Cooking Escapades : Black Bean Burgers

If you read my last post, you already know that i’m embarking on a plant based eating journey! If you missed it, check out my reasons here 🙂

Today I decided I wanted to give making “Black Bean Burgers” a try.  I’m currently looking for new ways to get more protein into my diet since I gave up meat. There are actually alot of plant based protein sources, black beans being one. I love black beans with just brown rice or mixed into salads, but I wanted to try something different with them. For my first time making these Black Bean Burgers they turned out pretty good. They were super flavorful and easy to make! I will say if this is your first time having a black bean burger; don’t let the term “burger” psych you out into thinking that you’ll be getting a meat texture and flavor. It’s all beans and vegetables…keep an open mind! I adapted the recipe from Pioneer Woman’s recipe. Check out the additions I made below 🙂

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

-1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
-2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
-1/4 White Onion, Grated
-1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, Diced
-1/2 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
-2 Tsp. Salt
-(2) 15 oz. cans of Black Beans, Drained
-1 Cup Plain Bread Crumbs
– 2 tsp. Paprika
– Salt, TT
– Black Pepper, TT
-1 Tbsp. Parsley
-2 tsp. Garlic Powder
-2 tsp. Onion Powder
-2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

Directions:


1. Begin by dicing bell peppers, mincing garlic, and grating the onion.
2. In a non-stick frying pan, sauté garlic in vegetable oil on medium low heat for about a minute.
Add onions and bell pepper and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. While the vegetables are cooling, start smashing black beans with a fork. Texture should be pasty
but kind of chunky.
4. Add paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper to bread crumbs and stir
 lightly.
5. Mix breadcrumb mixture into mashed black beans.
6. Next add previously sauteed vegetables and egg to mixture. Stir until all ingredients are
 incorporated.
7. Heat vegetable oil in a clean non stick pan on medium heat. While oil is heating form the black
 bean mixture into bun-sized patties. 
8. Place in pan and cook on each side for about 5-7 minutes or until browned on the outside and
 heated through. 
9. Serve immediately and enjoy 🙂


I enjoyed my black bean burger on a toasted whole wheat bun with tomatoes and melted mozzarella! Although it was really good, I think next time i’ll go for a black bean burger without the bun. It’s just something about having a bun that had me expecting a hamburger lol! It may have looked like a hamburger but it was no hamburger! So next time I might just enjoy it alone; maybe with some slices of avocados and brown rice on the side. Another thing I would do is leave more chunks of black bean. I’m really picky when it comes to texture, and I may have gotten a little carried away while mashing. For my first time though, this recipe came out great! I look forward to making it again in the future!

Give the recipe a try and let me know if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions! Much love 🙂
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