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} {Tags: , , , , , }