My husband asked for Black Bean Burgers this past week ~ and I’m not against black beans at all… I just love a really GOOD burger.
But I rarely eat burgers. In fact … it takes me an act of congress to get me to buy meat in general.
So I asked him what inspired his idea for Black Bean Burgers Sunday night at dinner and he said “I saw them at Costco. But I knew that you could probably make them because you can make everything. Plus .. it’s cheaper.”
So on we go – Black Bean Burgers were a hit – even with the kids. Who had no idea that burgers were really made with meat (normally). They think they are made of black beans. Which is good 😉 We’ll keep it right there for now.
Costco sells Organic S&W Black Beans in Bulk – they are a great pantry staple to have, even if you don’t particularly care for eating canned items. If you are in a pinch, it’s just easier to open a can than soak and cook beans.
- 2 cans of Black Beans, drained
- 1 C. Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 C. Onion, grated
- 1 large Egg
- 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tbsp Hot Sauce
- Drain the black beans and pour into a bowl (do not rinse). Mash with a fork.
- You want to mash well until they are broken up, but leave some whole beans visible too.
- Add the bread crumbs, onion, egg and chili powder - stir in hot sauce until combined and let the mixture sit while you prepare the skillet.
- Heat a tablespoon or two of Olive Oil into a skillet on medium-low.
- Form the mixture into patties - note that they will NOT shrink like hamburger patties usually do.
- Place carefully in the skillet and cook 5 minutes on one side.
- Flip, and let cook for 4-5 minutes on the other side.
- Add cheese to the top of each (if desired) and top with the lid on the saucepan to give the cheese a chance to melt.
- In the meantime, prepare your hamburger buns (regular, or toasted) along with condiments - onions, tomatoes, mayo, ketchup).
- The number of burgers you will get depends on how small or large you make them - around 4-6 in most cases.
- If you are allergic to eggs, or as an egg replacement, use 1 Tbsp of Ground Flax + 3 Tablespoons of water (let sit 3-4 minutes before pouring in).
- OR you can use 1 Tbsp of Ground Chia with 3 Tbsp of water and let sit 4-5 minutes. Both are great to use as a binder in lieu of the egg.
Serve them on rolls – and if you prefer making your own rolls, you can do what we did and use these Sweet Potato Rolls for buns. They are DELICIOUS – butter each side and put on the griddle for a bit, then top with your burger.
If you aren’t sure if your kids will eat them, just give it a whirl ~ my boys were desperate for burgers so we piled on tomatoes and onions, ketchup too – halfway through the burger, the oldest one said “man Mom this is awesome!”
My 4 year old said “hey wait! I found a BEAN in my burger!” … followed by “oh… wait”… look of confusion at this point – his face twisted up really weird and he says…”I see lots of them in here. Mom, do you know there are black colored beans in here?”
To which my husband responded “You found them?! That’s what they put in ALL burgers … I can’t believe you didn’t know that!” 🙂