Tasty Tuesday: Black Bean Burgers

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Guys, these burgers... were incredible.
I'm a big meat fan. So is Hunter.
But, we both really enjoyed these meatless burgers!
They were the right amount of salty and spicy and surprisingly really filling!
Not only did they taste good... but they were beyond cheap!
I made 10 burgers for about $5. 
They freeze super well, so I now have something ready for dinner any day I don't feel like cooking!
I read somewhere that skipping out on meat at least once a week is a good idea for your health.
So, I'm going to be trying that from now on!
Here's the recipe for this healthy and delicious dinner!

-2 cans back beans rinsed (semi dried)
-1 can whole corn rinsed (semi dried)
-1/4 cup diced onion
-3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
-1 small can green chilies
-1 clove chopped garlic
-1 cup Panko or regular bread crumbs
-Whole wheat buns
-1 egg
-salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp. Paprika
-1 tsp. Cajun seasoning (optional)
-A bit of pickled jalepeno juice (totally optional, but I loved the spice it added!)

1) Heat some olive oil on a skillet. Once it's hot add your bell pepper and onion with a few shakes of salt. Saute until slightly tender. When just about done add your garlic as well.
2) Rinse your beans in a strainer then pat dry with a paper towel. The more moisture you get out, the better. Do the same to your canned corn. Add to medium bowl.
3) Add green chilies, egg, seasonings (I also added a little seasoning salt and garlic salt), and sauteed mixture to the bowl.
4) Mix it up. I used my kitchenaid and it worked great. You could probably also use a food processor, blender, beaters, or even a fork. I mixed until all ingredients were well combined.
5) Add your bread crumbs and mix on a low speed until combined. The consistency should be a very thick paste. Not runny. If it seems runny, just add more panko or bread crumbs. This is also when I added the jalepeno juice.
6) Spray your hands with non stick spray and pat mixture into patties. Put onto wax paper.
7) Freeze for at least an hour. I did about two and it was great. (you could probably skip this step but they stay together much better when cooking if chilled/frozen)
8) Heat a skillet with non stick spray and cook about 5 minutes on each side or until middle is hot and both sides are browned and crispy.
9) Serve on whole wheat buns with all the toppings your want!
10) Freeze remaining patties on wax paper and take directly out for an easy, already made, dinner!

There Ya have it!
I loved this dinner and was surprised that Hunter did too!
The second day we had them they had been frozen longer and were quite a bit easier to cook and held together quite a bit better.
The second day we also made a little homemade chipotle mayo!
Next time, I think I'll add some pepper jack cheese!

What are your favorite meatless recipes?
Let me know in the comments!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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