There's been a lot of indulgent recipes featured here lately. It's time to lighten things up a bit. For lunch today: Black Bean Burgers on homemade buns. These burgers are easy to put together and impressive enough for the most devout carnivores in your life.
Black Bean Burgers
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 heaping cups cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 beaten egg
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 6 slices of jalapeno peppers
- 3 Tbsp salsa, as hot as you like it
- 1/4 cup almonds, ground finely
- salt & pepper to taste
- buns, lettuce, and sour cream or mayo to serve
- In the bowl of your food processor, combine all ingredients except buns, lettuce, and sour cream. Process until thoroughly combined but still a little lumpy.
- Shape into patties. Drop onto a skillet (preheated to medium-high and sprayed with non-stick spray) and cook five minutes on the first side, and three or four on the reverse side.
- Serve on buns with lettuce and sour cream.
***Recipe note: As you are processing your ingredients, remember not to over-process. You want some chunkiness left in the burger. Your mash should be pretty thick. Remember paste in elementary school? It should be that thick. If it feels like cooked oatmeal, you'll want to thicken it up a bit. You can achieve this by adding more flour, or some bread crumbs, or some rolled oats. Be sure to cook your rice until dry. I've made this with freshly cooked rice as well as leftover rice, and I don't recall there being much difference. Just keep it thick, using whatever ingredient you have on hand. The finished burgers have the mouth feel of a traditional meatless burger. If they're too wet, you'll have some tasty "sloppy joe" -- fine if you want a sloppy joe, but not if you're looking for the burger pictured above. :)