• Sarah Gearino

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!

INGREDIENTS:

-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


OPTIONAL:

-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

-Ketsup

-Mustard

-other veggie toppers:)

INSTRUCTIONS:


-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:)





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