with us and learn how create a yummy veggie burger with farm fresh produce and local seasonal ingredients. Watch for more summer events on our website or follow @ubcfoodie. Mark your calendar for UBC Blueberry Fest — July 24, 25, 26.

UBC Farm Wednesday Campus Market will now open weekly at the UBC Bookstore Plaza. June 5 to October 30.

Yield: 8 burgers


  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise (can sub Vegan Mayo)
  • 2 Tbsp      Adobo sauce (from canned adobo chilies)
  • 1 small Red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp         Salt
  • 3 cloves   Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp         Cumin (toasted & ground)
  • 1 tsp         Coriander (toasted & ground)
  • 1 slice       Jalapeno Havarti Cheese
  • ¼ cup       Jalapeno Havarti (grated)
  • 1 can Black beans (small can – rinsed)
  • 1               Egg (beaten)
  • 2 pieces Chipotle chilies (from can – finely chopped)
  • ½ cup      Breadcrumbs (toasted)
  • as needed, burger bun, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, pickled onions


  1. Stir mayonnaise and adobo sauce to combine. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. Heat heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add oil, red onion & salt and cook until soft and fragrant (2-3 minutes).
  3. Add garlic & spices and cook 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Coarsely mash black beans with a potato masher or fork. Add grated cheese, egg, chipotle chilies, breadcrumbs, salt & onion mixture.
  5. Mix until evenly distributed. Divide into 8 equal portions.
  6. Put each portion between parchment paper and using a pot lid press until 1-2 cm thick.
  7. Heat heavy bottomed pan to medium/ high heat, when hot add oil and place burgers in making sure to not overcrowd the pan. This will drop the temperature and you will not get a nice crust.
  8. Flip burger, add cheese slice until melted.
  9. Toast bun, add adobo mayonnaise and other toppings and finish with the warm burger.