Deliciously Ella’s Black Bean Burgers Recipe

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  • Vegetarian





Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward, out now published by Yellow Kite, £20. © Ella Woodward 2016.  Photography © Clare Winfield.


  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100g gram flour
  • 3tbsp tomato purée
  • 2tbsp apple purée
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 2tsp tamari
  • 2tsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of ½ lime
  • coconut oil, to shallow-fry


  • Put the beans in a large mixing bowl. Mash them with a fork until they’re pretty mushy, but not totally smooth; there should still be some whole beans in the mix.

  • Stir in all the remaining ingredients, except the coconut oil.

  • Heat a saucepan with a little coconut oil, then place 1 heaped tbsp of the mix into the centre of the pan. Shape it into a circle and then spread it out a little so it’s just 2cm thick. Repeat to form 4 burgers in the pan. Let the burgers cook for about 1 minute on each side, flipping them so that they cook on both sides.

  • Then do the same thing with the remaining burger mixture, keeping the cooked burgers warm while you cook the rest.

Top Tip

The apple purée might sound a weird ingredient, but don’t leave it out, it really helps stick the burgers together and it adds a delicious flavour!

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