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Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

Loreto February 16, 2017

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Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders, a wonderful way to enjoy a burger without that feeling of being stuffed and heavy. Hosting wonderful flavors such as the black bean marinade, caramelized onions and beautifully crisp sweet potato spirals, which leaves your taste buds with a roller coaster of sensations!

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders, a delicious charred mini burger, with loads of flavors encased by a wonderful grilled ciabatta bun. What better way to beat the winter blahs than with these beauties.



Black bean anything I was introduced through the wonderful cuisines of Asia. I remember the first time I tasted it, a dish called black bean chicken. The taste somewhat fermented and pungent but unusually pleasant with proteins. I loved the combinations of mushrooms, green pepper, onions, nicely stir fried to preserve their crispness. Well, knowing that flavor and inspired by Jamie Oliver I wanted to make a wonderful slider incorporating what I learned from Jamie in his 15-minute meals show and my experience with black bean. I came up with a dish hosting some Asian flavors and mixing it up a bit culturally.

Memorable inspiration for Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders!

When I think of burgers I am always brought back to my childhood. You have to understand that living in an Italian family back in the late sixties and early seventies did not really integrate Canadian or American cuisine in a big way. It took some time. For us, it was introduced in our Saturday excursions to the farmers’ markets. My parents so missed fresh produce, coming from a land of bountiful harvests and sometimes two per year. Also fresh chicken, and some old ones for soup making. I can still hear my nonna saying old chickens make for a delicious soup, and being that creative mind that I was thought does that mean nonna would make a wonderful soup as I heard her being called old bird, yuckkkk!!!!!!! That ended quickly with a most absurd visual, and back to the present moment. Back to what I wanted to share, so Saturdays were market days and the only market those days was a central downtown market. Close to this market was a plethora of department stores. In those days they always had a diner located in them. Yes a diner, red leather topped stools and banquets, the long counter, pie displays and those nostalgic posters of delicious strawberry or chocolate milk shakes. Not the ones like most places today that uses powdered mixtures, but using fresh milk, ice cream, and fruit, real fruit! I lived for those days and most of the week I would dream of going either to the Hudson’s Bay, or McClouds, or even Woolworths, and ordering finally a cheeseburger deluxe which included crinkle cut fries, and of course a wonderfully thick, creamy delicious milkshake, alternating in between strawberry and chocolate as I was not one to discriminate. I would single-minded eat one fry at a time trying to bite into them in between the crinkles, slowly dipping them into the ketchup mound that I squeezed out of one of those plastic red ketchup bottle dispensers. Using only the right amount of ketchup as not to make the fries soggy and preserving that wonderful super fried potato. Then the burger, biting my way around the outside perimeter as the cheese was coming out the sides. Then working my way in tasting the basic condiments of that time, ketchup and mustard. To me, it was out of this world good. Don’t get me wrong, the food at home was fantastic, well with the exception of liver, belly skin or tripe, and the occasional goat head. But this burger was taboo, my dad called it dirty food, who knows what they put in that food, even the cook smoking could drop ashes into it. That never deterred me it was taboo and if it was dirty food it tasted dam good.

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

Today burgers have come a long way in the forever growing food revolution. Gourmet burger joints sprouting up everywhere, hosting hundreds of condiments and combinations to have your burger. Well, I am going to keep it relatively simple. A mixture of some Asian spices like black bean sauce, with typical beef seasoning for a marinade that will flavor the good quality organic beef, ours bought at Blush Lane Organic Market produced by Sunworks Farms for the day. I love preparing my meats in the morning, so it has all day to get to know each other. I love when I get back home and peel the plastic from the bowl, this aroma lifts into the air with such ferocity that it starts your stomach growling and an impatience to get grilling right away.

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

Thinking of the flavors of this slider, caramelized onions came to mind, that sweetness and silkiness would be a great compliment. I wanted to add something crisp and we had sweet potato in the fridge. I had received a spiralizer for a gift from my daughter and only used it once and Nicoletta was excited to see it in motion. So thoughts, a nice spiraled sweet potato, seasoned with some olive oil and spices and crisped up in the oven. You could deep fry them, but I was trying to keep some health in the mix.

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

Those lovely morsels of beefy goodness I shaped into an oval to fit the tiny ciabatta buns, the Italian element of the dish. Grilled on a nice hot barbecue to bring out all those flavors and to remind us of those warm sunny days. At the end, I added the second Italian ingredient, a nice Asiago cheese, shredded and placed on the slider at the end so it melts slowly with the heat coming off the beef.

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

The sauce for these beauties, a combination of Asian flavors such as peanut sauce, sesame oil, and combining a little of my Italian in the mix with some sweet balsamic cream giving you a rich in taste and creamy texture condiment. Assembling these sliders starts with sauce spread nicely on each ciabatta. Then on goes some crisp fresh arugula followed by that wonderful juicy slider, then to be topped with caramelized onion,  crispy sweet potato, and sandwiched with the top ciabatta.

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

These sliders are just so scrumptious The ciabatta bun with that rustic crust and slight smoky char. The arugula adding a fresh tender pepper flavor to the mix. Then the beef slider, and all those spices, the black bean pungent and fermented adding some acidity, the peanut sauce with the nutty element, sriracha kicking in some spice and that oh so juicy beef cooked perfectly with the caramelized juices crusting the outside, sealing those juices and marinade inside. The sweetness floats in like a blanket soothing this puppy with its natural sugars slowly released while cooking, only to be awakened by the crispiness and starchy sweet of the spiraled sweet potato. This is an explosion of flavor and texture all in a small package, some say good things come in small packages, and I would have to agree after chomping down on these Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders!

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Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

Black Bean Beef Burger Sliders

  • Prep Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 sliders 1x



  • 500 g lean organic ground beef
  • 1 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp blueberry juice
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 yellow onion chopped into strands
  • 1 tbsp good organic olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of grated Asiago cheese

Sweet potato:

  • 1 medium sweet potato spiral cut
  • 2 tbsp good organic olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp water


  • 1 tbsp peanut sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic creme
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • Pinch of brown sugar


  • 8 small ciabatta buns cut in half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 cup fresh washed Arugula



  1. In a bowl mix black bean sauce, peanut sauce, sriracha, sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, onion powder, blueberry juice, salt, pepper.
  2. Whisk well!
  3. In another bowl put in the ground beef and separate it a bit.
  4. Pour in marinade mixture and with hands mix into ground beef well.
  5. Cover and put into fridge for 8 hours.

Caramelized onions:

  1. In a saute pan heat olive oil and butter.
  2. Toss in onions.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar.
  4. Stir frequently and keep heat low.
  5. Add in water and let simmer slowly until onions are golden and soft. about 10 15 minutes.


  1. In a bowl whisk peanut sauce, balsamic cream, mustard, sesame oil, mayo, brown sugar.
  2. Blend until well incorporated and creamy.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge.

Sweet potato:

  1. Pre- heat oven to 400 F
  2. In a bowl toss the spiraled sweet potato with the olive oil, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread sparsely on a parchment lined baking sheet, and put in the oven.
  4. Bake till crispy about 15 minutes.


  1. Take marinated ground beef out of fridge.
  2. Form ground beef into rectangular ovals about the size of your interior palm, or as big as the ciabatta bun.
  3. Heat up BBQ to around 400 F
  4. Place sliders on grill and cook for about 2 minutes, then turn 180 degrees and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Flip the sliders over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Turning one more time 180 degrees and let grill for an additional minute or so, tthis is when you want to sprinkle some of that Asiago cheese on each slider.
  7. In the final minutes take ciabatta and brush with olive oil
  8. Place on grill and cook till char marks appear.
  9. Take ciabatta and sliders off grill.


  1. Take sauce out of the fridge
  2. Spread a good spoonful of the sauce on both the bottom and top bun
  3. Lay some arugula on the bottom ciabatta.
  4. Place a slider on the bottom ciabatta.
  5. Put a nice portion of the caramelized onion on top.
  6. Add some of the crispy sweet potato on top of the onion.
  7. Top with ciabatta.
  8. Ready to serve.
  9. Enjoy!


The prep time includes the marination time for the ground beef. What I usually do is prepare them in the morning before work and let them marinate all day so when I come back from work they are ready to form.

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    Reply kravingsfoodadventures February 17, 2017 at 9:38 am

    mmmmmm sliders … I can taste summer already!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you, me too can almost feel it. Denial is a wonderful thing. Waite a minute it is not denial, it is creativity at it’s best, that is how I am going to look at it. Summer is one of my favorite seasons and when you start smelling all those grills going, you know it is coming!.
      Happy almost summer to you!

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    Reply Jen February 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

    these look awesome!! Love that you tossed in some blueberry juice like it was no big deal! I think the burgers literally contain all 5 of my husband’s favourite things! I’ll be giving these a try for sure! 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Jen
      You made me smile, sometimes people give you funny looks when you add in a strange ingredient, like blueberry juice in a burger. I trust my intuition and live outside the box most times and really love that footloose and fancy free part of me. Makes me feel like I am alive. I am excited that your husband has five of the ingredients that he loves in this recipe. I am really looking forward to maybe hearing from you how they turned out!
      A great weekend to you and your husband.

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    Reply The Finer Cookie/Kim February 17, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hhmmm. These look great. When I saw Black Bean Burgers, I thought they’d be veggie burgers made with black beans. I used to make them all the time. But I’m pleasantly surprised. Tonight is pizza night, but maybe tomorrow. I’m printing this recipe. My husband will really enjoy it. Thanks so much!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Kim. I love the vegetarian versions also with the black bean. Such a great earthy protein and so versatile. It took these sliders from good to spectacular. Letting them all mingle all day long just elevated the flavors to new heights, and the combinations of toppings took it out of this world! I think your husband is going to love these!
      It’s grilling time, so enjoy!

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    Reply Markus Mueller February 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, these look fantastic! Making me wish we didn’t just get 25cm of snow here in PEI and that summer was already here! I like that the marinade is different from the “standard” beef burger mixes and adds an Asian twist to a standard American food.. A new flavour combination for me to try, Thanks for the recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Hey Markus, thank you so much. These were so delicious. Sad about the snow in PEI but I heard the summers are spectacular. One day will visit so I can experience it first had along with all that ocean goodness. It’s nice to elaborate on an already good thing like the American burger, and they say why change what already works. Well I say why not if it can be better, lol. Would love to hear how you made out with these sliders.
      Happy Saturday to you!

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    Reply thefoodblognet February 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    These look so wonderful and what a fantastic use of the spiralizer. I love everything about these, the Asian inspired flavours, the caramelized onions, and then the ciabatta buns and Asiago. You have taken the boring out of burger. I also loved your nostalgic story. The small town that I grew up in had no fast food restaurants (still doesn’t) but did have a Woolworth’s with the red swivel stools, and those fantastic milkshakes and burgers. Thank you for sharing.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      You are so welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read the post and enjoy the recipe. It brought a smile to my face hearing that your small town had a Woolworth’s with the same stools. The world is not so big after all. As for the slider pure unadulterated passion and inspiration, with a mix of culture and experience. So glad you liked them.
      Happy weekend to you!

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    Reply Dina February 18, 2017 at 12:20 am

    What a delightful blog you have! We love the way you present yourselves with a heartfelt narrative and stunning photography. We’re your new followers! 🙂
    Best regards from Norway,
    Dina x

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Dina, we are so thrilled to have you following. Thank you so much for your kind words, they have definitely touched our hearts and souls, and made us feel like we are going in the right direction. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories and recipes.
      Have a most wonderful weekend, and Hi Norway!

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    Reply loveofitaliancooking February 23, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Hi Loreto! I still remember those diners in the late 70’s. Once in a while, my parents would take my brother and I to Woolworth. My mom and nonna mostly cooked Italian food, but once in a while, we would fried chicken and turkey for the Canadian Thanksgiving. Your burgers sound so interesting! Mixing Italian and Asian flavours is something I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Hi Rosa, it’s wonderful to hear similar childhood stories, for me it makes the world come together in a great way, like our common Woolworth memory. If you give these a try, you will see how well Asian and Italian flavors come together. I in no way want to offend anyone. I respect culinary traditions and culture, and would not name this Italian or Asian. Let’s just call it Fusion cuisine. What better way to spread the love than with something like this. One thing I know for sure is food brings people together. Have a most blessed weekend, and thank you so much for taking the time to read and experience our blog.

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    Reply Jason May 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Love me some sliders. These look amazing. Thanks for posting.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Hey Jason it was our pleasure and we were so pleased with these sliders, the flavors spot on. Happy cooking!

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