Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers (Serves 6)
Inspired by a recipe found here.

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. The more you eat ’em… These burgers are really delicious. I heard a lot about black bean burgers, but I never tried one. Though I stay away from red meat, I usually go for a veggie or turkey burger alternative. When I found this recipe, I knew I had to try it. The burgers are great. When cooked, they’re a little crumbly, but not at all dry. Be very careful when flipping them in the pan so they keep their form. I would suggest making them cheeseburgers, as the slices of cheese serve as kind of a “glue” for the patties.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced

Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Combine the panko with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and mix with a fork to blend.  Add the mixture to the skillet and toast the panko, stirring frequently, until light golden brown.  Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Place 2½ cups of the beans in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or a fork until mostly smooth.  In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, 1 tablespoon of the oil, cumin, salt and cayenne.  Whisk to blend.  Add the egg mixture, toasted panko, the remaining ½ cup beans, bell pepper, cilantro and shallot to the bowl with the mashed beans.  Stir together until evenly combined.

Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions, about ½ cup each.  Lightly pack into 1-inch thick patties.  (At this point the patties can be covered tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking.)  Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Carefully lay half of the patties in the skillet and cook until well browned on both sides, about 8-10 minutes total.  Transfer the cooked burgers to a plate, tent with foil, and repeat with the remaining oil and bean patties.  Serve warm.

::Ashley

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