Black Bean Burgers

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:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. 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…)
  3. Add the juice of 2 limes, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and mix well.
  4. Add your egg and breadcrumbs to the mixture and combine. If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs.
  5. Using your hands, begin to form your mixture into patties. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping the burgers halfway through.
  7. 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!

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