Rock-It Burger


Recipe courtesy of Recipes for Healthy Kids

When Michele Obama challenged American schools to create healthy cafeteria recipes for a national competition, many Philadelphians sprang into action. WHYY Friday Arts chronicles the coming together of numerous forces, including chef Daniel McLaughlin, the non-profit AUNI, the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, and the Philly children and teens who participate in AUNI's cooking clubs, to create a delicious and healthy menu that any school would be proud to serve.

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Yield: 6 servings



  • 3 c of cooked black beans (12 oz)
  • 1 c of red bell peppers (4 oz)
  • 1 T of garlic (.1 oz)
  • 1 T of cumin (.1 oz)
  • 1 t of cayenne pepper (.05 oz)
  • 0.5 t of salt (.2 oz)
  • 1 c of whole wheat flour (2.5 oz)
  • 1.75 c of cannellini beans (16 oz)
  • 3 T of chipotle peppers canned (1.5 oz)
  • 1 T of canola oil (.5 oz)
  • 1 T of onion powder (.1 oz)
  • 1.5 c of baby spinach (18 oz)
  • 6 c of whole wheat potato roll (7.2 oz`)
  • 1 c of onion (4 oz)


  1. Patty making: Preheat oven to 350F. Finely chop onions and garlic in a food processor, add black beans until smooth.
  2. Pour bean mixture into a bowl and fold in whole wheat flour, cumin, cayenne, salt and lastly the red peppers.
  3. Separate mixture into 6 (or 50) balls, flatten with the palm and form into 1/2” thick x 4” diameter patties.
  4. Lightly coat 14”x 16” tray (or 4’ x 6’- for 50 servings) with canola oil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F flipping once after 10 minutes.
  6. Making the spread: Finely chop chipotle pepper in blender, add tofu, canola oil, salt and onion powder, blend until smooth.
  7. Place 2T chipotle spread on bun with spinach and the burger.


Tip: If using dry beans, soak overnight (covered and refrigerated), 1 qt cold water for every 1 lb of beans. For quick soak, boil 1-3/4 qt for every 1 lb beans, boil gently until tender for about 2 hours.
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