Sunday, April 18, 2010

Black Bean Burgers

We eat vegetarian quite often, although when it comes to bbq, I can rarely pass up a juicy beef patty. Last night, I didn't even think twice.

These black bean burgers were just delicious. So much that I put two patties in mine.

My friend Chloe had made some some years ago for Simon's bday and I did what I could remember of her instructions, it probably has nothing to do with her original recipe except for the beans... memory can play many tricks on you - luckily, this tasted good.

Black Bean Burgers
makes 12 small patties

2 cans of black beans, rinsed, drained (one half mashed, set aside)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup caramelized onions
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
1 egg white
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
4 sundried tomatoes
3/4 cup grated manchego
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (with the stems)
1/4 cup cornmeal (breadcrumbs are good also, have some more handy just in case...)
1/2 lime, juiced
1 Tbsp sambal

In a blender or food processor, mix half the beans, half the red pepper, garlic, caramelized onion, spices, sundried tomatoes. Put into a large bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.

I recommend baking the patties in the oven first, then putting them on the grill so that they don't fall apart. Adjust the consistency with more or less cornmeal and seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve with more cilantro, caramelized onion, sour cream, guacamole. I made a yummy smokey tomato jam, it was perfect for it also.

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