Burgers and fries are a favorite, but nine times out of ten, I’ll go for a veggie burger over a hamburger patty. And when you can go meatless and not miss the meat or the flavor, these are the meatless meals I love. This little recipe did the trick! After trying this, you won’t hear me say “Where’s the beef?” You millennials won’t get that.
My brother Denny first shared a similar black bean burger recipe with me. I remember him telling me about his little creation, how easy it was and how good it tasted! That was years ago, and it had been so long since I made a black bean burger. But I can tell you, it won’t be that long going forward–they are super easy to make, affordable, delicious, and packed with protein. Frozen meatless burgers can be expensive and they are a bit on the thin side. Make your own for pennies a patty, make them thick, and make them when you want to.
Like all recipes, this is a guideline for your tastes. If you want a spicier kick, throw in more cayenne. Or you can certainly add any other spice you want. Freezing the patties for a bit made a big difference. Don’t skimp on the condiments-you saved money on buying meat. Get a nice head of lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, plenty of cheese and mayo, fresh avocados, and enjoy!
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
- 1 can diced green chilies, drained
- 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (may add more or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- 1 egg
- Vegetable oil for browning
- Pour beans onto a plate and mash with a potato masher, leaving some whole and intact.
- Add in the green chilies and mix well.
- Sprinkle in bread crumbs and all spices and mix well.
- Add egg and stir well.
- Form into 4 patties-patties will be on the thick side. Lay patties on a plate and cover with wax paper. Chill in freezer for about 30-45 minutes.
- Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Remove patties from freezer and pan fry patties on each side for about at least 4-5 minutes or until a nice, deep brown color forms on the beans.
- Flip only once.
- Serve in a toasted whole wheat bun with melted cheese ( I like the Mexican blends), mayo, sliced tomato, and avocado.
- Goes great with chips and salsa, Spanish rice, and a green salad with a Chipotle spiced dressing. Give the cooked patties one last splash of cayenne pepper for a finishing bit of heat. Serve without the bun and plenty of salsa on top for a low carb alternative.