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If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of the same old black bean burger. Here’s a great alternative, made with flavorful, earthy black-eyed peas.

Recipe from The Forks Over Knives Plan.


  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped

  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 whole-grain sandwich buns, for serving (optional)
  • Lettuce leaves, for serving (optional)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced, for serving (optional)
  • Mustard and ketchup, for serving (optional)


  1. Place the cornmeal on a shallow plate and set aside. Have a nonstick baking sheet ready or line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the black-eyed peas in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, smash the beans, leaving some of them intact for texture. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, arrowroot, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix until well blended; the mixture will be very crumbly.
  3. Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Press each portion into a patty about 4 inches across and dredge in the cornmeal to coat completely. Transfer the patties to the baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Remove the patties from the refrigerator and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn each patty over and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the burgers are lightly browned and hold together well when moved.
  6. If desired, serve on a whole-grain bun and top with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and ketchup.

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Dan2 years ago
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The patties don’t stick together. I have to figure out something to add to the recipe to keep the patties from falling apart. Other than that, they were great!

Nanci1 year ago
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Maybe one flax egg would work.
1 T. ground flax+2 T. water
mix-set aside and add last

Bette O'Steen2 years ago
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Where are the nutrition profiles?

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.

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