Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tasteworthy Tuesday: Black Bean Burgers

If you're looking for a hearty vegetarian meal for dinner I highly recommend giving this one a try.  These Black Bean Burgers are really filling and good enough to satisfy any die hard meat eater. 


Black Bean Burgers
serves 4 to 6, recipe from Allrecipes.com

1 - 16oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed 
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 onion 
3 garlic cloves 
1 egg
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp cumin 
1 tsp Sriracha sauce or Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs 


If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil.  If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Don’t totally pulverize them like I did.  You may want to wring out some of the liquid that the onion produces when chopped in the processor.  If you don’t have a food processor you can chop the three ingredients very fine by hand.

Remove onion mixture from food processor and add beans.  Pulse a few times until becomes a bean paste but still retains some chunks.  If you do not have a food processor, mash black beans in a medium bowl with a fork until thick and pasty.  Combine onion mixture and mashed beans.  I also added some corn to the mixture; experiment with you favorite veggies.

In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.  Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties to six patties (the recipe called for four but I ad enough mixture to make 6 decent sized burgers).

If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.  My burgers were a bit soft so flip then gingerly.  If you are better about draining the beans and wringing the liquid from the chopped onions your burgers should stay together better than mine did. 

I topped my burgers with guacamole and tomatoes the first time we had them.  Leftover burgers were topped with slices of avocado and garlic wasabi mayo.  I think we preferred them the second time around.  Possibilities for toppings are endless so have fun with it and enjoy! 

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  1. These look sooo good!

  2. Sounds delicious! The meat eaters will be jealous of me when they grill their boring burgers ;)

  3. Thanks for this post. Im a vegetarian who doesn't cook very well but am always looking for other options besides pasa!
    Thanks also for stopping by Gathering Spriggs this week!
    I'd love to exchange banners with you if you are interested.
    I really like your new design.