Deliciously Ella’s Black Bean Burgers

Makes 8

My favourite post work-out dinner, these really take just ten minutes to throw together and they’re so satisfying! If you have lots of hungry friends coming over, then these are a lovely, easy meal that will keep everyone happy. I love serving them on a bed of sautéd spinach, or with salad, with a big bowl of Sweet Potato Wedges on the side.


  • 2 x 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100g gram flour
  • 3 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Purée
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 12 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • coconut oil, to shallow-fry


  1. 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.
  2. Stir in all the remaining ingredients, except the coconut oil.
  3. Heat a saucepan with a little coconut oil, then place 1 heaped tablespoon 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 a couple of centimetres 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 equally.
  4. Then do the same thing with the remaining burger mixture, keeping the cooked burgers warm while you cook the rest.

Kitchen Know-How – I know the apple purée might sound a weird ingredient, but please don’t leave it out, it really helps stick the burgers together and it adds a delicious flavour!

Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward, published by Yellow Kite. © Ella Woodward 2016.  Photography Clare Winfield.