Sunday, April 3, 2016

Homemade | Tasty Black Beans Burger

My hubby, Jayvee was a hamburger fan, big time. He tried burgers in every city/country we traveled. The bigger and thicker the burger was, the more he liked it. But that WAS before he dropped beef, pork and chicken meats from his diet. He turned pesco vegetarian when he became attached to our chicken pets after months of keeping chickens in our backyard. Now, the challenge is on me to come up with meatless dishes that are equally satisfying for this ex-meat lover - specially meatless burger.

About 2 months ago, we visited a newly opened a local Grill House where hubby ordered a black beans burger and it was delicious. So tasty that we were back in the same restaurant three times already. The burger was not cheap so I decided to make a homemade version. After a little over an hour of preparation and pan grilling, my homemade black beans burgers were a hit! 

To prevent burgers from being mushy {since I used canned beans in brine}, I partly dehydrated the beans by roasting it in the oven for 15 minutes.

To make a perfect patty shape out of the black beans and corn mixture, I used an egg and Panko breadcrumbs {just because that's what I have in the pantry}as binders. Since it is too cold to grill outside, I pan-grilled the patties and voila .... tasty meat-less black beans burger for someone who used to love all-beef burgers!

Tasty Black Beans Burgers


1 can {15 ounces} black beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bell pepper, chopped in tiny squares
1/2 cup corn kernels
2 tbsp mayonnaise
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs {or any kind of breadcrumbs)
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander/cilantro {or parsley}
1 tbsp hot pepper sauce
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 egg
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp oil, divided


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread drained beans on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast in the over for 15 minutes or until beans split open. Let it cool.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil and saute onion, garlic and pepper. Set aside.
Transfer cooled beans. corn kernels, sauteed onion, garlic and bell pepper in a food processor or electric food chopper and pulse for 6-7 times
Transfer mixture in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients except oil.
Mix well and shape into burger patties {about 4 to 5 patties}
On a frying pan heat remaining oil and cook burgers over low to medium fire {about 5 minutes on each side}
Serve on a soft bun with your favourite burger condiments and toppings}

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