Homemade 12 Bean Burgers and Better Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers


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After my deliciously successful first attempt at homemade black bean burgers based off a whole foods recipe, I decided to put homemade bean burgers into my regular rotation of easy meals.

Selling points:

  • Super quick to make!
  • Bean Burgers are made with common and easily stocked ingredients, like canned or dried beans, bread, eggs, and spices
  • You can make a large batch of burgers for a couple dollars!  Take that, fast food!
  • You can freeze extra burger patties for a quick meal
  • They taste great on a bed of fresh greens or mixed into a salad.  You can also crumble one up and use it as taco ‘meat’ in a pinch!


Homemade Bread Crumbs:

Toast several pieces of bread (your choice), optionally topped with some herbs or seasoning, until crisp and dry.  I did this by baking at 300 degrees for about 14 minutes.  Crumble cooled toast into fine pieces or use a food processor.

Part 1: 12 Bean Party Burgers:

For a party I was having, I decided to try a 12-bean burger.  I had a bag of mixed beans, including navy, great northern, kidney, pinto, chick pea, black beans, and more.

I followed the same basic recipe as before except that I made my own bread crumbs.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz bag of mixed beans, prepared (I cooked mine in a pressure cooker with 6-8 cups of water at pressure for 15-20 minutes, then drained.  You can also soak or quick cook them on the stove, but it will take longer than 30 minutes overall)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c diced leek
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs  (you can do these homemade by toasting and food processing your bread)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • a handful of fresh chopped basil
  • 1 jalepeno, diced, and/or hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serve on greens/in a salad, on a roll, or however you prefer!

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12 bean burger mix

 

Instructions

Prepare your beans if they were dried (pressure cooker/soaking/etc.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Partially mash beans with a fork in a large bowl.
Separately saute garlic, leek, and jalapeno until leek is tender, in a little oil.
Toast bread for 10 minutes or so in the oven with various herb/garlic seasonings to make bread crumbs.  Crumble.
Add eggs, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic/leek/jalapeno, salt, and pepper to the bowl.
Mix well to combine then shape into approximately 30 sliders, or 8-10 larger bean burgers.
Lightly oil the bottom of a baking pan
Arrange patties and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through, depending on size
Serve as desired.

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12 bean burger sliders baking

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12 bean burger sliders

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Party burgers! Served with greens, cherry tomatoes, baguette slices, and salsa!

 

Part 2: Better Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers

This is the remix.

I highly recommend starting with this recipe, though it’s changes were minor (homemade bread crumbs, fresh herbs, sauteed mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce), they made a significant difference in the burgers.  These were amazing!

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz bag of black beans, prepared (I cooked mine in a pressure cooker with 6-8 cups of water at pressure for 15-20 minutes, then drained.  You can also soak or quick cook them on the stove, but it will take longer than 30 minutes overall)  You can also use 2-3 15 oz cans of low sodium black beans.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c diced leek
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs  (you can do these homemade by toasting and food processing your bread)
  • a handful of fresh oregano

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    fresh picked oregano

  • a handful of fresh chopped basil
  • a handful of fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 8-10 button mushrooms, diced (as many as you like, really.. you can play with the ratio of beans to mushrooms here!)
  • hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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black bean burger ingredients: Egg, bread crumbs, leek, mushrooms, garlic, black beans

Instructions

Prepare your beans if they were dried (pressure cooker/soaking/etc.)

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Drained rinsed black beans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Partially mash beans with a fork in a large bowl.
Separately saute garlic, leek, and mushrooms in a little oil.

Toast bread for 10 minutes or so in the oven with various herb/garlic seasonings to make bread crumbs.  Crumble.
Add eggs, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic/leek/mushrooms, salt, and pepper to the bowl.
Mix well to combine then shape into approximately 10 larger bean burgers.

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black bean burger patties

Lightly oil the bottom of a baking pan
Arrange patties and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through, depending on size.

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black bean burger patties cooking

Serve as desired.

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black bean burger on toast with avocado and cherry tomatoes

 

May 24, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Cocktail: Ginger Fruit Spritzer


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Leftover fruit salad?  Check.
Bottle of (cheap?) Champagne? Check.

Now all you need is a bottle of awesome ginger liqueur!  This bottle of Domaine de Canton isn’t the cheapest, at about $30 a bottle, but it goes a long way, and is great for making innovative cocktails.  A little sweet ginger liqueur is also great to spruce up a glass of white wine.

This cocktail really was the result of some leftover fruit salad from a party, combined with my ginger addiction.  It turned out to be delicious!

Ingredients:
1 part Canton Ginger Liqueur
2 parts Champagne (or sparkling wine)
spoonful of fruit salad (or any chopped sweet fruits)

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Ginger fruit spritzer: Champagne, Ginger Liqueur, fresh fruit

Add all ingredients to a glass.  Optionally garnish with a spring of mint.

Refreshing and slightly sweet!

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Ginger Fruit Spritzer!

May 23, 2011
Drink, Recipe

 
 

Sweet Potato-curried vegetables


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This post is more of a concept post than a recipe.
I make a lot of stir fries as I’m a big fan of one-pot meals.  I don’t necessarily mean you cook it in one pot only (though that would be ideal), but rather that everything in the meal is combined into one dish.  Not a main part with sides, etc.

The idea behind this post is that you can make a creamy curry-esque dish that is low fat, without the cream, by using something as simple as yams or sweet potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Fennel
  • Green beans
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic, Ginger, Leek (the Trifecta of Awesomeness)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Rosemary
  • Optional lentils
  • Curry seasonings: Curry powder, paprika, turmeric, salt, pepper, garam masala etc.
  • Hot sesame oil

Directions:

Saute the garlic, and leek in a wok with some hot sesame oil if you have it.  If not, use another oil for frying (grapeseed oil for instance).

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sauteed vegetables

Add your vegetables (any vegetables will do, it’s a stir fry/curry.  I used green beans, zucchini and fennel, because that’s what I had).
Add ginger and continue to saute, adding curry seasonings of your preference, until crispy but cooked.

 

In the meantime, boil  or use a pressure cooker to cook some sweet potatoes or yams, optionally adding a sprig of fresh rosemary for flavor.  In this instance I added some red lentils to the batch, but for some reason they turned out not to be red at all after cooking.  Not sure what happened.

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Boiled sweet potatoes and lentils with rosemary

Once soft, mash the potatoes / lentils into a creamy texture.

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sweet potato mash

Combine the mash with the sauteed vegetables and serve.

The mashed yams are sweet and creamy in texture.  It’s just a twist on an everyday stir fry or curry recipe.   Yum!

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sweet potato-curried vegetables

May 9, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Calypso Waffles


 

A dear friend recently acquired a waffle iron. I don’t like to measure stuff, but with baking types of recipes, you must or things will fail. Here is my waffle recipe!!

Start by plugging in and turning on your waffle iron, probably to the highest setting or 75-80% HOT!! I’m still experimenting with waffles, but my Dad told me to make it hot!! :p

In two separate bowls, combine the following wet and dry ingredients:

Dry Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup flaxseed*
1 tsp sea salt
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
a handful of sliced almonds*

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Silk almond milk (you can use regular milk or a milk substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract**
1/3 cup oil (butter, grapeseed, olive)

*optional
**I’d like to try almond extract

Now, whisk them together in a large bowl. I spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush it with oil (grapeseed oil or olive oil). Put about 2/3 cup of batter in the middle of the waffle iron and close the “lid.” The batter is moderately thick, so I think 4 1/2 – 5 minutes did the trick. This should make about 4-5 8-inch circular waffles. Rule of thumb: Cook waffles until the steam stops rising from the iron. You can also judge by the color.

Wtf is a Calypso Waffle?

 
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Bite sized pineapple and plantains

That’s simple. While you’re waiting for the waffles to finish cooking, sauté about a cup of diced pineapple and 1 diced plantain  in a skillet. Try bite sized pieces. I used butter. It’s good 🙂 They are done when the plantains take a nice golden color. Slightly brown is okay 🙂

This was my second time making this recipe. I added fresh mint to the saute. I also realized, after the fact, that I had a mango in the refrigerator 🙁 Maybe next time.

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Waffles before it's calypsofied 🙂

When you’re ready to serve, top your waffle with Chobani Greek yogurt and the calypso fruit mixture. I added a little maple syrup.

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Calypso Waffles

I have no words for this creation. I was very pleased and we even had leftovers. These waffles freeze well. Don’t be afraid to save them for later use. Try other toppings. I love:

peanut butter
nutella
ice cream
whipped cream
strawberries
blueberries
to name a few 🙂

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Calypso Waffles


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Tomato, Feta and Mint (or basil) salad


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A delicious side dish, salad, or appetizer, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and mint or basil pair amazingly well together.

I suppose this is one more Greek Week” dish, due to the feta cheese involved.

Ingredients:

  • Cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

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    Halved grape/cherry tomatoes

  • Feta cheese, cut into small cubes

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    Feta cheese slices

  • Fresh mint or basil, chopped
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt, pepper

Combine all ingredients and serve as a salad.

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Tomato, Feta, Mint salad

Or, turn this into a cute appetizer by using toothpicks to spear a half a tomato, a small cube of feta, and a leaf of mint or basil.  Arrange on a tray for a beautiful and delicious finger food!

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Feta, Tomato, and Mint salad served with vegetable sweet potato curry

May 6, 2011
Food, Recipe