As the temperature gage rises, grilling season begins! With 4th of July and summer BBQ season on the horizon, it is time to dust off your grills and get ready from some fire tinged meals. There are plenty of vegan options on the market for cookouts including soy hot dogs, veggie burgers, and even grilled veggies. But if you want a homemade treat to grill all season, check out our new recipe: Spicy Black Bean Burgers. These are easy and quick to prepare and can be cooked in a pan or grill.  Curious about other vegan BBQ options? Check out our older post on Vegan BBQ Tips. Happy Grilling!

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Prep Time: 20 Minutes    Grill Time: 5-10 Minutes    Makes About 6 Burgers

1 can of Organic Black Beans, drained
1 Cup Vegan Organic Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Cooked Organic Rice (wild or white)
1/4 Cup Organic Onion
1/4 Cup Organic Green Bell Pepper
1 Tbs Organic Olive Oil
2 Cloves Organic Garlic
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Organic Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbs Organic Crushed Cilantro (optional)

Fire up your grill! Cook 1/4 cup of rice the usual way. Finely chop the onions, bell pepper, and garlic. On the stove, use 1 Tbs of Olive Oil in a frying pan and saute the onions, bell pepper, and garlic just to soften them up. Be careful not to  over cook the garlic. In a food processor, mixing bowl (with electric mixer) or blender, add the black beans, cooked rice, bread crumbs, sautéed veggies, and spices. Pulse the mixture until it is chopped. Form the mixture into patties and either grill or cook in a frying pan with olive oil. Serve with vegan buns and all the fixings such as fresh onion, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, salsa, guacamole, pickles or vegan cheese.

The August heat waves are now sweeping the country and although we normally post recipes for vegan food dishes, we thought we’d mix it up with something a bit more refreshing. What better way to beat the summer heat than with Sangria! Not only is it refreshing, it makes a great item to bring to parties and cookouts or to enjoy on your back porch. This recipe only takes a few moments to make, so get out of that sun and RELAX!

Peach-Raspberry Sangria

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

  • 2 (750 ml) bottles of organic and vegan Riesling wine
  • 1 cup Peach Schnapps or Peach Liquor 
  • 1/2 cup of Lemonade
  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 sliced lemon
First slice up the peaches, orange, and lemon into slices. Next pour the liquid ingredients into a large pitcher. Add all of the fruit and mix thoroughly. Place in the fridge for at least an hour to let it cool or serve over ice. If raspberries are not in season, Granny Smith apples also work well! 
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