Hi! I’m Melina! Homeschooling mother of 11, and Grandmelina to 5!
I’ll be experimenting with vegan recipes for a little bit, and posting about the ones I try. I’ve made these burgers before, but it had been a long time. One thing to keep in mind, is that these burgers are not the consistency of ground beef. They are a lot softer. I’ll be experimenting on ways to make them firmer. I’ll keep you posted.
My husband absolutely loves these, I love them, one of the kids likes them the way they are, a couple complained they were the wrong texture. Two wouldn’t even try them. But still, they are very delicious. I would recommend them to anyone, and serve them to guests. Perhaps toppings of lettuce and tomatoes, or even mayo and salsa, are better than mustard, ketchup and pickles on these black bean burgers.
BLACK BEAN BURGERS (makes 8 burgers) – vegan
Fry up with a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on the stove:
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium sweet pepper, chopped
- 4 medium cloves of garlic, minced
Once the veggies are soft, top the veggies with:
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric
Gently stir, remove the pan from the heat, and set aside. Add to a blender:
- 1 1/2 cups cooked, or 1 can, black beans, drained
- 1 cup cooked rice (I like to use basmati)
- cooked veggies (from pan)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. salt
Blend until well pureed. When finished, scrape the mixture out of the blender into a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula. To the puree, add:
- 2 cups bread crumbs or 1/2 cups already pureed quick oats
- hot sauce to taste, if desired
- 2 Tbsp. salsa, or 1 Tbsp. ketchup (add more if necessary)
I like to have extra bread crumbs or pureed oats for dipping the patties in after formed. So, that being said, form the mixture into patties, dip in crumbs or oats to coat, and place on a plate. Separate layers with waxed paper or parchment paper. Fry the patties in a small amount of oil, or grill on the bbq until heated and slightly browned. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
Serve in burger buns with desired toppings. I like tomatoes and lettuce.
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