I recently had a delicious black bean burger while out and about with my kids. It seems that everyday since I had that burger I have been craving another one. I finally set out in my kitchen to make a homemade veggie black bean burger that would satisfy my craving.
I enjoy spicy foods but my children do not. I compromised on this recipe and made the black bean burger mild. I made up for the mild burger by creating a delicious chipotle sauce with a big kick to top my black bean burger. If you do not have to cater to those with a more tender pallet you can certainly spice these black bean burgers up by adding more chili powder or hot sauce. Even if you spice up your black bean burger I strongly recommend you make the chipotle chili sauce…it is awesome!
This is also an easy recipe to make in bulk ahead of time to prepare later, it freezes very well. This may be my new favorite dish…..for now!
What you need:
32 ounces of black beans (cooked and rinsed), 1/2 green bell pepper, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1 medium onion, 5 cloves of garlic, 2 eggs or equivalent egg replacement, 1 tablespoon (or more) chili powder, 2 tablespoons cumin, 1/2 cup bread crumbs (hot sauce if desired)
For the chipotle sauce: 16 ounces of plain greek yogurt (or sour cream) and 7 ounce chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
What you do:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly oil a baking sheet. In a medium bowl pat black beans with a cloth to remove excess moisture then use a fork to mash the beans until thick and pasty.
Place peppers, onion, and garlic in a food processor until chopped finely. As I did the with the beans I pat the diced veggies with a cloth to remove excess moisture.
Mix the veggies with the beans.
In a small bowl mix egg, chili powder, and cumin then add to bean and veggie mixture. Mix in the bread crumbs. Divide the mixture into patties. I usually make about 8-10. Place the patties on the baking sheet.
Bake about 10 minutes on each side. If you would like your burgers to be spicier add more chili powder or even chili sauce. As I mentioned, I like to keep my veggie black bean burgers mild so that my children can enjoy them. For the spice lover in me I make a chipotle sauce to serve on my burgers, it is a very easy and delicious sauce that gives me the heat that I desire.
If you would like to make the sauce you can mix it up while your burgers are baking in the oven. Place 8 the plain greek yogurt (or sour cream) and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in your food processor. Mix it until creamy. You may want to take a taste, if the sauce has too much heat add more yogurt.
Serve your burgers on a bun…
Or on a bed of lettuce…
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