When we tell people we’re eating less meat, we hear plenty of suggestions for what we should be eating. Mostly this involves various meat replacement products, like Chick’n patties or tofu burgers.
We scratched all of those items off our meal lists pretty quickly. Have you ever looked at what’s in them? Sodium is definitely there, for starters. As are lots of other unpronounceable and undesirable ingredients.
Some of these items aren’t bad in theory, just execution. Instead of caving to the Church of Boca, we whipped up our own version of black bean burgers, made with real vegetables and beans. And no B.S.
We served our burgers with steamed asparagus and a little sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Other tempting choices are Feaston’s grilled potatoes, our side for oven- fried chicken, or maybe some sweet potato fries.
This recipe is for our “pizza” version of these black bean burgers. We have a spicy version that’s pretty good, too (variation at the end of this post).
Here’s what you need:
- 1 – 16 oz. can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed/chopped/etc.
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
- Burger buns
- Provolone cheese
- Pasta/pizza sauce
- Basil leaves (optional)
Put the black beans in a large bowl and mash the crap out of them. The best tools are a fork and a potato masher. Then in a food processor, add the green pepper, onion and garlic. Pulse that well, but be careful not to overdo it. Incorporate that into the black beans.
In a small bowl, combine the egg and seasonings. Just whip it …. whip it good. Add that to the bean mixture as well, along with the bread crumbs. Mix together until no longer gloopy (technical term).
Divide the mixture into four patties.
Some people will tell you to bake or grill the patties. Honestly, we’ve found the best method is to pan fry them in a little oil of your choosing. They only need a few minutes per side to heat through and the oil gives them a nice crust.
To complete the “pizza” burger, place the patty on a bun and top with cheese and a bit of pizza sauce followed by basil leaves. Don’t use too much sauce, however – it’ll squirt out everywhere.
To make our spicy version of this patty, switch out the Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce for 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin and 1 tsp. hot sauce. This goes great with avocado slices and some spicy mayo. Yum!!
Got a suggestion for fixin’ up these patties? Leave us your recipe in the comments.