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!