Food Porn Format: Black Bean Burgers


I tend to see vegan food as a challenge. Having specific restrictions and making something delicious and attractive has never been a source of anxiety for me as it might some other cooks. I understand the grief that sometimes comes with knowing that something is just going to taste better with butter, but I respect the choices and beliefs of others whether or not I follow them myself.

I’ve been trying to work on vegan food a little bit lately, partially because I like the challenge and partially because I know there is a growing population of people who are making the switch to either vegetarian or vegan. It probably doesn’t help that I have a bunch of friends who are Yogis either.

Anyway, I figure I’d start with a vegetarian/vegan staple: The Black Bean Burger.

I’ve done the vegetarian thing before and veggie burgers were a daily evil for me. They were quick, they were okay tasting and they were freaking expensive. They were also about as filling as steam. I took a regular black bean burger recipe and will be working on variations of recipes later on. Making the burgers was fun enough that I would totally revisit this medium in order to play a little more.

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Before

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After: Bread is ‘Greektown Olive’ by Avalon International Breads of Detroit

Ingredients

Black Beans, cooked and drained – 4 cups (separated 2 cups / 2 cups)

½ Red Onion, finely chopped

1 Jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and diced

1 Clove of Garlic

½ cup breadcrumbs

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp cumin powder

1 dash of Brags or soy sauce

2 tbsp olive oil (separated 1/1)

Directions

1. Place half your beans into a food processor and pulse until smooth, then place into a large bowl, large enough to handle mixing ALL the ingredients.

2. In a non-stick skillet, heat the oil on medium heat and sauté the onions, pepper, and garlic until the onions become translucent, about 3/4’s cooked.

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Still a little more to go…

3. Combine the sautéed veggies with the pureed beans, add everything else you have. Mix well, I found using my hands to be the most effective way of doing this.

4. Form the mixture into patties, make them ½ an inch thick. You don’t want them to be too thick or else they won’t cook through. I made this mistake and ended up with a soft inside that wasn’t really desirable.

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5.You can separate the patties with cling-wrap or wax paper, store in the freezer for long term storage.

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6. To cook, throw a patty into a pan that has heated olive oil in it, cook through (at 3-5 minutes each side) on medium heat.

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One thought on “Food Porn Format: Black Bean Burgers

  1. sybaritica says:

    I’m not a vegetarian but those look pretty darn tasty!

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