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Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burgers are my go-to recipe when I’m plain sick of chicken, turkey, beef, pork and all seafood.  This recipe is the real deal!  Black bean burgers are vegetarian, and you can make it vegan too by replacing the egg with  one tablespoon of flour.  These burgers compliment a healthy lifestyle, and taste good too!

Q&A:

Okay, so I had a few questions the first time I made these like: Are they filling?  What is the texture like?  How do they not fall apart?  And most important, does it taste like an actual hamburger?  So, to answer these questions: Yes, black bean burgers are in fact filling, as beans are a source of protein and fiber.  The texture is different than actual beef burgers, but that is expected.  Black bean burgers are crispy on the outside and more smooth and soft on the inside.  They don’t fall apart because the beans are mashed together with egg, various spices, and breadcrumbs (or oatmeal as I used for a healthier choice), which are then formed into patties.  The last question is debatable.  Black bean burgers, for the most part, taste like regular hamburgers when they are dressed with a bun, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, and all the toppings.  They will essentially have a different taste (because you’re using beans not beef!), but knowing how much healthier they are than greasy hamburgers can justify second helpings.  🙂

If you dare, read along to make healthy black bean burgers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oats, blended (Or breadcrumbs)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-8 hamburger buns
  • Any toppings you like: tomato, lettuce, avocado, ketchup, mustard, etc.
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Black Bean Burger Directions:

First, in a medium size bowl, mash black beans with a fork until smooth.  You may have a few chunks, but that is okay.

Second, in a blender or food processor, blend bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Remove any excess water. Pour mixture into bowl with mashed beans.

Third, in a blender, blend oats for a about ten seconds.  Pour “breadcrumbs” into bowl with mashed beans and pepper/onion/garlic mixture you just made.  You will not be able to taste the oats, I promise!

Fourth, measure and add cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and egg into the same bowl.  Stir well and started forming burger patties with your hands.  If the mixture is too wet, add more oats or breadcrumbs as needed.  If you have the time, you can refrigerate the patty mixture for 15 minutes to get a better consistency.black bean burgers

Fifth, I used a George Foreman Grill to cook  the patties, cooking them for 3-4 minutes at 350F.  The nice thing about using a George Foreman is you don’t have to flip the patties or grease the grill!  It cooks both sides at the same time and is nonstick, so literally even my sticky little patties did not stick at all.  Check out the link to get your George Foreman Grill.  Also, if you are a student, or have a student email address, you can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and have access to movies, tv shows, and FREE 2 day shipping! Cancel on day 30 and you won’t be charged.

Or, you can cook them on a greased skillet for 3-4 minutes each side on medium heat.  Or, bake them on a greased pan at 350F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through (but this is just an estimate as I have never made them in the oven before).black bean burgers

Sixth, serve on bun with favorite toppings!  I was able to make 8 medium sized patties.  If your patties are smaller, try serving a double decker burger with two patties on one bun…yum!!black bean burgers

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Black Bean Burgers

A great source of protein (and fiber), these black bean burgers are the healthier and grease-free version of a regular hamburger. Still tastes just as yummy and better for your body and digestive system.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans (15oz), drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oats, blended
  • 1 red onion, small
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-8 hamburger buns
  • Toppings: tomato, lettuce, avocado, etc.

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mash black beans until smooth.

  2. In a blender or food processor, blend bell pepper, onion, and garlic.  Remove any excess water.  Pour mixture into bowl with mashed beans.

  3. In a blender, blend oats and add "breadcrumbs" into the same bowl with mashed beans and bell pepper/onion/garlic mixture. 

  4. In the same bowl, measure out and add cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and egg.  Stir well and form patties with your hands.  If mixture is too wet, add more oats as needed. 

  5. Cook 3-4 minutes in George Foreman Grill at 350F.  Or, in a greased skillet on the stovetop 3-4 minutes each side on medium heat.

  6. Serve on bun with favorite toppings!  Serve double decker patties, two patties on one bun, if you are extra hungry!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is vegetarian and can be vegan too by replacing the egg with one tbsp of flour. 

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