Cooking in Season | Black Bean Mushroom Burgers

By June 30, 2020May 3rd, 2024Recipes

Did you know that different types of fresh produce have specific times of the year where they are the most tasty and fresh? This is called their growing season, and is when they can be found for the best price at the grocery store. We are now in the summer season, and today’s recipe will be highlighting the ingredients that are in season for summer.


Black Bean Mushroom Burgers
Makes 4 patties


1 tablespoon Worcheshire sauce, optional

½ tsp salt, divided

½ tsp cumin

2 portobello mushrooms, diced

½ onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup bread crumbs

2 eggs, beaten

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Sliced cheese, optional

4 whole wheat burger buns

Lettuce or other favorite greens for topping



  1. In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt, pepper and cumin.  Set mushroom mixture aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a potato masher or fork.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  
  3. Add the mushroom mixture and mix.  If too dry, add a bit more bread crumbs.  If too wet, add more egg.  
  4. Form into 4 patties.  
  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.  Cook the patties 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  During the last minute or so, add sliced cheese if desired.  Serve with avocado yogurt sauce.


Avocado Yogurt Sauce
Makes 1 cup


1 avocado, peel and pit removed

¼-½ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup fresh herbs, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix avocado with lemon juice.  Mash until smooth.  
  2. Add yogurt, herbs and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix until well-combined.


Herb Cucumber Salad
Serves 4-6


4 tablespoons vinegar of choice

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

1 carrot, grated

2 tablespoons minced mixed herbs, such as dill, mint, or basil



  1. Measure vinegar and salt in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Drizzle in olive oil while stirring.
  2. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumber, carrot and herbs.
  3. Toss to coat.

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Thanks Kiera for sharing her dish!

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