We mentioned that pesky meat shortage that’s going around right now. But don’t let that keep you from grillin’ like a champ this weekend. 

The trickiest part of plant-based burgers is keeping them from falling apart on the grill. Talk about a day ruiner. 

This tried and true recipe will give you delicious, hearty burgs that will keep their shape all the way to their buns baby.

Bon appetit!


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 Tbsp avocado oil 
  • 1/2 medium white onion, finely diced 
  • 1 Tbsp each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper 
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (well rinsed, drained and patted dry)
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs 
  • 3-4 Tbsp your favorite sauce
  1. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add raw walnuts and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden brown. Remove from skillet and let cool.
  2. Heat the same skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and onion. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is fragrant, soft, and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Once walnuts are cooled, add to blender or food processor with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and sugar and blend until fine. Set aside.
  4. To a large mixing bowl, add drained, dried black beans and mash well with a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
  5. Next add cooked rice, walnut mixture, sautéed onion, panko bread crumbs, sauce, and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes, or until a moldable dough forms. If it looks too dry, add extra 1-2 Tbsp of sauce. If too wet, add more panko bread crumbs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Now it’s time to make some patties! You can freestyle your amounts here, or use a ½ cup to scoop the mixture and form into burgs. This recipe is designed for 5 patties. 
  7. Grill for 3-4 minutes over medium heat, top with whatever your heart desires, and enjoy!