MorningStar Farms Giveaway + Recipe

I have a couple of fun things to share with you guys today thanks to MorningStar Farms: A delicious recipe and a great giveaway! Not a bad way to kick off the day, right!?

Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burger

If you’ve been a PBF reader from the beginning (thank you!), you know I’ve been a fan of MorningStar Farms veggie burgers for years.

My three favorite flavors:

  • Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers
  • Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers
  • Asian Veggie Patties

Back when I worked in an office environment, my coworkers would always poke fun at my “pizza burger” afternoon snack because I’d heat up a Tomato & Basil Pizza Burger in the break room several times a week and it always made the break room smell like the pizza delivery guy just stopped by! I gravitated toward the pizza burger because it was super simple to heat up at work, packed a protein punch and tasted delicious all by itself. A triple threat!

Lately I’ve been gravitating toward the Asian Veggie Patties and the Spicy Black Bean Burgers. Both are incredibly flavorful and I love the way they amp up the flavor of a big, veggie-packed lunchtime salad.

Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger Black Bean Burger Salad

(A super simple spinach salad made with crumbled Spicy Black Bean Burgers, carrots, red onion, cucumber, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper!)

In addition to using the veggie burgers in salads, they’re also fabulous in quesadillas, wraps and homemade flatbread pizzas. They’re a great freezer staple in our house!

A couple of weeks ago, Ryan and I were in charge of dinner at my father-in-law’s house on Memorial Day. We wanted to keep things simple since our lunch included a super-filling Memorial Day barbeque and decided to follow an easy recipe I found on the MorningStar Farms website.

Black Bean Burgers

If you’re looking for a ridiculously simple recipe that makes the already tasty Spicy Black Bean Burgers taste a little more special, I highly recommend giving this recipe for Cumin Crusted Black Bean Burgers with Avocado Relish a go!

Cumin Crusted Black Bean Burgers with Avocado Relish

Cumin Crusted Black Bean Burgers with Avocado Relish

Serves One


  • 2 tablespoons seeded, peeled, and finely chopped avocado
  • 2 tablespoons seeded and finely chopped tomato
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (divided)
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper (I used fresh red bell pepper)
  • 1 Morningstar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 hamburger bun, split (about 1 1/2 oz.)


1. In small bowl toss together avocado, tomato, onion, 1/2 teaspoon of the lime juice and red pepper. Set aside.
2. Brush MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger on both sides with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lime juice. Rub cumin onto both sides of burger. Cook according to package directions.
3. Top bun bottom with burger, avocado mixture and bun top.

Black Bean Burgers with Simple Avocado Relish

While Ryan prepped the burgers in cumin, I made a much larger portion of the avocado salsa so we could easily use it again on salads for lunch with crumbled black bean burgers the next day. Both options were great!

And now it’s giveaway time!

BlogHer is offering a $100 Visa gift card to one PBF reader so you can go get yourself some yummy veggie burgers! To enter this giveaway, simply comment below telling me about which of the following new MorningStar Farms products you most want to try:

  • Spicy Black Bean Burger <— My favorite!
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Burger
  • Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger
  • Buffalo Chik Patty
  • Original Veggie Sausage

Good luck!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 6/6-6/30/2014.

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  1. Gretchen W says

    I am already hopelessly addicted to their Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers, but I am dying to try their Spicy Black Bean Burger! Yum!


  2. Marnay says

    The Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger sounds delicious, and I know my fiancé would love to try the Buffalo Chik Patty!


  3. Rachael says

    They honestly all sound like ones I want to try! The sausage one would be nice for breakfast and the buffalo one would be nice since buffalo chicken is the one thing I miss since becoming vegetarian. I have to say that I would most want to try the spicy black bean burger!


  4. Susie says

    I love the black bean burger, but would like to try out the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger. Anything with garlic has my name on it!


  5. Jessica says

    I am (and always have been) a fan of the spicy black been burgers! Ever since my dorm days as a wee college freshman!


  6. Paige says

    I didn’t know that they made “chicken” burgers! I would definitely try the buffalo kind! I’ve been enjoying the spicy black bean flavor already for a while.


  7. Megan says

    LOVVVVE the spicy black bean burgers!! I’ve made homemade ones that are good too , but these are so much more convenient 🙂


  8. Katherine McIlwain says

    The Mediterranean Chickpea Burger is my spirit burger. I find ways to incorporate them into pretty much every meal… And a $100 gift card would buy a heck of a lot of ’em.


  9. Rebecca says

    I’m a vegetarian and love veggie burgers… when they’re made of veggies, not weird veggie protein. Unfortunately I don’t care for Morningstar Farms due to the use of weird ingredients like hydrolyzed vegetable protein and hydrated wheat gluten. I also think it gives them a weird texture and flavor. Fortunately there are a lot of restaurants that make their own homemade veggie burgers with natural ingredients like beans, rice, grains, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, which are delicious! If you want to try a good veggie burger without the junk, try Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala burger, or at Houston’s Restaurant (which I think you’ve mentioned before on your blog), they have an outstanding homemade veggie burger made of beans, rice, veggies and beets.


  10. Taylee says

    I definitely want to try the roasted garlic and quinoa burger! Sounds like such a good summer dinner with some corn on the cob 🙂


  11. Lindsey says

    Mmmm I would love to try the Buffalo Chik Patty!

    I had no idea any of these flavors existed! I’ve been eating the plain Morningstar Chicken Patties & Burgers for years! Excited for when I go to the grocery store this weekend to be on the lookout for the yummy flavors! Thanks for sharing!


  12. Julie says

    I already love the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger so I would want to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa burger! Sounds yummy!


  13. Jen says

    The Mediterranean chickpea has been our go to for about a year now: love finding the whole chickpeas in it! We also love the spicy black bean. Really looking forward to trying the garlic quinoa burger!


  14. says

    I would love to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger when I do veggie week! I love their corn dogs and mini’s, they make my smile and taste delicious!


  15. says

    This is PERFECT timing. The other day my husband and I were discussing how we each wanted to try a black bean burger, so I picked up the Morning Star ones and will be making them within the next couple days. I’m so glad that you like them abd I’m glad to know a couple different ways to use them 🙂 Thanks!


  16. leiah says

    I love the spicy black bean burgers! I used to eat them all the time for lunches at work. I think I need to add them on my grocery list for next week!


  17. Amanda says

    •Spicy Black Bean Burger
    •Mediterranean Chickpea Burger
    •Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger

    Would love to bring these to our annual family 4th of July camping trip!

    Also, I’m so excited for your new adventure in Charlotte!


  18. says

    I also LOVE the black bean burgers (my carnivorous fiancé is also a HUGE fan). My favorite Morningstar product would have to be the sausage patties, I just love having a healthy sausage breakfast sandwich some mornings or put it in scrambles 🙂


  19. Veronica says

    Last year at the Taste of Chicago, my Mom and I had delicious black bean burger, and we just haven’t found one as delicious. I hope this Black Bean Burger recipe will win my taste buds over!!!


  20. Emily T. says

    Wow this is a toss up between the buff chick patty and the Mediterranean chickpea burger – both sound phenomenal! I wonder if the chickpea burger is similar to falafel? The pizza burgers have been a longtime favorite of mine too!


  21. Haley says

    These aren’t all new… I’ve been eating the chickpea and spicy black bean burgers for a long time! Haven’t seen or tried the garlic quinoa though, that sounds great!


  22. Kristen R says

    I love the spicy black bean burgers! All of the new varieties sound good, especially the Buffalo Chik Patty!


  23. Anna B says

    I love Mediterranean themed cuisine so I would definitely have to go for the Mediterranean chickpea burger, but I would probably also have to get some spicy black bean burgers because those sound great too!


  24. Kelley says

    I couldn’t tell you how many boxes of the black bean burgers I have purchased! They are my favorite. I have never tried the other ones but they look yummy!


  25. rebecca bullock says

    I have tried (and loved) almost all of their products, but I have never heard of or seen the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa burger so that is now on my must try list.


  26. says

    I would love to try the garlic quinoa burger! I’ve been trying to incorporate healthy grains into my daily diet and this would be such a simple, tasty way to do so!


  27. Lori says

    NO CONTEST! As a vegetarian I am always looking for new flavors of veggies burgers and when I found the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger I was in heaven!

    They were on sale a couple of weeks ago and I stocked up with 4 packages! YUMMYYYYYYYY!


  28. says

    I would love to try the buffalo chik patty! Buffalo chicken is such a staple in my house, and I think the buffalo chik patty would be so great on its own or chopped up in a salad or tacos!


  29. Donna says

    OMG, I have an OB-SESSION with quinoa lately (and isn’t everyone obsessed with garlic?)!! I would love to try the garlic and quinoa burgers!


  30. Vicki says

    I definitely want to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger – I am such a sucker for mediterranean flavors. I’d also like to give the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger a try.


  31. Lindsey says

    I definitely want to try the Buffalo Chik Patty! I love anything buffalo. I would also love to try the sausage since I am always craving sausage!


  32. Cheyrl says

    I am so inlove with Quinoa right now, so I would stock up on the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger
    along with the black bean burgers!!!


  33. Amanda L says

    I looove the black bean burgers with a little hummus, tomato, and avocado. Except the giant box I get at Costco is called Chipotle Black Bean Burgers, I’m guessing they’re the same? The mediterranean chickpea burgers sound fantastic, too! I love chickpeas and mediterranean is my favorite flavor profile, so they sound right up my alley!


  34. Tami D says

    Can’t wait to try the quinoa burger! Also excited the buffalo chick is now in a patty, i can quit stacking up the nuggets on a bun! 🙂


  35. Jada Bennington says

    The spicy black bean burgers are awesome in a wrap! I get a wrap and some spinach, salsa, and light sour cream and it is fantastic!


  36. Noelle Smith says

    I am a vegetarian so I’m always looking for a good veggie burger. I’m most interested in the roasted garlic and quinoa burger.


  37. says

    I LOVE the spicy black bean one – I just had one yesterday for lunch 🙂
    Their breakfast patties and veggies links are awesome too.

    I’d be most excited to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger. Quinoa is so protein packed!


  38. Salome Donenfeld says

    I would love to try the Buffalo Chik!! This is an awesome alternative to the buffalo chicken burger.



  39. Kristen says

    I would like to try the roasted garlic and quinoa burgers. I’m a new vegan and I believe they’re the only ones from that list that fit the bill, but they sound delicious!


  40. Sarah says

    I would absolutely love to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger. Would be perfect for lunches for work! Delicious and lots of protein.


  41. Laura says

    Although I’m not a vegetarian I LOVE veggies burgers. As a mexican food lover, the spicy black bean burger sounds right up my alley! I would top it with fresh-made guacamole and salsa, yum!!


  42. says

    Wow! That is SOOO generous of BlogHer hosting this GIVEAWAY for a $100 Visa Gift Card to be able to purchase Morningstar’s veggie burgers. I LOVE Morningstar, and I’ve always wished I could buy more (but they tended to be pretty expensive at the store). SO…if I won this giveaway, I’d be so happy! The answer on which is my favorite is the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger (followed closely by the Spicy Black Bean Burger (which is your favorite)!
    I hope I win!
    ~Amy 🙂


  43. says

    I am a HUGE morning start fan!!! I live in Mississippi though where our vegetarian pickin’s are slim! I had NEVER heard of a pizza burger before, but I certainly want to try one now! I also haven’t seen the buffalo chik patty yet, so I definitely want to give that one a try! I may have to stock up some morning star in a cooler when I travel somewhere that sells them because clearly my options are limited now that I see what all is actually available besides my boring basics here!


  44. Holly B says

    I always have a box of veggie burgers at work and I eat one everyday. I rotate, but my favorite is Boca Spicy Chikn. I’d love to try Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger. Sounds delish!


  45. Rosie says

    I would like to try the Original Veggie Sausage! I have been replacing many meat items with veggies – this sounds good – I haven’t had any sausage veggie or otherwise in a long time!


  46. Erica says

    I’ve been a longtime reader (and Morningstar veggie burger lover too!) and am so excited about this giveaway! I use Morningstar veggie burgers (can’t stand other brands) in my lunchtime salads at least 3x a week, and love the garden veggie ones… though you have me intrigued by the Asian variety and the Chickpea one mentioned above!


  47. Caroline says

    I LOVE the black bean burgers! I eat them almost every day! I have never tried the chickpea one and would love to try it!


  48. says

    Since my husband doesn’t eat meat, we always get the MorningStar burgers. He says they’re the only ones that actually taste good and not like cardboard! As a chickpea lover, I’d love to try the mediterranean chickpea burgers! YUM!


  49. Kaitlin G says

    I’d most want to try the roasted garlic and quinoa burgers! I’ve never seen those in stores…. the black beans are a go-to for me, too!


  50. Britney says

    Would love to try the sausage!! The grillers prime we’re a go to of mine when I worked in a traditional office job 🙂


  51. Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss says

    The quinoa roasted garlic ones. I’ve tried pretty much everything else on the list, except the buffalo chicken patty, & my Midwestern tastebuds are picky about spicy stuff.


  52. Kristin H says

    I love MorningStar products – I would love to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger – this one sounds amazing. my second pick would be the blackbean burgers, the Buff chicken. I wouldnt mind to try them all 🙂


  53. Jessica says

    We are a vegan family and have tried many of their products. We would love to try the roasted garlic and quinoa!


  54. Louise says

    I love the pizza burgers as well ! They are so yummy and perfect afternoon snack! I would love to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burgers! Garlic and quinoa… two of my favorite things together.


  55. Carly says

    I love the spicy black bean burgers! I’m pinning that recipe, sounds delish 🙂 I haven’t seen the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger and would love to try it!!


  56. says

    I’ve been eating MorningStar products since I was in high school – they’re awesome! I’d love to give the Spicy Black Bean Burger a try!


  57. Genevieve says

    The black bean burgers are my favorite (I like mine with a fried egg on top), but I’d love to try the Mediterranean chickpea burgers!


  58. Amy M says

    MorningStar products are filled with so many horrible ingredients that are bad for you. There are so many GMO’s and chemicals that they use. I feel bad for anyone that eats any of this. Yuck!


  59. Alana Anderson says

    I would love to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger because I love the taste of Chickpeas in a burger! I would LOVE to win this giveaway!


  60. Megan says

    Spicy Black Bean Burgers for sure! They are always my go to when I don’t have time to prep something else for lunch!


  61. Kayleen says

    My husband and I eat the black bean burgers roughly once a week! We love them! I just purchased the quinoa and chik burgers to try and they are currently in my freezer!


  62. Keri says

    I am currently on a kick with the Buffalo Chick’n patties – I love love love them!

    I’d like to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger — haven’t seen them in the store yet.


  63. Andrea says

    I LOVE the Mediterranean Chickpea burgers but really want to try the Roasted Garlic and Quinoa. I did not even know those babies existed!


  64. Stephanie Russell says

    I’m already a HUGE fan of the spicy black bean burgers, so I’d love to try the buffalo chik patties!


  65. Kathryn says

    spicy black bean all the way! I love them all though, I even tricked my husband with the chicken patties because he was so adverse to trying it and he really thought it was real chicken!


  66. Amy says

    I LOVE Morningstar Farms! I usually gravitate towards their breakfast veggie bacon and sausage, but I would love to try more of their lunch and dinner items. From the list above, I’d like to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger — maybe sprinkled with some feta? Yum!

    Great giveaway per usual, Julie!


  67. Crystal C. says

    I would love to try the Mediterranean Chickpea burger! My husband and I are both vegetarians and buy Morningstar Farms products regularly, but have yet to try those. They sound tasty! Love the veggie sausage…so yummy on an egg sandwich (english muffin or bagel thin, egg, cheese, and veggie sausage). Awesome giveaway! 🙂


  68. Lolly says

    As a vegetarian for more than 20 years, I love all the MSF products and have tried them all, but lately I have been loving the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger! It is scrumptious and has such a unique flavor!!! Love, love, love!


  69. Julie says

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 4 years now and LOVE all Morningstar products. There isn’t one that I haven’t liked. I’ve always loved the chicken patties and buffalo wings so the buffalo patty is a win for me, but honestly, I’m excited about all of them!


  70. Mary Burleson says

    My favorite is the morningstar original chik patties but would love to try their new Buffalo Chik Patty!


  71. Angela says

    I love love love all Morningstar farm products and already love and enjoy the black bean burger and buffalo chickn nuggets, I’d love to try their new quinoa burger!!!!


  72. Andrea says

    The spicy black bean burger is my current favorite, but I would love to try the Mediterranean chickpea burger. Sounds delish!


  73. says

    I’ve actually never had any of the Morning Star products but have always wanted to give them a try. I would love to try the Spicy Black bean burger–sounds like a delicious and nutritious way to get in some protein 🙂


  74. Katie says

    I would give the Spicy Black Bean Burger a try. However, I’d jazz it up a bit with a mango and ginger salsa on it. A little bit of sweet and crisp to offset the spice of the burger.


  75. Kasandra Cooper says

    I eat the chicken griller almost everyday- my store doesn’t offer the buffalo kind, so I would love to try that!


  76. Sally says

    I love all of the Morningstar products. The spicy black bean is a favorite of mine in a big salad. Since I am a vegetarian I rely on their products for my protein source.


  77. SS says

    I love Morningstar burgers and have tried all of the new options listed except for the spicy black bean so that is definitely the one I want to try. My current favorite has been the Mediterranean Chickpea.


  78. Cassie says

    I had one of the spicy black bean burgers for dinner! I tried them a few months ago and have been hooked ever since, but I’d love to try the buffalo chik patty!


  79. Allison says

    While I’m at college I use the black bean burgers to add to a quick, flavorful, protein packed salad, love them! The pizza burger as you describe it sounds super yummy, I’d love to try it


    • Hannah Fleishman says

      The spicy black bean burger looks amazing! I would try it with a whole wheat bun, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato!!


  80. Kari F says

    I am already a huge fan of both the Spicy Black Bean Burger and the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger. Both are so delicious! I have not tried the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger, but is sounds wonderful too.


  81. Jen Lyle says

    Roasted garlic and quinoa! I love the black bean and Mediterranean in salads or on wraps. Simple and yummy lunch!


  82. says

    I would love to try the Buffalo Chix Morning Star Patty! I love a quick lunch on the go and as a teacher it would be super easy to prep and eat on the go 🙂


  83. Courtney says

    Ohh, the roasted garlic and quinoa burger sounds great! But I’m also obsessed with all things Buffalo right now, so I’d love to try those too!


  84. Erin says

    I eat these a lot, especially during the summer for some reason, maybe b/c they’re so quick and easy! I’ve never seen the quinoa one, I”ll have to keep an eye out.


  85. Jenna Ford says

    I love the pizza version, but would love to try the buffalo chik patty….I’ve never seen that one before!


  86. Kelsey says

    My bf and I already love their spicy black bean burgers (the are delicious on a pretzel bun with avocado)! But I would love to try their roasted garlic and quinoa patties!


  87. Lolita says

    I’d love to try the Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burger. … I’m sure it will hit the spot instantly!
    Thanks Julie, I enjoy reading your blog!


  88. Meredith says

    I’d love to get the Buffalo Chik Patty! And I really like the idea of mixing the burger in with the salad…must try!


  89. Kristen says

    I’m obsessed with all the Morningstar products! I think I’ve tried all the new ones but Mediterranean Chickpea and Roasted Garlic and Quinoa are my favorites!


  90. Jenny Z says

    OH MY GOSH I LOVES THESE BURGERS AND HAVE 2 BOXES IN MY FRIDGE RIGHT NOW!!! however I have no tried either of the new flavors left aka Chickpea and quiona so I would definitely buy those!!!


  91. Lindsay says

    I have actually tried the Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers and I LOVE them! I have them as a part of a meal a couple times a week!


  92. Stephanie says

    I’ve tried everything but the garlic and quinoa burger, (now I have to go find that!) my fridge is stocked with them!


  93. Lindsay says

    I love Morningstar farms products. The chick patties are also great in salads! I’ve never had the quinoa burger or the chickpea burgers so I’ll have to look for those!


  94. Courtney says

    Spicy Black Bean Burger! We just had a debate at work the other day and everyone agreed Morningstar has the best veggie burgers.


  95. Lindsay says

    I actually just tried the pizza one for the first time this week, it was delicious! I have my eye on the black bean one, I can’t wait to try it!


  96. Natalie says

    I’m most excited to try the Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burgers!! Finally I can still enjoy Morningstar Farms in a vegan-friend way!


  97. Diana says

    I LOVE their spicy black bean burger, they are always in stock at my house. I like use an english muffin and to add just a little bit of ranch. I would like to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger..sounds yummy!!


  98. Jessica N says

    I love adding beans to my salads, so the black bean or mediterranean chickpea burgers would be a great alternative & sound delicious!!


  99. Christina says

    Hmm… It’s a toss-up between spicy black bean and Mediterranean chickpea. If l had to choose, spicy black bean takes the cake!


  100. Meagan B says

    The Mediterranean chickpea burger sounds good! I grew up eating lots of Morningstar farms products, but that is one I haven’t tried!


  101. Emmalee says

    I grew up eating morningstar farms breakfast sausage, black bean burgers and chickn products. i think the chickpea burger sounds really great and i would love to try it!


  102. says

    That black bean one would be my pick, but if I could eat any of them I would definitely pick the tomato and basil because I have a weird obsession with basil and even put it in my smoothie every morning!


  103. Ashley says

    Wow, I would love to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger! I may even have to go out and buy a package even if I don’t win! I have also loved Morningstar burgers for a long time, and I ate one every night during my senior year in college and I dropped 15 pounds over the semester!


  104. janet pole says

    OFF TOPIC .. did yoju know that there is a famous sports writer named Ryan Fagan who lives in Charlotte?

    Be ready to have many people ask you if that is “your ryan:”!