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These Zesty Brown Rice Black Bean Vegan Sliders with Basil Aioli are the perfect party appetizer. Topped off with an avocado & tomato salsa | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #vegan #sliders

Zesty Brown Rice Black Bean Vegan Sliders with Basil Aioli

These Zesty Brown Rice Black Bean Vegan Sliders with Basil Aioli are the perfect party appetizer. Topped off with an avocado & tomato salsa. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
freeze time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 sliders

Ingredients

FOR THE POTATOES

  • 1 russet potato chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

FOR THE PATTIES

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 red onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

FOR THE BASIL AIOLI*

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 10 large basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA

  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1 plum tomato chopped
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • salt & pepper to taste

FOR THE SLIDERS

  • 10 slider buns**
  • non-stick spray
  • spinach or other greens

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Add all of the potato ingredients to the baking sheet and toss to coat evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.

  3. Add the cooled potatoes and the rest of the patty ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until combined - there should still be some chunks. 

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using about 1/4 cup of patty mixture for each slider, form 10 patties and place them on the baking sheet. Place them in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.***

  5. While the patties are freezing, prepare the basil aioli. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend, scraping down the sides, until fully combined. Taste and adjust salt & pepper as needed. Set aside until ready to use.

  6. Prepare the avocado salsa by combining the ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt & pepper as needed. 

  7. When you are ready to eat, heat a pan on the stove over medium heat.**** Add non-stick spray and add the patties to the pan. Cook until browned on both side (approx. 3-5 minutes per side). 

  8. To assemble, layer basil aioli and spinach on the bottom of each bun. Top with a patty, avocado salsa and the top of the bun. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*This will make more aioli than you need - it can be stored in the fridge for 3 days. 

**I got my slider buns at Trader Joe's. 

***If you are making these ahead of time, allow the patties to freeze completely and then transfer to a freezer-safe container. No need to thaw the patties before cooking them. 

****You can cook these the same way over an outdoor grill. If baking, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.