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‘Hungry Guy’ Burgers with Baked Steak Fries

Laura Theodore
  • Serves: Makes 6 burgers and 3-4 portions of fries
  • Preparation: 20
  • Cooking: 40
  • Ready: 60

Packed with hearty black beans, spicy salsa and rolled oats, these five-ingredient wonders are filling and super-quick to prepare – perfect with the fries!


For the burgers

  • 1 can (400 g/15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 23 cup plus 2 heaped tablespoons (approx. 230 g) prepared salsa, plus more as needed
  • 3 slices wholegrain bread, torn into chunks
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 23 cup (75 g) rolled oats

For the fries

  • 4 large Russet potatoes, baked and chilled
  • 1 scant tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed


To make the burgers

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas mark 5. Line a large, rimmed baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.

Put the black beans and salsa in a medium-sized bowl and mash using a potato masher or large fork until well combined.

Put the bread chunks and cumin in a blender and process into coarse crumbs.

Add the breadcrumbs to the black bean mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the rolled oats and mix to combine. If the mixture seems dry, stir in another heaped tablespoon of salsa and mix to combine.

Scoop up a generous ½ cup of the black bean mixture and put it on the prepared pan. Form it into a burger, shaping it with clean hands, then flattening it slightly. Continue in this manner to make five more burgers.

Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the burgers and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until golden.

To make the fries

Preheat the oven to 200ºC /400ºF/gas mark 6. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Cut each potato into 10 to 12 thick wedges. Arrange the potato wedges in an even layer on the prepared sheet. Sprinkle with the chilli powder, garlic powder and salt.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until very crispy and golden, turning once. Let cool 5 minutes and season with more salt, to taste.

Additonal notes

Recipe taken from Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease. Reproduced by kind permission of Laura Theodore. Visit Laura on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for daily recipes and tips for serving delicious, plant-based meals.

Image by Annie Oliverio

“My husband always complained that I did not make our veggie burgers BIG enough! So the ‘Hungry Guy’ Burger was born. Packed with hearty black beans, spicy salsa and rolled oats, these five-ingredient wonders are filling and super-quick to prepare. Now everyone’s happy!

The oven-baked Steak Fries are so crispy you will not believe they are actually roasted using no oil! Bonus: A great use for leftover baked spuds.”


Amount per serving, based on 6 servings/burgers:

170 calories
2 g fat
0 g saturated fat
10 g protein
241 mg sodium
30 g total carbohydrate
1 g sugars
8 g fibre

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