This vegan nod to a Jalapeño Popper Burger is sure to put a huge smile on your face. We are always looking for fun ways to spicy up your life and what better way than putting a vegan spin on a veggie burger than this incredibly flavor-packed jalapeno deliciousness. This tastiness features an incredible jalapeño black bean burger coated in a knock-your-socks-off Vegan Pickled Jalapeno Raspberry Burger Sauce that is sure to take you to flavor town.
Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free and no highly processed ingredients.
Hi there, Ameera here!
Ohhhhh man! Can you say “SCORE”? Mom and I have been perfecting this tastiness over the past 6 months trying to get it just right. I think we succeeded. WOOO HOOO!!!
I thought we would have this burger out a lot sooner than now as I was really hoping to get it finalized by Mother’s Day as a surprise for Mom. When Mom and I were vegetarians (before going WFPB), there was a local restaurant that made a fantastic black bean veggie burger with deep fried jalapeño peppers on it. Mom LOVED it. We didn’t go there often, but when we did, she would always order this tasty veggie burger.
When I asked Mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day in January (yes, we have to work that far in advance), she said she wanted some type of jalapeno burger. Well after multiple failed attempts and many different versions, it just didn’t look like it was going to happen, so I moved the whole idea to her birthday in July.
Needless to say, her birthday came and went, but I finally nailed this puppy down right after her birthday. We all ate it up! It is just so gosh-darned incredibly flavorful and don’t even get me started on the Vegan Pickled Jalapeno Raspberry Burger Sauce! OMG!!! So tasty!
These burgers will definitely be in the Top 10 of our Best 2020 Recipes for sure!
I’ll let Mom tell you more!
Hi! Robin here.
My Lord, these burgers are soooooo flippin’ AMAZING!!!! Monkey knows how much I love jalapeno burgers. As she said, there is a local restaurant that has a veggie burger with deep-fried jalapenos on top that I loved!
Well since we are Whole Food Plant Based, deep-fried jalapenos aren’t an option. So when Monkey decided to put the jalapenos inside the burger and top it with this incredible sauce, I knew she hit the jackpot. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Thank you Monkey for thinking of your ‘ole ma’. 🙂
They are SOOOOOO GOOD!!! And freezer friendly too!
If you try this tasty burger, we would love to know if you enjoy it as much as we do! Please leave us a review! Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram and tag us! We would love to hear from you.
To freeze them, simply make them, cool completely to room temperature, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then place the individually wrapped patties into a freezer bag. You can pull one out at a time, microwave, and devour! They taste as good as the day you made them!
We hope you give this deliciousness a try! We just know you are going to love it!
- Food processor
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper
Vegan Jalapeno Popper Burger
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 40 Minutes
- Total Time: 50 Minutes
- Yield: 5-6 Burgers 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Healthy and flavorful, this Vegan Jalapeño Popper Burger topped with an incredible Raspberry Sauce is sure to put a huge smile on your face.
- ½ medium yellow onion, chunked
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded, chunked
- 2 Tablespoons pickled “tamed” jalapeno pepper slices *
- ½ cup rolled oats *
- 1 cup refrigerated brown rice *
- 1 – [ 15 oz. can ] black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 Tablespoons tahini
- 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari *
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Optional Serving Ideas:
- Vegan Pickled Jalapeno Raspberry Burger Sauce
- Burger buns
- Pickled “tamed” jalapeno pepper slices
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Place all the Spice/Herb Ingredients into a small bowl, set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Add the rice and oats into the food processor, pulse for 5 seconds, just to start to break them up, then add the onions, jalapeños, and pickled jalapeño slices into a food processor, process just until minced, do not pulverized them.
- Then add the black beans and pulse off and on just until the beans are broken up. Do not over-process and turn the mixture into mush. Then place the mixture into a large bowl.
- Then add the remaining Other Ingredients and Spice/Herb Mix into the large bowl, mix well by using your hands until everything is well combined and sticks together.
- Form a large round disk, cut it into 4ths. Take 1/4th of the mixture, form a smooth ball, then flatten into a 1-inch burger patty and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue until all the burger patties are made. (See notes on burger formation)
- Place in a preheated 350 F oven (center rack) and bake for 20 minutes, then flip, and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 2 minutes to set up before serving topping with our Vegan Pickled Jalapeno Raspberry Burger Sauce and pickled jalapeño slices.
*Tips for Success:
- Burger Patty Mixture: Do not place everything into a food processor to process. We tried that and the mixture becomes too wet and muddy. After you process the ingredients in Step 4 to a mince, then add the black beans and pulse just until they are broken up. Do not over-process them. You still want to see some small pieces of black beans in the mixture, then dump the mixture into a large bowl and add in the other ingredients and mix by hand. Note: If you do accidentally over-process the mixture and it is too wet, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer until the mixture is no longer too wet to handle.
- Pickled Jalapeno Peppers: It can be a little challenging measuring out pickled jalapeno peppers onto a tablespoon, just make sure you kind of smashed them onto the tablespoon to get a good solid measurement. Also, make sure you don’t get any of the juice (brine) with it as it can add extra moisture resulting in a mushy burger. We laid some out onto a paper towel then placed them onto the tablespoon pressing downward to get a solid measurement.
- Burger Formation: Pack the burger in your hand to form a cohesive ball, then press down while still in your hands and form a flattened disk. This recipe makes 4 large burgers or 5 to 5 medium burgers.
- Thickness of the burger: The thickness of this burger is another area within your control. We made multiple kitchen tests and preferred a 1-inch thick burger. You can make them thinner, but you may need to adjust your oven time if you plan to make more than 4 burgers.
- Burger Moistness: This is a moist, tender burger. If you prefer a drier burger, just bake it longer, 20 minutes on each side (or longer). We felt 20 minutes, then 15 minutes on the flip side worked perfectly for 4 burgers.
- Refrigerated Rice: It is important to use rice that has been cooked and cooled in the refrigerator. Using freshly made rice will result in a gummy burger.
- Vegan Pickled Jalapeno Raspberry Burger Sauce: This sauce is amazing on this burger. We suggest making the sauce first and refrigerating it before making the burger so it can tighten up in the fridge. We put ours in the freezer to speed up the process. If you make the sauce the day before, just pop it in the fridge until ready to use it.
*Tamari: We used San J Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium. You can substitute the tamari with reduced sodium soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Braggs Coconut Liquid Aminos.
*Pickled Jalapenos: We used Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers. Be sure to select a mild (“tamed”) pickled jalapeno. Fresh jalapenos do not work as well.
*Rolled Oats: Use whole grain rolled oats, not instant oats. We used Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats (Whole Grain) .
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Serving: 5 to 6 burgers
*Storage: Refrigerate and use within 7 days. Freezes well.
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I only have quick oats… any suggestions?
Hi there Jennifer 🙂
Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We think that quick oats would work but because they are more processed, the burger could come out a little on the gummy side.
-Ameera and Robin 🙂
Also ran out of Tahini… swap peanut butter or skip?
Hi there Jennifer 🙂
Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We think that a nut or seed butter would work. Peanut butter will have a huge impact on flavor, perhaps almond butter would be a better choice.
-Ameera and Robin 🙂
Your Jalapeño burger is the best I have ever tasted! Thank you, thank you!
Hi there Barbara 🙂
Yaaaay!!! We are so thrilled that it is the best you have ever tasted. We appreciate you sharing your awesome feedback and for taking the time to write.
-Ameera and Robin 🙂
I made the Pickled Jalapeno Raspberry sauce a day earlier than the burgers as I had several things “on the burner” at the same time as the burgers. We both liked the burgers; they have a great taste. As I was cleaning up: “Oh, no!” I had left out the entire spice/herb ingredients!! I can hardly wait to make these again to see how even better they’ll be with the spice/herbs. Thanks for all your great recipes and ideas.
Hi there Judy,
OH BOY!!! Been there and done that a few times ourselves. We hope you give this recipe another try with the spice/herb ingredients. Thank you so much for taking time to write. We appreciate you and your support!
-Ameera and Robin