I had mentioned in another post that my favorite food is actually Hamburgers. Well one of my favorite Hamburgers is this one, the Black Bean Burger. It is so good and if you serve it on a home made bun even better, goes without saying.
You won’t miss the meat at all with this one. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside but with enough bite to give you the burger sensation. The bite is because you’re not supposed to squash all the beans to a puree, but leave some whole. You also need to add enough seasoning. Then bake them nicely in a pan until they get a dark golden crust on the outside. I serve mine with grilled Eggplant & grilled red Peppers.
2 C. Black Beans, cooked
1 tbsp. Olive oil + 2 tsp. for cooking
1 Onion, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove of Garlic, peeled and grated
1 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast (optional, but it does add a hearty flavour)
1 tsp. Taco seasoning
1/4 C. Breadcrumbs or use GF oats instead.
1/4 C. of mixed nuts
1 Flax egg (1 tbsp. flax + 3 tbsp. water) Let sit for 15 min.
1 tbsp. Chia seeds
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Put the beans on a plate and squash them with a fork until roughly mashed. There should still be enough chunks for texture.
Meanwhile cook the onion and garlic in 1 tbsp. of olive oil over gentle heat until golden. Let cool slightly.
Put the squashed beans in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
Form into patties and place them on a slightly oiled plate. Cover with cling film and put them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to firm up.
When ready to cook. Place a frying pan over medium high heat, put in the 2 tsp. of olive oil and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Serve with toppings and additions of your liking. I do recommend you put them on the Hamburger Buns ,that makes them even better! Enjoy.