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The Big Bean Mac

The Big Bean MacYes I did.

You know the one.

Special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun!

~ The Big Mac Jingle

Except I left off the “2- all beef patties!” I enjoy my “Big Mac” with a bean burger in the middle! Real cheddar cheese, real ingredients without a crap-ton of salt and fat!  But I swear to you, both beef and bean lovers will adore this sandwich! Dare I say, it tastes just like the real deal? I do! It does. It so freaking does! I missed you, Big Mac, and now I can eat you- but better yet, I can enjoy you!

Making this ahead, is so easy if you have some bean burgers on hand, as I seem to make them in huge quantity these days myself, this makes these burgers almost too easy to put together! I took special attention to try to make this the way I would if I had a diner, and was giving you my best sammie for lunch:

Start with the bun:

sesame seed bun

Start with a great sesame seed bun- they are right in the grocery store people! Why aren’t we buying these? They are delicious!

Toast it on both sides:


See how a little butter goes a long way- a toasted bun is so much better…

Spread that “special sauce.” Common! It is special- use it liberally!


The key ingredient~

Then add your burger…Bean burger, that is! With exactly 3, not two, dill pickles and your onions.

Burger and three pickles,and onions

Exactly 3 pickles, and minced onions- the onions, I think are the thing that make this taste super authentic!

Load up the iceburg shreds:

iceburg lettuce

I add a lot to feel healthy- teehee!

And marvel:


Wow. Look what you get to eat.

The Big Bean Mac

Yield: 5 burgers

The Big Bean Mac

This unbelievable re-creation and recipe redux of a very unhealthy burger, will send you to flavor-town! The Bean Mac is your new favorite lunch sandwich!


    Bean burgers
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1/2 (or more) bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 egg white
  • The Special Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp 2% greek plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp light mayo
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dill pickle relish- sweet is too sweet
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 2 TBP French dressing
  • Pinch salt
  • Sandwich
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 5 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 15-20 sandwich sliced dill pickles
  • 5 slices cheese- I used thin cheddar slices- orange for authenticity!
  • 5 sesame seed buns


    To make the burgers
  1. Open and pour without draining your black beans into a large bowl. Add one egg white, 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning. Blend with immersion blender or a potato masher. Add more breadcrumbs if needed, to get a consistency that will form a patty.
  2. Shape 5 patties. Cook on a grill or saute pan, over medium heat, until lightly browned on both sides.
  3. Place one slice of cheese on each patty. Cover until melted. Remove from the pan. Set aside.
  4. For the Sauce
  5. Measure and mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Assemble your sandwich.
  7. On the same pan that you made your burgers, heat a bit of butter, and grill the inside of your buns a bit, to get them toasty. Remove.
  8. Spread the special sauce on both insides of the bun.
  9. Place a bean patty on the bottom half.
  10. On the top half, add three pickles.
  11. Add 1 Tbsp. of minced onion.
  12. Top the burger with the shredded lettuce.
  13. Put the top on.
  14. Yes. You are done. Take it all in. You can now enjoy your Bean Mac.


If you want to make some of this recipe ahead, it is super easy. Make the burgers ahead and freeze them- you can skillet warm them or microwave in minutes. Make the sauce up to one day ahead - it actually improves as it sits for a bit. You can use any bean burger recipe- this is just my fastest!

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Some of you read my posts about sharing coffee, and what we’d chat about…well,

If we were having lunch, today, I would tell you that this is my new favorite sandwich. Hands down. My husband is equally obsessed, which can be a problem! But not too much so, as it is definitely a much improved version of the ugly fast food guy. I hope you try this, and love it as much as we do- lemme know if you do. Take a pic and tag!The-Big-Bean-Mac

Sharing, this week with: Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friends Friday, Pin Junkie, Meatless Monday!

Ultimate Coffee Chat: May

Ultimate Coffee | Hardly A Goddess

I love this series. On the first Saturday of the month, I share my favorite little things about what’s been going on in my world. Too much!

If you and I were sharing a coffee, I’d tell you:
I made two awesome recipes this week so far this week: First, I made an excellent vegetarian crockpot dinner that only takes 2 hours on HIGH or 4-5 on low. It is a Weight Watcher’s recipe and I am sold. It is a go-to meatless meal, and I served it over sautéd kale and some dried red chili pepper sprinkled on top. Yes. Now you can make room for dessert! The second is less healthy, more weekend: Jalapeno Popper Pizza. Ri-dic-ulous! So good! I could make this as an appetizer or just eat the whole darn thing. The recipe is on the blog tomorrow, so stay tuned!

If you and I were sharing a coffee, I’d tell you:
We are in the midst of lots of sports, however, all the games and practices have been cancelling. It is RAINY! The good news is that the air smells so good because all the flowers are blooming! All the flowers! It is beautiful. My eyes haven’t stopped watering from the allergies, but it is pretty!

If you and I were sharing a coffee, I’d tell you:
I got new sneakers! Mr. HAG got them for me for Mother’s Day! I think he was sick of my excuses for not running lately! My old sneaks had seen some MILES! so I was due. I got the same Brooks Ravenna model that I had last Marathon, and it went well with the legs and knees, so I decided to just repeat the shoe-shopping of last year. Time saver. I had some ideas of going to another model, like Hoka or Nike again, but I was in a time-crunch, and these are pretty!

Brooks Ravenna 7 Running | Hardly A Goddess

If you and I were sharing a coffee, I’d tell you:
My kids’ school is underfunded. By 3 million dollars or so. They are laying-off 80 people and taking away funding for all the good stuff that makes school fun: less crowded classrooms, music, sports, buses. They will make us pay out of pocket, and that is okay. But what about all the people in my very economically diverse city that can’t afford it? Is it sports and music for people with money? Not right. Seriously bad. I can’t get into it too much, but this is major for us, so I thought I would share. I know budgets are tight everywhere, so I reserve judgement. We shall see…

If you and I were sharing a coffee, I’d tell you:
This week was full of holiday fun, huh? Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day tomorrow! So fun! My plan for tomorrow, since there are NO sports for the kids (happy dance!) is to sleep, eat, run, go to the movies, and play. I will be on the #SundaySupper chat at 7pm, but other than enjoying my kids and relaxing, I will be celebrating my Mom-hood. And calling my mom and mom-in-law too of course! I am so lucky to have these two amazing women who help me be a better mom~

If you and I were sharing a coffee, I’d tell you:
I wish all the moms, a happy day tomorrow, and giving all the daughters and sons a reminder to thank whoever raised you to be you… Whoever you call “Mother,”Happy Mother's Day | Hardly A GoddessHave a lovely day today and week ahead! Until next time…

My mom and me~ Circa. a super long time ago!

My mom and me~ Circa. a super long time ago!

Let me know in the comments: What  was your highlight for April to chat about?

 Linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner, Lynda at Fitness Mom Wine Country and Coco at Got2Run4Me

Eating My Way Through Rhode Island: Eat Drink RI Festival

EatDrinkRI Festival | Hardly A Goddess

I am a Central NY girl. through and through. But I live in Massachusetts… And I eat in Rhode Island. At least if I can help it!

I clearly could go on. Oh, but I will! I am lucky enough to be going on April 28 – May 1, 2016 for the Fifth Annual Eat Drink RI Festival thanks to the generous people at Eat Drink Rhode Island. I have secured tickets in exchange for some blogging food porn and information sharing. I will be going to the Grand Tasting on Saturday the 30th! I can’t wait to share ~ and awesomeness of Rhode Island’s most talented Bartenders & Chefs!

Why is Rhody Food so good?

Surrounded by oceanCheck

Tons of small farms, sourcing local food- Check

Growing list of craft BreweriesCheck

Several long-time and new WineriesCheck

Arts Scene which brings on tons of support for local creativityCheck

An Italian Street dedicated to Italian foodCheck

A Major Cooking SchoolCheck

So…Rhode Island for the WIN!

What’s your favorite Rhody place to eat? Here are some of mine:

Some are fancy, and some are down-home and greasy, but they are all Rhode Island, and delicious! Check out the Eat Drink RI website or Facebook page for updates or information about the event. Hope to see you there! Let me know in the comments if you are planning on it!