Black Bean Burgers

I was heading over to a friend’s house the other day for a BBQ and was told there was only going to be chicken and carne asada.  I’m use to these situations now (no vegan friendly options) so I usually just bring over something easy to make for myself.  I was low on time so I popped into Trader Joes and grabbed a veggie burger to grill.  TERRIBLE choice.  I love veggie/bean burgers, but they have to be fresh.  I have yet to taste a descent store-bought one.  They just taste like cardboard.

So now I’m on a little mission to make some good vegan burgers.  My first attempt several weeks ago was a fail.  Last night however, was much tastier >>and actually held together, ha<<.  It even got the approval of my meat-eating man…approval meaning he ate two!!

You will Need:

  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz ounce) can organic, no salt added black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup plus rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 can of organic corn, drained

Black Bean Burgers:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 and grease wire oven rack.  Place over baking sheet.
  • Mix the ground flax and water.  Set aside.
  • In a food processor, pulse onion, jalapeno, and garlic, about 8 times.
  • Add black beans, oats, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, peppers, salt and flax mix.  Pulse about 10 times, stopping to hand mix it up and scrape down sides.  Should look like chunky bean dip.
  • Move to bowl and hand mix in breadcrumbs and corn.
  • Refrigerate for about 20 minutes (good time to get toppings prepared)
  • Roll bean mixture into patties, should form about 6.
  • Place on wire rack and cook for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Place between buns, wrapped in lettuce, however you like it.  Top with veggie yummies, avocado, tomato, lettuce, onion…Enjoy

These burgers offer good protein from the beans and are loaded with fiber from the corn, oats, and flax.

What’s your favorite thing to grill?

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