Black Bean Burgers

by Megan on November 16, 2009

I don’t really get guys with thumb rings, or why plucking my eyebrows makes me sneeze, but I do get why this meal was amazing.

Black-Bean-Burger

I am not one to ever doubt the goodness of black beans and when out, my menu choices are based on whether there are avocados involved. So I knew heading into this meal that it’d be a dream come true.

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With the chili powder and the hot sauce these burgers are perfectly spicy, and not a bit overpowering. I think these are worth making weekly.

Black Bean Burgers (4 regular burgers or 3 large marge burgers)
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 -16 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red pepper, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 t hot sauce
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup bread crumbs

Toppings and buns-

  • 4 slices Monterey jack cheese (or shredded, if that’s what you’ve got on hand)
  • 2 avocados, sliced (or guacamole)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a potato masher followed by a fork until thick and pasty.
  3. Stir minced red pepper, onion and garlic into the mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, chili powder, cumin and hot sauce.
  5. Stir egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. (I used about 3/4 of a cup of panko bread crumbs. Crushing them with my hands as I dropped them in the bowl.)
  6. Divide mixture into 4 patties. Place on foil lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on one side and then flip. Bake for 8 minutes longer, top with cheese and bake for additional 2 minutes. Meanwhile toast the buns.
  7. Remove from the oven and assemble your delicious black bean burger. These are some big burgers, so sides are pretty much optional.

Update:
I replaced the pictures above with better pictures. I just want you guys to see how dreamy these are.

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OMEGA July 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

I made these last night – mine was delish, but my hubby wasn’t too impressed about the lack of meat. I think it’s cause he neglected to put the avocado on top, which totally completes the dish.

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Megan (megabite) July 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

I’m glad you liked it!

He totally should’ve put the avocado on it! But I know how it is, sometimes meatless dinners are hard to sell. 🙂

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