NOTE: My post will go live on May 23rd at 10am. Sorry for the delay!! ~ Jennifer
How are you! I thought Monday would be a crappy day, but it didn’t turn out to bad. Yah!! Hmmm, so work went well, but dinner, hit or miss, not to sure, you tell me. My Husband wasn’t feeling well, so he said to have a fend for yourself night. I love my fend for yourself nights. This is when I can get creative and make things I normally wouldn’t make.
This weekend I was going through my Woman’s Health Magazine and I saw a recipe in there for Black Bean Burgers. I read the ingredients and thought, why not make them? It has peppers, onions, beans, carrots, oatmeal and I threw in a jalapeno, whats not to like? All my favorites in a patty. Here is how they turned out!
I have never had a black bean burger or a veggie burger so I am not sure how the texture is supposed to be. These burgers were easy to make, just place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. They turned out very moist. I couldn’t scoop them into a shape, so I plopped them onto my aluminum foil and shaped them into a patty. They kind of look like cow pie! You know poop! What a horrible way to describe my dinner. But I speak the truth!
I was originally going to cook them in a skillet, but seeing how moist they are, I figured I’ll follow the directions and cook them on the grill. All you do is place the patty on aluminum foil, sprayed with cooking spray and cook each side for 5 minutes. I cooked the first side for 7 minutes and had a horrible time trying to flip them. But I did manage to flip. The outer part of the burger was crispy, which is nice, but the center was still very moist. Is that how a black bean burger is supposed to be? I cooked the other side for 5 minutes. Placed on a bun and topped with guacamole and a tomato.
I guess the real test is the flavor. I took my first bite of my first ever black bean patty and my thought was mmmm, it’s good! But as I took a bite, part of the burger fell out of my bun. This is the most juicy burger I ever had. But juicy in a weird way. I don’t know how to describe the flavor, it had a pinch of heat from the jalapeno and I loved the flavor of the onions and peppers in it. Would I make this again? Probably, but I need to find a way to make it more firm. Maybe not blend it so much? What do you think? How could I make this burger better? I need your help!!
- 1½ cups black beans, canned, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup sweet bell pepper, sliced
- ⅓ cup onion, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup carrot, shredded
- ½ jalapeno pepper, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup quick cooking oats
- 2½ tsp. canola oil
- ½ tsp. cumin
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. About 2 -3 minutes. Form into 4 patties.
- Heat grill on medium heat, meanwhile, lightly spray aluminium foil with cooking spray, place the foil to the grill. Add the burgers to the foil, and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes per side.
- Optional: To serve, add burger to a whole wheat bun and top burger with a slice of tomato and guacamole.
Ok, so here is your homework for the week. Make black bean burgers and tell me how to make mine better! I love the flavor, I love how easy it is and I love the calories. So how do I make this not so mushy?
Now that I gave you homework, I shall let you go. Time for me to have a little dessert tonight! Have a wonderful Tuesday and just think 4 more work days till a long weekend. Do you have Monday off? Big plans for Memorial Day? I have nothing planned as of yet, but we shall see.