So last nights dinner was so freakin’ good. Just looking at these pictures Kev took is making me excited that there were left overs for lunch today!!! So since I don’t eat meat I am constantly looking for good veggie/black bean burgers in the summer. I have yet to find a good frozen substitute. I mean they are all ok but nothing I crave because they were so delicious. I finally decided that it has to be super easy to make your own black bean burgers, so last night was my first attempt and they were AMAZING!! Even Kev the “burger guy” had one and loved them!! I topped each one with sliced avacado, tomatoes and some homemade salsa. We had some corn on the cob too that we sprinkled with some chili powder. It was an excellent summer meal.
Black Bean Burgers:
* 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
* 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
* 3 cloves garlic, peeled
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon chili powder
* 1 tablespoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
* 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. You could just finely chop these your self if you don’t have a food processor. Then stir into mashed beans.
4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
* 1 can Whole Roma Tomatoes, juice drained*
* 1/2 small Red Onion, halved (add more onion if you like a lot of onion)
* 1 green Turkish Chili or any kind of chili pepper, roughly chopped
* 1 Cup fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped (including stems)
* 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
* juice of 2 Limes
* 3/4 teaspoon Salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Pepper
* I also add from fresh cut up tomatoes if I have some.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until all pieces are very small. Serve with tortilla chips.