Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Better Black Bean Burger

I've made Black Bean Burgers before, but these are better! Eric even said they had a "meaty" texture and, maybe even a little bit of a "meaty" flavor! Vegetarian or not, you'll like this one. It's delicious and nutritious. And yes, the two patties with the guacamole are enough to keep you quite full.


(makes 2 servings)
1 avocado, half diced, half smashed
a handful of grape tomatoes, diced
1/4 small red onion, diced
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
pinch salt
pinch pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Black Bean Burgers
(makes 2 servings)
1/2 small red onion, diced (very small)
1/2 green pepper, diced (very small)
1/2 cup artichoke hearts, diced (in water, not oil or marinated)
1 - 2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 (15 oz) can low sodium black beans
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1. Saute onions, and peppers for a few minutes until caramelized (they'll turn a little brownish). Set aside.

2. Add half the black beans, and all the artichoke hearts to a small food processor. Pulse until the mixture is a paste-like consistency (or mash with a fork if you don't have a processor).

3. Mix black bean paste, remaining black beans, onions/pepper mixture, taco seasoning, and bread crumbs in a bowl. When well mixed, form 4 patties.

4. Heat frying pan over medium heat. Add two patties at a time. Cook until browned, and/or heated through (about 3 minutes per side). If your pan isn't non-stick, be sure to use oil or cooking spray.

5. Plate two patties per person, top with Guacamole. Add salsa, low fat sour cream, or fat-free Greek yogurt, if you'd like.

6. Enjoy!

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