By Elizabeth Casalnova
A great vegetarian alternative to burgers are black bean burgers, which don’t taste like meat, but are delicious in their own way. I should note that this recipe is not vegan, because it uses an egg to bind the burger together. If you have 20 minutes on your hands, I would highly recommend trying this recipe out. These black bean burgers are packed with protein and nutrients and they taste amazing.
They’re not hard to make, but remember that the first patty may not turn out perfect, which is OK. It takes some getting used to. The ingredients are simple and staple pantry items, which are cost efficient and convenient.
-1 16-oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
-1/2 onion, minced
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 cup bread crumbs
-1 tbsp chili powder
-1 tbsp cumin
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
-Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a bowl, mash black beans with a fork until they’re pasty. For added texture, leave some beans whole or halved.
2. Next, mix in the onion, garlic and breadcrumbs until combined. Add seasonings and mix in the egg.
3. Roll in hands until it begins to take shape, then shape it like a patty and place on a pan over medium – high heat. Cook for about five to six minutes and flip. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used up.
4. Put the patty on a toasted bun with hummus, or enjoy it by itself!