First, a little TCB/taking care of business. I’m working on bringing Eat to the Beat back. I think it will be a quarterly thing where I make a deadline every 3 months or so. If you miss that deadline, your entry will just roll over to the next round-up. I’ve just been lazy about posting it, but I promise to do that soon. So, get your thinking caps on! I’m so excited to see everyone’s submissions, so I hope you will all take part!
Now for a little BBB (black bean burger, that is). I admit that it is very, very rare for me to make a dinner that doesn’t have some sort of meat in it. Tom and I are the epitome of carnivores. Even when I make something like spinach pie, I make a piece of grilled chicken (or something) to eat with it. It’s not only about taste and being full, but also making sure I eat enough protein. So, when I told Tom I was making black bean burgers he was (rightfully) perplexed. “On a Thursday?” he asked (assuming the reason had to do with lent, or some other day of the week where people don’t eat meat, I guess).
The truth is, I am trying to use what I have around and well, I always have a can of beans or two around. What I didn’t have around was any thawed meat. I was looking around and saw two recipes from Cooking Light for black bean patties/burgers so I decided to take that idea and adapt both a little for what is below.
These turned out quite tasty. I thought the patties were pretty small and wouldn’t fill me up but I guess the fiber in the beans, mixed with the bun (and the huge salad I had) did because I was stuffed. I topped these with a little salsa, some habanero cheddar (from Whole Foods and oh so tasty) and a dollop of sour cream.
Black Bean Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/4 cup grated or finely diced onion
1/4 cup cornmeal
salt and pepper to taste
Place about 1/4 of the can of beans and the egg in a food processor and pulse until combined.
In a bowl, place the remaining beans and mash lightly with a fork. Stir in processed beans, jalapeno, oregano, cumin, garlic, onion, cornmeal and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until just combined.
Form the mixture into 4 patties. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat and spray with cooking oil. Cook the patties approximately 3 minutes per side or until browned and heated through.
Nutritional Information (patties only): Calories: 130 / Fat: 1.9g / Carbs: 21.4g / Fiber: 6.1g / Protein: 7.7g