How to Make a Black Bean Burger
There are lots of people who want to try being a vegetarian but have a hard time finding recipes that don’t have 20 ingredients. Problem solved! This black bean burger is sure to be a staple in your weekly meals. It’s quick, tasty and only 11 ingredients. Here’s the trick: after you form the patties, chill them for about 20 minutes so they are firm when you cook them. Make extras and freeze them for a quick healthy snack that’s perfect for hungry kids right after school. See you in the kitchen!
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
½ red pepper, finely diced (optional)
½ red onion, diced
½ cup corn (thawed if frozen)
1½ Tbsp. mayo
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
(substitute with ½ cup cooked, chilled quinoa for gluten-free)
2 tsp. Mary’s Secret Spice (MSS), divided
1 cup arugula
1 large tomato
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
Step #1: Sauté vegetables
Sauté red pepper, red onion and corn in canola oil until soft.
Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon spice mix. Set aside to cool.
Step #2: Prepare the beans.
Reserve ½ cup of beans. Mash remaining black beans in a bowl.
Step #3: Combine ingredients
Add ½ cup reserved beans, mashed beans, mayo, bread crumbs, the red pepper mixture, and the remaining spice blend to bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step #4: Make the bean patties
Form bean mixture into 4 patties (they don’t shrink) and chill for 15–30 min to set.
Step #5: Prepare the pan to cook the patties
Lightly coat pan with canola oil and heat to medium.
Step #6: Cook black bean patties
Lay patties in pan and cook until brown and crisp on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Flip and brown other side.
Step #7: Add toppings (optional)
Serve on a bun with arugula, tomato and avocado.
Step #8: Finished