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

 
 

Homemade Black Bean Burgers


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After having a surprisingly delicious and homemade-tasting black bean burger (smothered in guacamole) at Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, Maryland, I decided I should attempt to recreate such a tasty burger alternative.

Then I forgot about it.

Until Whole Foods sent me my periodic email with recipes and photos in it, one of which happened to be for a black bean burger.

Here’s my recipe:

Serves 6-8

These easy-to-assemble burgers can be shaped ahead of time and cooked off when you’re ready to eat.

Ingredients

2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained  **note, most beans are high in sodium (450+ mg/serving.  You can get healthier brands with 150mg or so for just a 20-30 cents more per can.. it’s worth it!)
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
Salt and pepper to taste

Rolls/burger buns/or serve over lettuce or greens
Hot sauce to taste
Endive (or lettuce), sliced tomato
Avocado mash/guacamole:  as much avocado as you want, mashed with fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder

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black bean burger patties

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a pan with
Drain beans and mash partially with a fork in a large bowl.
Separately saute garlic, leek, and jalapeno until leek in a little oil.
Add eggs, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic/leek/jalapeno, salt, and pepper to the bowl.
Mix well to combine then shape into 6-8 patties.  (more if you are making sliders)
Line a baking pan with foil, and lightly oil the bottom.
Arrange patties, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Transfer to buns, top with endives, tomatoes, avocado and serve.

Thoughts

The only thing with baking is that it doesn’t make the burger crisp.  You could probably pan fry them to get that texture.  I personally think we overcooked the patties a little because they were slightly dry, but they could have used a little tomato mixed into the burgers, which I’ll try next time, and maybe a little more spice/kick to them.

We enjoyed these burgers along side an old favorite: Broccoli and white bean soup !  (oh, and a Bloomingdale Cocktail)

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Black bean burger with broccoli and white bean soup

 

The original recipe from whole foods follows:

Whole foods black bean burger recipe/comments

As many of the comments recommended, I halved the amount of bread crumbs.
Rather than fry the burgers, I baked them.  Less oil, less crumbling.
Rather than mash the beans  completely into a paste, I left them partially-mashed, with some beans nearly intact.
I also didn’t add onion, but substituted leek as I almost always do.
The recipe says it serves six with one can of beans, but I used two cans (to make extras, great for leftovers) and got two LARGE burger patties and 4 smaller patties out of it.  I’m not sure how they got six from one can.. either they were more like ‘sliders’ or the extra bread crumbs did it.

March 29, 2011
Food, Recipe