April 18, 2012

Black Bean Veggie Burger {Meatless Meals}

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There is no shortage of recalls when it comes to ground beef or turkey. Not all brands have this problem, but when you start seeing a pattern, you become really wary. Do we still eat meat? Sure we do, but we always err on the side of caution. That is why I love having the option of making homemade veggie burgers, like these Black Bean Veggie Burgers

The regular pre-made brands that you may find in stores are my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, they taste good, but tend to be quite pricey. Plus, they have less than desirable amounts of sodium in them.  My vote is for homemade veggie burgers! With the homemade version, I have control of what is going into them, which means they will be way healthier than store bought brands.

This is one of my favorite veggie burger recipes, because they have amazing flavor and are oh so delicious! I've altered the original recipe, so that they can be made ahead of time and put in the freezer. The reason for this is the consistency. It is different than a regular burger. The black beans make the patties much softer. Freezing them for a few hours to a day ahead of time, helps to keep the patties together and makes it easy to cook without having them fall apart.


 HOMEMADE BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGERS

https://sites.google.com/site/oureverydayharvest/pumpkin-spice-bread?tmpl=%2Fsystem%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F&showPrintDialog=1



Ingredients:
  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed, and gently patted as dry as can be (that last part is very important)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. In a medium to large bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. If excess liquid is present, be sure to drain in a fine strainer, first.
  3. Stir chopped bell pepper, onion, and garlic into bowl with mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.
  5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans mixture.
  6. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
  7. Divide mixture into four patties.
  8. Individually wrap the patties in wax paper (to prevent sticking), then in aluminum foil.
  9. Freeze for at least a few hours or later (until ready to cook*).


You can even add cheese:


  
*Note: Making these on an actual BBQ grill is a bit tricky. You may want to use greased foil if cooking them this way. They don’t fare as well when cooking on the actual grill, itself. 


Freezing them also allows the homemade version to be just as convenient as the store-bought brands. When you're in the mood for one, simply grab a frozen patty, unwrap, and cook. We like to fry them up in a pan on the stove top. Be sure to grease the pan, beforehand.
  


ENJOY!

15 comments:

Six Sisters said...

This looks delicious! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you back soon! -The Sisters

Kelly@Our Everyday Harvest said...

Thanks! Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

These look SO good. What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!"

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

They are yummy! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Diane Balch said...

I'm very excited about this burger. In the summer I get serious meat overload. I will be pinning this and making it often.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 I know exactly what you mean. Hope you enjoy this tasty alternative.

Diane Balch said...

Just wanted you to know that I included your burger in a post about types of burgers. I will be tweeting and promoting it this week.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 That's so wonderful, Diane! Thank you. I can't wait to check it out!

Becca said...

This looks good! I will have to share it with my sister. :)
Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 They are yummy! Enjoy!

runt said...

Thanks for sharing

Ganon

FIBERONE said...

Thanks for the recipe. I have been looking for a good "bean burger" recipe and this looks like a good one.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

It is really delicious! I hope you enjoy it! :-)

Treeflower said...

I'm a vegetarian, and black bean burgers are awesome; that looks like a great (and fun) recipe for homemade ones. (Actually, every single vegetarian recipe on this site looks excellent to me! :3)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you so much! These burgers are REALLY good. I definitely recommend giving them a try and if you do, please come back and let me know what you think. :-)

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