For some reason, making veggie burgers from scratch has always intimidated me a little bit.
Even though I can create the perfect beef burger with my eyes closed, I’m always afraid I am going to mess up when I am making it’s veggie alternative.
What if they don’t hold together?
What if they are too dry?
What if they are bland?
When I am cooking a normal beef burger, these issues never even cross my mind. Grass fed beef is naturally flavorful and juicy, so the only thing I really have to worry about is overcooking it. However, I’m not really sure you can overcook a veggie burger. I know I’ve burned one before, but that’s because I was taking a shower (this doesn’t count).
I used to eat frozen veggie burgers all the time, but I probably won’t buy them ever again. These can be frozen and heated up just as quickly, plus they taste a lot better. Just lightly oil a pan and grill them for a few minutes.
Lunch is ready in 5 minutes!
After you make them of course…
The Best Black Bean Burgers
- 1/2 cup red or white onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 large organic egg, slightly beaten (use a flax egg to make vegan)
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a non stick skillet over medium heat.
- Once warm, add the bell pepper, onion, and cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Put the cooked mixture of veggies into a food processor or blender.
- Add the cilantro and pulse several times.
- Add the beans and pulse a few more times.
- The beans should be mashed, but still chunky. Make sure you do not over-process.
- In a medium bowl, mix the veggie/bean mixture, eggs, bread crumbs, and spices.
- Form into 3 patties.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray (liberally to avoid sticking) and add the patties.
- Cook each side until browned, about 8 minutes total.
I actually had a hard time fitting that in my mouth