Recipe of the Week: Cheesy Black Bean Burgers
I LOVE me a good veggie burger. I don’t discriminate either—as long as no one died so I could eat it, I’m a fan. I usually buy frozen veggie burgers, but I thought I’d get straight fancy on myself and make some black bean burgers from scratch this week. And lemme say: These were totally worth it!
Couple notes: This looks like a lot of ingredients, but it’s actually really easy and fairly quick. And these burgers have a delicious cheesy center that is totally optional, but I definitely recommend it. YUM!
And now, World, meet the Cheesy Black Bean Burger:
Here’s what you’ll need to make four burgers:
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- A little veggie broth or water
- 1 small to medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup corn (frozen or canned—if frozen, let thaw)
- 2 pieces of vegan bread, toasted, and torn into tiny pieces (I used whole wheat bread, but you can also use bread crumbs for this part)
- 3 Tbsp. vegan cheese, shredded (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- Chili powder, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup of flour
- Olive oil for fryin’
- 4 burger buns
- Your fave toppings (I used avocado, ketchup, and red onion)
Spray a frying pan with cooking spray, add onion and garlic, and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring regularly. Add in your bell pepper, and cook until onion is translucent (continue to stir). Remove from stove. Next up, pour your beans into a blender and add just enough veggie broth or water to blend into a smooth consistency (it should still be thick). Combine onion and bean mixtures in a bowl, along with bread pieces, corn, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to make a small patty with an eighth of the mixture, then put a little of the vegan cheese on top of the patty, in the center. Make another patty with more of the mixture, and press the patties together, so the sides combine into one larger patty.
Pour the flour onto a plate, then dredge the patty in the flour mixture. Pour a teaspoon of olive oil in a frying pan, then add the patty to the pan, cooking on medium heat, flipping over when brown, for a total of 8-10 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Top with whatever toppings you ?, then devour! These burgers aren’t as sturdy as your typical fake meat burger (they are made of blended beans, after all!), but they’re oh-so-tasty.
Oh, and these go great with a side of fries—just sayin’.