Black Bean Burgers

I love burgers, like most people, and would eat them a few times a week if I could.  But let’s be honest, I can’t.  Or I shouldn’t.
Black bean burgers are a good substitute for me because I can still load them up with all of my favorite burger toppings!  And they’re yummy and healthy!  I usually make about a dozen at a time and just keep them in the freezer for a quick meal.  Here’s the ‘recipe’ (more like a starting point) we use below:

Black Bean Burgers

3 15oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 small onion, finely chopped or grated

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp chili powder

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (I like seasoned ones)

Saute onion and garlic in some olive oil on low heat until tender, about 5-6 minutes.  Drain and rinse 3 cans of black beans and mash with a fork or use a food processor/chopper.  We use our Ninja and it works well.  You want a mix of whole beans and mashed beans.  Pour black bean mixture into bowl and add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, eggs, and bread crumbs. (Taste it and add more of anything you think it might need).  Combine and form into patties. Makes 10-12 patties.  We cook ours in a pan with some olive oil on medium heat, about 5 minutes on each side.

This recipe is quite flexible and you can really add anything you want to the burgers!  Try some green pepper, chilies, mushrooms, corn, sun dried tomatoes….

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