Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger by jannihowell

Black Bean Burger, a photo by jannihowell on Flickr.
We have been eating a little healthier at our house lately, and cutting back a lot on the meat we eat.  We tried this recipe and it is definitely a keeper!  If my 16 year old boy likes them, than that says a lot.  He came home from skiing one day and was trying to find something to eat.  I had made a double batch and froze what we didn’t eat.  He popped one reluctantly in the fry pan (another interesting healthy food)  to warm up and ended up getting another one out to eat.  The next day after school he had another one for a snack.  Put them on a toasted bun with some lettuce, tomatoes and the usual burger condiments, and you won’t miss the beef at all.

We watched a movie that has changed our way of thinking about food dramatically.  We have been wanting to improve the way we eat for some time, and we really do eat pretty healthy, but felt it was time to do even better.  A friend told me about this movie and our family watched it together.  It has motivated us and we have been trying some new recipes.  I love cheese!  This has been the hardest to give up, but surprisingly, I don’t even crave it anymore.   It is so nice when we are all on the same page, it makes meal planning and cooking so much easier.  I have the most awesome family!  They have been a great support to me in all my ideas and quests to improve our health.

You can watch the movie trailer here or watch it on  Netflix.  It is called “Forks over Knives”.  It really makes you think about what you are putting in your body.  Check it out!

Anyway, here is the recipe for the Black Bean Burgers.  The directions are written to use with your Blendtec blender, but you can just use a regular blender or food processor.

Makes 4 patties.  I usually double the recipe.

▪    1/2 cup rolled oats
▪    1 Chunk onion, approx. 2 Tbsp
▪    1 Med carrot, halved
▪    1/2 Bell Pepper
▪    1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained and divided
▪    2 Tbsp water
▪    1 Tsp Cumin
▪    1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
▪    1/4 Tsp Kosher Salt
▪    Cooking oil to grease pan

Add oats to blender jar and secure lid.  Press “Speed Up” until the blender reaches speed 5.  Run cycle for 20 seconds and press “Pulse” to stop the blender.  Add oat flour to mixing bowl and set aside. 
Add onion, carrot, bell pepper to the blending jar.  Add enough water to cover the vegetables, secure lid and press “Pulse” 8 to 10 times.  Pour chopped vegetables over a fine mesh strainer. 
Press out liquid and then add the chopped vegetables to mixing bowl. 
Add 1/2 cup black beans to mixing bowl.  Add remaining beans, 2 tablespoons water and seasonings to the jar. 
Secure lid and select “Sauces.”  Add bean blend to mixing bowl and incorporate with other ingredients. 
Allow mix to sit while the skillet heats up. 
Grease the skillet and scoop approximately 1/2 cup of mix per patty and flatten with back of spoon.  Cook patties on a medium heat until heated through.
Serve on toasted bun or by themselves with a green salad.
yummy, yum!
I like to make up a double batch and freeze some.  They make great quick snacks and another easy quick meal!

If you have any great ideas. tips for eating a plant based diet, or any great resources to share, please comment below.
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  • AllieMarch 9, 2012 - 10:12 pm

    These are yummy!!ReplyCancel

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