National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to think about what we eat and how it affects our body. We had cardiologist Dr. Thomas Boyden from Spectrum Health to talk about the importance of prevention and a healthy lifestyle. Then, registered dietitian, Holly Dykstra is going to show us how we can make heart healthy and delicious recipes at home.

Black Bean Burger Recipe

Yield: 6 burgers

Cuisine: Dinner


  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed & drained (2 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, or oats
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup red onion)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 egg, or 1 flax egg


1. In a large mixing bowl, gently mash the black beans. Add garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cilantro, mix to combine.

2. To the black beans, add peppers, bread crumbs, onion, carrot, and egg. Mix to combine.

3. With your hands, form six patties.

4. In a large greased pan, pan-fry the patties over medium heat. Flip after 5 minutes, and grill or cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side.

5. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Alternatively, serve over a bed of lettuce as a salad.

Thomas Boyden, MD

Cardiologist, Spectrum Health Medical Group

For more information, please contact:

Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology

2902 Bradford Street NE MC 229 (Garden Level)

Grand Rapids MI 49525

Phone: 616.885.5000