Are you like me? Do you consume less meat when the weather turns hot and humid? Instead of ordinary beef burgers, I crave beefy-but-meatless Black Bean Burgers. These are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. And unlike other vegetarian patties, they do not fall apart when you flip them. I make the burgers this way:
While La Vida Loca plays in your head (I hope you like Ricky Martin), rinse and drain some ordinary canned black beans, and transfer them to a large bowl.
Add some finely-minced onion…
And some seasoned, dried bread crumbs. You can find such crumbs at any two-bit supermarket.
Gluten-free note: I can tell you, from my own experience, that seasoned gluten-free bread crumbs work perfectly well for this recipe.
As for seasonings, you can select your own, or use what I use:
A dash of ground cumin…
A smattering of chili powder…
And a pinch of crushed red pepper. Use more than a pinch if you wanna set your tongue on fire.
To bind the works, add one beaten egg.
Now roll up your sleeves, and mix and mush the ingredients by hand. That is, crush some of the beans as you work. Patties that contain both crushed and whole beans will make the beefiest burgers.
Divide the mass into 4 equal-size patties.
Now warm some olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
When the butter melts, add the burgers, and let them cook until nicely browned on one side — about 5 minutes.
Then flip ’em over…
And cover the skillet. Cook until the patties are done — about 5 minutes. Transfer the burgers to a platter and keep them warm.
Meanwhile, drain off some of the oil/butter from the pan, and use the same pan to toast some English muffins or hamburger buns.
Add the black bean patty.
Then run out to your garden and return with a handful of lettuce leaves.
Add the leaves to the burger, along with some raw, red onion. You might like to add more mayo (or ketchup, or barbecue sauce) directly to the bean patty.
Put the whole thing together, and tuck into this sexy, savory sumptuousness!
Short on time? Cash? Both? Craving something wicked-delicious to eat? Give these Black Bean Burgers a try, okay?
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Here’s the printable recipe: