Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers
Mushroom & Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

Back when I was working in an office, we had a recurring staff meeting that was a bit like show-and-tell for adults. We’d go around the circle all showing off something that inspired us in hopes that it might inspire our colleagues in a similar manner. I worked in a creative job, and it was always a struggle because we were constantly trying to harness inspiration and use it for business. It’s taxing trying to be creative in a business world. And so we didn’t get totally burnt out (although, I eventually did—hence why I no longer work there), we did just about anything we could do to keep the inspiration flowing. Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

Sometimes people ask me where I come up with the ideas for my recipes (I have 300+ on the pages of this blog, and an additional 200+ in my two cookbooks), and I’d be lying if I said it’s always easy. Sometimes it is. But more often than not, being inspired takes work. You have to prime yourself for inspiration—really be willing to accept it. And you have to go out and seek it. A lot times, we have this image of “waiting for inspiration to strike,” but I’m a big believer that inspiration doesn’t just strike, you have to work for it.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

So that’s why I try to absorb as much food-related content as possible when I’m trying to come up with my recipes. I subscribe to more food magazines than I care to divulge. I read tons of blogs. I spend a good chunk of time each day on Pinterest. I study menus at my favorite restaurants. This makes it sound like that my inspiration is actual thieving of ideas—but it’s different from that. When we were brainstorming at my previous job, we had a no negativity rule—you weren’t allowed to shoot down any idea. Because that idea could birth another idea which could birth another idea which could birth another idea that was the idea you went with. And if you nixed the first one, you might never get down that path. I apply that same logic to food. I see something that appeals to me, and I let it swirl around until it turns into something all mine (and oftentimes completely unrecognizable from the original).

Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

One of the places I’ve been getting inspiration from lately is from Yahoo! Food. Yahoo! has put together a bunch of really fun online magazines that center around one topic. Go figure, my favorite of the bunch is the one that is packed with drool-worthy food! The content comes from all around the internet—bloggers, print magazines, cookbook authors—and is curated all into one place for easy reading. I like to flip through it while I’m trapped under a sleeping baby (thankfully the site is easy to navigate one-handed on my phone).

When I was flipping through Yahoo! Food last week, I was inspired by this recipe for Black Bean and Edamame Burgers. I’m always looking for more ways to bring vegetarian eats into our dinner plans, and these black bean burgers were just the spark of inspiration I needed. One problem—I’m currently not eating soy. That meant it was time to take the rough idea of the burgers, and create something all my own!

Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

These black bean burgers are delicious, meaty, and hearty, but they are not, in any way, shape, or form, fast. They are tasty enough to be worthy of your time, but I wouldn’t put these on your menu for a Tuesday night. What I would do is devote a few hours on the weekend and make a double batch to freeze. These freeze beautifully after cooking, and make a great office-friendly lunch after a minute in the microwave.

May you find inspiration all around you! Enjoy.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers

Yield: 10 burgers
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

You'll never miss the meat in these hearty vegetarian Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped portabella mushrooms
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 4 cups black beans (about 2-14.5 ounce cans), divided
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add in the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until tender and fragrant, about five minutes. Add in the mushrooms and cook until they release almost all of their water, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In the basin of a food processor, combine the wild rice and three cups of the black beans. Pulse until it resembles a chunky paste. In a large bowl, mix together the mushroom mixture, the rice mixture, the remaining black beans, and all remaining ingredients until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  4. Form the chilled mixtured into 10 even patties. Place on the prepared baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway in between, or until the outsides are just barely golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 burger patty
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Adapted from Yahoo! Food/The Kitchn

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  1. I made this burger for dinner and it was so yummy. I made the sriracha mayo and added garlic for more of a kick. I will be making these again as part of my meal prep.

  2. These look yummy but they are listed as vegan and gluten free and then they call for breadcrumbs and eggs 🙁

    1. I’m not seeing where they are listed as vegan or gluten-free? Could you point me to where you’re referring?