Saturday, February 16, 2013

Spicy Home Made Black Bean Burgers

Yet, another "first" for me.  Making your own veggie burgers are simple, but, why haven't I made these sooner?  Mostly, because it's easier to pluck them from the store's freezer.  They are a great alternative to regular meat burgers packed with healthy ingredients.   If you have a food processor that's sitting in the deep dark shadows of your pantry, I challenge you to drag it out and whip these up.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

1/4 yellow onion, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp egg beaters

1 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp chili powder

1/4 cup panko or seasoned breadcrumbs

Place ALL the ingredients into the food processor and begin to pulse, scraping sides when needed.  You still want a bit of texture so don't pulse into a puree.  

Form into patties and place each on waxed paper.  Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then remove and cook.  Spray a skillet with pan spray and grill on each side for about 5-6 minutes.  Make a better burger out of these.

Recommendation:  Since this was my first time creating these, I have some hints for next time.  I like more crunch so will be adding sunflower seeds, more spice and reserve about 2 Tbsp of the black beans to give them a chunkier texture.  Just a thought!

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