Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Black Bean Burgers

Do you ever have those days where you look in the refrigerator and realize that you have nothing to fix for dinner? That's how these black bean burgers came about. My refrigerator was pretty much empty and I didn't feel like running out to get something. That's when I turned to my pantry. I always have black beans, bread crumbs, and green chiles. I got lucky and found some green onions and pepper jack cheese hiding in the refrigerator, but you could substitute with whatever onion or cheese you have on hand. And the avocados are optional, but they add nice texture and flavor. These burgers are perfect when you are looking for a quick, healthy, weeknight meal. You can even prepare the patties ahead of time, refrigerate them, and then cook them in a skillet when you are ready. 

Black Bean Burgers
Servings: 6

3 tbsp. canola oil, divided
2 - 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large eggs
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder 
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs or panko
1 - 4 oz. can green chiles, drained
2 green onions, chopped
6 hamburger buns
6 slices pepper jack cheese
2 avocados, thinly sliced
Juice from 1 lime
Salt and pepper

Place 3/4 of the beans in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and 1 tbsp. oil together. Add the egg mixture, bread crumbs, green chiles, green onions, and remaining beans to the bowl with the mashed beans. Mix together until well combined. Divide the mixture into 6 evenly sized patties. 

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 3 patties to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until well browned. Flip and cook until well browned on the other side and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Add the remaining oil to the skillet and repeat with the remaining patties. 

In a separate bowl, add the avocado slices. Squeeze the lime over the avocado and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. 

Preheat the broiler. Place the buns, cut-side up, on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Place a patty and each bun and top with cheese. Bake until the cheese melts. Top with the prepared avocado slices.

Source: heavily adapted from Annie's Eats

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