Jamaican Burgers – WOW Not What You Think

As a vegetarian the past three and one – half years, I’m astutely aware of flavors now that I wasn’t before.  I have special recipes handed down to me, researched online and in vegetarian cookbooks I’ve been given and magazines cut up to show the delectable sights that also stimulate our senses. 

All this brings me to a favorite to please people recipe I received a couple of years ago.  People always ask about it and I’m pleased to share it with you.  It is completely vegetarian, both my vegetarian friends and my die-hard male and female friends absolutely LOVE these Jamaican Burgers.  They’re spicy and yet you “kick up the heat” a bit more by adding an additional habanero.  They’re a real crowd pleaser.  Try them yourself and let me know your experience. 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 habanero pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/4 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • 2 eggs



  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic; cook and stir for a few minutes.  Mix in the habanero pepper and continue cooking until tender.  Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.  Pour in the beans, rice, beaten eggs and bread crumbs. Season with ginger, salt, allspice and nutmeg.  Mix thoroughly using your hands.  Form into 6 large patties. 
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (you can use the same one). Fry the patties until golden on each side, about 10 minutes total.  Serve on buns with your favorite toppings. 

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