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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Simple Black Bean Burgers

Simple Black Bean Burgers
Vegan; 30 minutes; Serves 4

What took the longest to make, when I made this for dinner a couple of weeks ago, were the sweet potato fries. I served these with chipotle mayo and some melted Daiya cheddar cheese on toasted rolls. Bruce loved the burgers and said they tasted just like and had the same texture as a hamburger.

2 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
1/2 cup sweet bell pepper, diced (I used a combination of red and yellow)
1 jalapeño, minced
1 clove of garlic minced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (I used fresh, and added a little more)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour (use what you have on hand, I used gluten free all purpose)
2 cups of black beans (I use 2 cans)

1. In a saucepan over medium heat with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, sauté onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mash black beans, sautéed vegetables and bread crumbs mixing well. (I needed Bruce to mash the ingredients with his hands. This is great for kids to help with.) Season with cumin, cilantro, and salt; mix again. Shape into patties, then coat in flour.

3. Place in pan over medium heat with remaining oil. Cook each patty for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden (lightly) browned.

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