Black Bean Patties with Corn Relish and Avocado Cream

October 17, 2011 · 38 comments

in beans and legumes,healthy,mexican/tex-mex,vegetarian

When you’re into food, whether or not you’re a food blogger, your Christmas and birthday wishlists tend to feature some odd things. In the past, mine have featured everything from a cast iron skillet (which my husband dragged home from work on the train, in his bag, so I wouldn’t see it when he got home) to a homemade light box I was too lazy to make myself.

This year, I’m asking for a squeeze bottle.

Because avocado cream looks much better when you make pretty lines with it using a squeeze bottle, rather than just plop it down. Know what I mean?

We’ve been eating a lot more vegetarian meals lately and, while I do add them to the weekly menu, this one actually came about because I had forgotten to thaw something for dinner. We didn’t have any buns, so I decided rather than make black bean burgers, we’d have patties with accouterments (I try to use that word as often as possible).

I made the patties similarly to others I’ve made in the past. I added a roasted red pepper, because I like that combination when I make our favorite vegetarian enchiladas. I wanted something crisp and cool for the topping, so I opted for a corn relish and avocado cream.  Fresh corn would be great when making this dish, but I missed the window, so I just used some thawed, frozen corn, which worked perfectly fine. I also used jarred roasted peppers because I had some in my fridge but feel free to roast fresh ones.

I added less chipotle than I normally would when making these, because there was already jalapeno in the relish, and I wanted to make sure Zachary would eat these (he did, but even if he didn’t, he ate his weight in sweet potato fries, anyway). Feel free to increase the amount if you want more spice.

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Angie October 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

Squeeze bottles? Reminds me of The Delicious Dish and asking for a funnel. :-)


vanillasugarblog October 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

I am a corn relish junkie. No really.
I love the stuff.
and paired with that avocado cream?


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Joanne October 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

Well you know I’m all about the veg meals! I love black bean burgers, especially when they are covered with such fun condiments!


Jessica October 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

2 points for the use of the word “accouterments”.

I literally can not wait to make these!! (Literally, these will be my dinner tonight!)


Nicole, RD October 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’ve been trying to do more vegetarian meals, as well. And to be honest, I’m loving it! So creative :) This one looks great…I look forward to trying it!

I love the story about your hubby and the cast iron skillet…mostly because I know how insanely heavy they are!


Brianna October 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

haha, I love it. One of my husband’s gifts to me last year was a silicone pastry brush because I was tired of using a spoon to sloppily spread melted butter on things. And it made my day. This looks like a really flavorful dish, by the way. We’re trying to eat more vegetarian meals as well; this is going on the list!


Laura October 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This looks so delicious, Elly! I’ve been into black beans alot more lately. Great for a quick lunch on the weekends!


Mary R October 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I just made these for lunch (but using Lucas Volger’s recipe for Sofrito Black Bean Burgers), and was blown away…and that was with substituting spinach for the cilantro in the relish (I ran out!) and using yogurt in the cream!

This will definitely find its way into the permanent menu rotation at my house.


elly October 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

That was quick, Mary! Glad you liked the dish – I will definitely be checking out the sofrito black bean burgers recipe because it sounds delicious!


Cara October 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Good call on the squeeze bottle. I should add that to my list as well :) These sound great, Elly!


Jessy October 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Elly these look awesome! I can’t wait to try them.


Claudie October 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I’m glad you forgot to thaw that thing for dinner: I really like this recipe you came up with :) I’m sure my hubby will love it too!


bellini October 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

I am getting into eating more and more vegetarian meals these days as well. It just makes me feel healthier although I couldn’t give up meat altogether:D


angela@spinachtiger October 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Isn’t it true that the most simple thing can be so important, and I’m loving the idea right now of some avocado cream.


Banana Wonder October 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

What a fantastic recipe! I will have to make these patties and avo cream soon. You should ask Santa for a squeeze bottle for xmas.


Christin October 19, 2011 at 6:03 am

I can eat my weight in sweet potato fries too. The Black Bean Burgers look wonderful. My husband won’t eat avocado, but maybe I could get him to eat avocado cream.


Ranjani October 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

This pretty much looks like the perfect meal to me!


ErinsFoodFiles October 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm

What a colorful, delicious looking meal!


Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm

This would make for a tasty and healthy meal!


sharon November 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm

yummy will try this one thanks


Nikki December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

These are amazing! I didn’t use a squirt bottle either, and instead used a zipper bag. But, next time I’m just going to dollop the cream on top of the relish because that was a pretty presentation, too! :)


elly December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

So glad you liked them, Nikki!


Krissy@DaintyChef March 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Elly- these are so great! We just finished them for dinner. Hopefully I get a good picture so I can share the goodness with my readers :)


elly March 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Awesome, glad you liked them, Krissy!


Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab March 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I finally got around to making these, they’re delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!


Leaf November 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Delicious! I just had these patties for dinner and they were excellent. I replaced the sour cream with Greek yogurt, eliminated the spicy elements but added a pinch of cayenne to the relish. Although I halved the recipe I still added two cans of beans to pump up the fiber and bean flavor.

Thank you so much sharing!


Ali (Solano's Kitchen) January 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Loved these! Thanks for the great recipe!!


elly January 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

You’re welcome – glad you liked them!


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