Black Bean Burgers

Searching the web, there are soooo many black bean burger recipes. These are delicious! Even my meat-eating daughters and grandchildren liked them!

INGREDIENTS

  • Black beans (obviously, right?) (I use the dry beans – controls salt and other unwantables. One package will do, or two if you are preparing for many. If you want, the canned beans are in any supermarket)
  • Oats – I like the old-fashioned oats better – they seem to absorb moisture better
  • Cornstarch – also adds to texture
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Seasonings

PREPARATION

I have a crockpot which makes the bean preparation easy if you’re using the dry beans. All you need to do is wash them off in the colander, place them in the crockpot and let them slow-cook overnight until they are tender. With a regular pot, rinse them thoroughly, place them in a pot and cover them with water. Let them soak overnight or for about 8 hours. Drain their soaking water. Cover them with more water and let them cook over medium heat for about three hours or until tender.

A food processor works well for this next part. Drain the beans in the colander of all the juice. If you bought canned beans, drain them. Place beans in the processor along with onion, peppers, celery, carrots and whatever veggie you choose cut in sizable chunks. Seasoning is to taste. For bulk items like this I like strong seasonings like curry, cumin, anything smoked and chili powder. (I added hot sauce and smoke seasonings to mine for just a little extra kick) Process them until the mixture is blended well.

Now of course if you’re not cooking for an army of folks, you can just mash the beans with a fork or potato masher and mix in the other ingredients with a large utensil or your fingers – just like you would with hamburger.

Transfer your mixture into a large bowl and begin adding oats and cornstarch. Stir in handfuls of oats and about 3 to 4 tablespoons of cornstarch at a time until you can pick up the mixture and easily form them into patties without the mixture sticking to your fingers. Add more of your fave seasonings. I cook by taste so since there’s no raw egg in the mixture, I add seasonings and taste til I’m satisfied. [Don’t worry, your burgers won’t taste like oatmeal 🙂 ]

Heat a frying pan on medium heat. Coat the bottom with vegetable oil, coconut oil or for less calories use cooking spray. Fry the burgers on each side just as you would a hamburger or hash browns. Eat alone, crumble in a casserole, or on a hamburger bun with tomato, ketchup and mustard.

DELICIOUS!!!

Note: You can use ANY bean to make bean burgers. I also make this recipe

with kidney beans. Experiment and enjoy!

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