Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Black Bean Burgers

Back around Christmas time I had a fantasy-slash-New-Year's-Resolution that I would try a new recipe at least once a month & blog about it. Yes, the Julie & Julia thing has been done to death, I know, but I figured it would give me motivation to enjoy kitchen time more often.

Then my house started falling apart, and, as you may have noticed, I haven't posted a single recipe.

I am atoning now.

These are the incredibly yummy, super delicious black bean burgers I made Sunday, adapted very loosely from allrecipes.com.

3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 eggs
3-4 cloves roasted garlic, chopped -OR- 1 tsp garlic powder
2-3 tsp chili powder (to taste)
1-2 tsp onion salt, or 1 cup chopped, sauteed onions
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tamari sauce
1-2 tsp chili sauce, Thai or Mexican
2 cups bread crumbs (I used 4 large herb & parmasen breadsticks, crumbled)
generous dash of salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coarsely mash the black beans. I found a fork insufficient; a potato masher did a great job. Mix in eggs & seasonings. Add bread crumbs until the mixture is moderately stiff, though still soft. Grease a large cookie sheet. Using oiled hands, form patties with the meat mixture and place them on the cookie sheet. They can be very close together--they won't rise or grow in the oven.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. You can flip them halfway through the cooking, but I found that unnecessary. You can also cook them on a greased skillet, flipping about 3 minutes into cooking. I tried one that way, and it was DELISH, but definitely greasier than the baked version. Grease makes everything taste better, doesn't it?

These are so yummy, I was moaning in delight. Repeatedly. Grace & Mia got a little tired of it. "Ugh! Mom, you already told us how yummy they are! I think you can quit talking about it, now." They are also very filling. I ate one sans bun before dinner (a test product, if you will) and another with bun and veggies, and I was seriously stuffed. High in protein & fiber, I could so be vegetarian if I ate like this all the time.



Megan B ♥ said...

What's tamari sauce and where can I find it?

mommymuse said...

It's like a lower sodium version of soy sauce, easy to find at health food stores, but even some grocery stores carry it.