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Here’s a meatless meal that won’t leave you yearning for a pork chop. Black bean burgers are flavorful and protein packed and when paired with a filling barley salad chock full of vegetables and nuts this vegetarian dinner will please even the meat-eaters at your table.

Black Bean Veggie Burger with Spinach and Barley Lime Salad

Start to finish: 10 minutes
Hands on time: 10 minutes

4 Black Bean Veggie Burgers from the specialty meat case
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb Baby Spinach and Barley Lime Salad from the prepared salad case
6 oz Fresh Bruschetta Topping from the prepared salad case
1 lime, quartered, optional

Salt and pepper the burgers.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the burgers and brown them for 2 minutes on the first side, then 2 minutes on the second side. Transfer the burgers to a plate.

Add the onion to the pan and sauté it for about 2 minutes or until it’s soft. Add the spinach and barley salad and toss to wilt the spinach and heat it, about 2 minutes. Return the burgers to the pan and top them with the bruschetta topping. Cover, lower the heat and cook for another 2 minutes to make everything really hot.

Transfer the burgers and vegetables to heated plates. Squeeze with lime if desired.

Serves 4

Download Recipe PDF  |  Recipe courtesy of Carla Snyder

Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sinkful of dishes. Look for Carla on Facebook, Twitter (carlacooks), Pinterest and at where she blogs about everything from cooking for two to easy weekend entertaining for a crowd.

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78. Mary
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:00 PM
This is not a recipe. It is an advertisement for prepared foods. There's nothing wrong with advertising but please be honest.
79. Gerry
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:43 PM
Yes, I agree with Mary above. I was interested in the RECIPE but then saw it was prepared.
80. Mary
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:57 PM
I stopped at the Som Center Heinens to purchase a few of the
black bean burgers. None to be found. Ended up with frozen
burgers for lunch. Coordination between advertisement and stores a necessity.
82. Allison Yanik
Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:54 PM
Hi Mary, I’m sorry that the black bean burgers were not available. Each store chooses which burgers to make, so all varieties may not be available at all times. However, the burgers can be made to order with a day’s notice.
Please send your contact information to, and we can arrange for some of the burgers to be ready for you the next time you’re in the store.
89. Lee Haas
Friday, March 14, 2014 12:49 PM
Ditto what Mary said. I didn't know you sold black bean burgers, so I'll see if you have them at the Shaker Towne Center store. But I don't want to start buying all sorts of other prepared foods, so I'll get online and look for some creative ways to serve them.

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