Sunday, January 30, 2011

Black Bean Burgers

I got a food processor for Christmas last month and used it today to make my first batch of Black Bean Burgers of the new year.  Here is my recipe for my favorite vegan burger substitute.

Black Bean Burgers
Makes 12
2 cans black beans (16oz each) (1/4 cup reserved)
2 whole carrots
1 small apple
¾ cup salsa
2 or 3 cups oats
¼ bread crumbs
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp onion powder
5 cloves garlic
1 cup reconstituted couscous
¼ cup corn

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.With the grating blade on the food processor, grate the carrots and apples.
3. Switch to the regular blade.  Add black beans, salsa, garlic, couscous, bread crumbs and spices.  Pulse until mixed.
4. Add most of the oats slowly, pulse to mix.  (Reserve ¼ cup oats)
5. Pour mixture into a large bowl.  Fold in reserved black bean and oats along with the corn until evenly mixed.  Let rest for 15 minutes.
6. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out mixture and shape into a patty.  Place onto a baking sheet lined with foil, sprayed with cooking spray.
7. Cook for 20 minutes, flip, then cook for another 20 minutes.

These burgers are now ready to be grilled or pan fried.  Leftovers freeze very well.

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