SouthWest Black Bean Burgers - Yeeee-HA!
While all the carnivores in your life think they are inspiring guilt or barely containable longing when they brag about a good ol' burger, you're not fooled! You know that the joy of a patty on a bun is yours with this scrumptious recipe from Curry Girls Kitchen. The extra savory coating on the outside is a technique any burger lover will want to steal.
- 1/2—3/4 Cup canned black beans drained
- 1/2—3/4 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 Cup diced caramelized red bell peppers, onions, and garlic
- 1/2 Cup fresh ground toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) & sunflower seeds (adds a nice meaty taste)
- 1/4 Cup EACH minced cilantro and parsley
- 1/4 Cup Pecorino/Romano cheese OR dairy free vegan Parmesan
- 1/2 Cup crumbled goat or sheep feta (omit if vegan or intolerant to dairy)
- 1 tsp Spice Hunter’s Mexican seasonings or Six Seasonings
- ¼ tsp Chili pepper powder OR fresh chopped jalapeno to taste
- 1 small egg, beaten OR 1 TBL ground flaxseeds and 3 Tbl water, blend well.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Diced leftover roasted vegetables such as summer squash, corn hash, or sautéed mushrooms finely chopped.
- Coconut Oil for cooking burgers
To coat patties:
- 1/4 cup pecorino/Romano cheese OR dairy free Vegan Parma
- 1/2 cups fresh ground toasted pepitas & sunflower seeds**
- Mix and place in a shallow dish.
- Preheat pan on medium heat.
- In a large bowl, combine all patty ingredients and mix well. Once ingredients are incorporated, form mixture into 3-inch patties, or as you would for hamburgers. Dip patties into cheese/nut coating mixture on both sides.
- When pan is hot, add enough coconut oil to coat pan 1/4″. Brown patties for approximately 7-10 minutes per side or until brown and crisp. Store extra patties in small batches in freezer bags. Makes great snack or quick lunch, or served on a bed of lettuce or in a taco.
- Top with sliced avocados, red pepper hummus, and sprinkled with fresh chopped cilantro.
**Purchase raw nuts and seeds and toast them in a dry heated pan. Add a little sea salt and heat until brown on both sides. Watch carefully as they can burn easily. Make enough for this recipe plus a little more for snacking. They are delicious!