Friday, June 19, 2009

Black Bean Burgers

We love black beans at our house. We could live off them if we had to. Plus, they're a healthy and cheap alternative to meat. What else can I say besides try these, you will be surprised. Add as many spices or other ingredients to your liking (green pepper, corn). I do not add the hot sauce to make them kid friendly. Enjoy!

1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed and dried off
1/2 onion finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs or more as needed

If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
Stir onions and garlic into mashed beans.
In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.
Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

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