The Best Black Bean Burger Ever!
Ok, so I have to admit...I used to turn my head in disgust at Veggie Burgers! I mean, where is the protein? People that eat those things are not getting proper macro balance because they aren't eating meat. Hahaha...and I admit to be wrong, once again!
So I read a few recipes before I decided to try to create my own. I had only had a few out at restaurants, but I did know I wanted mine to takes more like meat and less like paste! lol I read one blog that said her key to success was roasting the beans in the oven before adding to the burger mixture. THIS WAS GOLDEN!
-2 (14 oz) cans organic Black Beans, drained and rinsed
-1 cup sweet onion, diced
-3/4 cup bell pepper (your choice in color), diced
-1/2 cup (plus an additional 2 tbsp. if sticking too much to hands while forming patties) chick pea crumbs (or gluten free oat flour)
-1/2 cup Shredded Vegan Cheese ("Follow your Heart" fiesta blend is great)
-2 "Neat Eggs" (for Vegan) or regular eggs (for non-Vegan)
-2 tbsp. organic ketsup
-1 tbsp. minced garic
-1 tbsp. EVOO
-1 tbsp. liquid smoke
-2 1/2 tsp chili powder
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/4 tsp garlic salt
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-medium onion, carmelized with 1/2 tbsp. EVOO and 1/2 tbsp. stevia powder
-2 roma tomatoes, sliced
-8 slices of Daiya sliced vegan cheese (for cheeseburgers)
-whole grain/gluten free/high fiber bread or bun
-other veggie toppers:)
-Drain, rinse, and pat the Black Beans dry with paper towel. Bake in oven (on parchment paper/cookie sheet) on 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
-While beans are in oven, dice onion/garlic/pepper, and add to skillet with olive oil. Saute in skillet until tender and brown.
-Remove beans from oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes. Add beans and skillet veggie to a large bowl with all other ingredients.
-Using masher, mash ingredients together, leaving a few black beans whole.
-Form into patties (makes about 8 medium or 5 jumbo patties). Add more bread crumbs if the patties are not forming easily.
-Grill as if you were grilling a beef hamburger. No need for aluminum foil either!
-Feel free to caramelize more onion and sear tomato as a topper. I actually added balsamic maple brussels sprouts to mine last night...AMAZING!
-Make your ideal black bean burger and enjoy! Store in an air tight container up to 3 days:)