Thursday, July 21, 2011

spicy black bean burgers

It's officially a heat wave here, as it is in much of the country, well North America.  And I'm probably in the minority of those who love this weather!  As far as I'm concerned, I could live with one season.  Summer.  As much as I love summer, I love spicy food.  The spicier the better! So when I happened upon these burgers, I had to put add them in my basket collection of recipes and make them stat! 

Generally, I go back and forth between veggie burgers and turkey burgers when making a homemade burger.  You need to make this burger.  Warm spicy black beans topped with a few slices of avocado, this is a burger that won't disappoint.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 T ground flax + 3 T water (egg substitute)
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T tomato sauce
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
avocado for topping
olive oil (or canola oil)  for frying burgers

Seed and chop jalapeno.  Mince garlic cloves.  Add to jalapeno.  
Add one can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and mash with potato masher.   Add cumin and salt and mash until mixture is combined, but still chunky. 
In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for five minutes.
Transfer the black bean mixture to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax and corn. Stir well until everything is combined. Add remaining black beans.
Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.

Serve burgers with your favourite burger toppings.  


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