Like many families, we’ve been doing Meatless Mondays, both to help lower our grocery costs and to improve our health. Now, considering that the men in my family don’t particularly like vegetables, cooking dinner on Mondays was problematic at first.
Over time, though, I’ve found a few recipes they enjoy (or at least don’t complain about much). This one? It’s so good they actually ask for it in the middle of the week, even. Talk about a winner!
Black Bean Burger Patties
- 2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/2 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- Splash of hot sauce (optional)
- 1/8 tsp. liquid smoke (optional)
- In the bowl of a food processor, finely chop the bell pepper, onion and garlic.
- Add everything else but the beans to the food processor. Mix for 1 full minute.
- Add the beans to the bowl and process for 30 seconds or so until the mixture reaches a meaty texture. (Don\'t turn it into a paste!)
- Add additional bread crumbs if too wet, or water/vegetable stock if too dry.
- Shape into patties and chill for 20 minutes.
- Spray skillet with oil and cook patties over medium heat, 5-7 minutes per side, until browned.
What to serve on them is entirely up to you. I like mine with guacamole and a squirt of chipotle sauce, my husband prefers his with BBQ sauce, and my son likes the standard ketchup and mustard with a slice of American cheese. We all agree that with tomato and lettuce it tastes darn near like a regular burger, only less greasy.
Want to take it up a notch? Serve them on homemade buns!
Homemade Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns (Bread Machine)
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons yeast
- Add ingredients to bread machine in order advised by the manufacturer. (Usually liquids first, then solids with yeast and sugar on top.) Select the \"Dough\" setting and start the machine.
- Remove dough from machine after first rise. Transfer dough to a floured surface and shape into a 12-inch long log.
- Slice the log into 12 equal pieces. Roll into balls and lightly flatten the top for hamburger buns, or into 6-inch ovals for hot dog buns.
- Grease a baking sheet. Place rolls on it and cover with a towel. Let rise in a draft-free location until doubled (about 30 minutes).
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake buns 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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