I am by no means a vegetarian, but I do happen to enjoy a lot of vegetarian food. Cody just can’t understand why I eat tofu if I don’t “have to”–but the answer is simply because I like it!! I don’t think tofu tastes anything like meat, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it tastes good (not to mention how good it is for you!) So although black bean burgers don’t taste anything like a real juicy burger, that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious in its own right. In fact, even Cody agreed that these burgers were pretty tasty!
Black Bean Burgers
Yield: about 6 burgers
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs
- Optional toppings: avocado, more cilantro, more lime, cheese, other condiments…etc!
What You’ll Do:
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Place your drained and rinsed beans in a large bowl and use a fork (or a potato masher if you have one) to mash the beans into a lumpy. It’s okay if not all of the beans are completely mashed! (I’ll admit I used my hands to help along this process…)
- Add the juice of 2 limes, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and mix well.
- Add your egg and breadcrumbs to the mixture and combine. If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs.
- Using your hands, begin to form your mixture into patties. Place on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping the burgers halfway through.
- Top with whatever you want and enjoy!! I like to add avocado, cheese, and a little plain Greek yogurt to mine!
Note: these also freeze beautifully, making it a nice option if you’re cooking for one. Try out these healthy, flavorful burgers tonight!