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Southern Spicy Black Bean Burger

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers are topped with homemade pimento cheese in this grilling recipe with a twist!

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Hi friends!

I’ve been some form of vegetarian for a long long time.  I actually stopped eating most meat in early High School and it just kind of stuck.  I technically consider myself a pescatarian now, because I do eat fish and seafood.

But for most meals during the week, I depend on a good ole plant based diet.

As you guys know I’m all about making my own meals from scratch, but sometimes we all get busy and need something quick and delicious.

For years and years I have always kept these MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers in the freezer.

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They taste delicious.  I break them up in wraps, over salads and even grill them along side the hubs burger.  Sometimes the hubs will even skip the red meat to eat them.  To be honest with you, I’ll even break them out as a veggie cuisine choice when I’m having a quick and casual get together.

They are super easy to pick up at Target in the freezer isle.  And while I’m there I can shop for the other party food.

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You can actually see the whole pieces of black beans and corn in them, which I love.

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My trick when serving MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers to guests is adding my own homemade flare.

Yup!  I’m totally going semi-homemade here.

The small addition of homemade pimento cheese turns these babies into a total southern talking piece.  And because I’m whipping this part up from scratch I control the ingredients using 2% cheese and Greek yogurt instead of tons of mayo.

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While I am spending the two minutes to stir up the pimento cheese, the hubs take the burgers to the grill.

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He always follows the package instructions and is careful to not cook them too long.  You want them to stay moist.  He covers the burgers in a layer of pimento cheese about thirty seconds before they are done.  It melts fast!

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I stack them up high with lettuce, fresh summer tomato and of course my own gooey, melt-y homemade pimento cheese.

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The finished product is something my guests rave about.

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And I can be confident that vegetarian or not, everyone will enjoy this treat.

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Southern Spicy Black Bean Burger

Julie Wunder
Add homemade pimento cheese to a MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger for a semi-homemade treat!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Grill, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4 burgers


For Pimento Cheese

  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, use 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, use 0%
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, light based mayonnaise
  • 4 ounce jar chopped pimentos, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

For the buger

  • 4 MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 pieces lettuce or equivalent spinach leaves
  • 1 large tomato, cut in 4 slices


  • Heat grill to medium.
  • In a medium size bowl, stir together all ingredients for the homemade pimento cheese.
  • Follow instructions on the box to cook the MorningStar Spicy Black Bean Burgers, adding the homemade pimento cheese in the last minute of cooking. You want it to just slightly start to melt. Do not overcook!
  • Assemble burger with lettuce, tomato and burger!
  • Serve immediately!


You can mix together the homemade pimento cheese the night before! It actually gets better if it sits in the fridge for a night.

For the highest nutritional value, use whole grain buns and dark green lettuce or spinach!
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By | 2018-06-28T14:23:34-04:00 July 28th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Grilling, Vegetarian Meals|30 Comments


  1. Miz Helen August 5, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I love a good veggie burger and what a great topper, pimemto cheese, yes! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon.
    Miz Helen

  2. Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs August 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I used Morningstar Farms Spicy Indian burgers for my recipe today (the one on Tina’s blog). So good.

    • JulieWunder August 5, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      I saw that! They are really yummy and your recipe looks super good too! Thanks for co-hosting meatless Monday this week.

  3. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 29, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I always love morningstar’s black bean burger, but you just took it to a whole new level with that pimento cheese!

  4. Jess @hellotofit July 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Love your use of Greek yogurt plus a little mayo for the Pimento cheese 🙂 looks perfect for a lunch or dinner meal!!

    • JulieWunder August 1, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Jess! It’s the perfect way to healthify pimento cheese!

  5. Akaleistar July 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    That looks like a delicious burger!

  6. Alecz July 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I love cheese, so I’m totally into this burger haha.

  7. Tina muir July 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    YUUUMMM Julie! I need to make more veggie burgers like this! They sound delicious!

  8. [email protected] July 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Love those burgers! They are also equally as delicious with a slice of pepper jack cheese on top.

  9. That cheese spread sounds yum! I’m all about semi-homemade!

    • JulieWunder July 28, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Me too! It’s all I have time to pull off sometimes!

  10. Jamie July 28, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Loving this recipe. I’ve never tried morning star, but Dr. Praegers has some cool twists on veggie burgers… primarily made of kale or spinach.. which I think it great, especially to limit the carb intake if eating late at night before bed.

  11. Ivanna July 28, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I’ve tried these burgers and they are so good. I actually went back and purchased a couple of boxes after a friend let me try them. Great spin you put on them, thanks for sharing!

  12. Annmarie July 28, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Love spicy black bean burgers! They are usually my go to veggie burger when I want one 🙂

  13. Farrah July 28, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Andddd…there you go, making me supersuper hungry! 😛 I haven’t tried Morningstar products before, but this looks delicious! <3 I definitely opt for semi-homemade when I'm feeling lazy or am just too hungry to make something from scratch. And…now I need to go make some breakfast, haha. 😡

    • JulieWunder July 28, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

      They are really tasty and easy! If you don’t want to grill, you can just microwave them for 1 minutes. Comes out yummy every time!

  14. I have been eating Morningstar products for years and the black bean burgers are always in my freezer. I’ve never made pimento cheese-creative!

  15. Jessie July 28, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Semi-homemade are my jam! I love when you can dress up the main star of the meal to take it to next level. This recipe sounds delicious!

  16. Blane Sherer July 28, 2015 at 5:09 am - Reply

    I appreciate the way you share how you and the hubs work together about meat vs no meat ( other than seafood ). Once again you provide an excellent role model for others to follow ( even if you didn’t mean to do it ).

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