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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Spicy black bean "burgers"


Spicy black bean patties

I already have a recipe for black bean veggie burgers, and I am very happy with them. Sometimes you want something different though.  You want a different taste or texture.  So I wrote this recipe.  It is easy, in fact it is super easy.  And it tastes really good too.  
I made just a single recipe, and it gave me 4 good sized burgers.  As I was forming them, I realized these would make really good "meat" balls for spaghetti.  I will try that this week and report back.
The main thing to remember with this recipe is to allow enough time to soak the sunflower seeds for a couple hours.  Otherwise it is very cut and dry.  I hope you give them a try and report back to me your results. 

Ingredients:

1/4c soaked, unsalted raw sunflower seeds, drained  (do this about 2 hours before you start this recipe)
1 14.5 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed, divided in half (put half of the beans in a big bowl, the other half will go into the food processor.)
5 large cremini mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
1/2c panko bread crumbs (make sure they are oil free)
1/4c unbleached flour (yes, you can use wheat flour)
2 tsp. mushroom powder (ground up dried mushrooms) or veggie stock powder
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons corn starch (or tapioca, or sweet potato starch)
1/2-1 tsp. chipotle powder

In a food processor, combine all of the above (only half of the beans).  Pulse in the food processor until it is chunky smooth.  Don't blend, just pulse.  You want it to be more chunky than chunky peanut butter.
When you are happy with the texture (think chunky) scrape out the blend into your whole beans.  With a spatula, stir and mix the whole beans and blended until the mixture is combined well.
Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. (you can let it go longer too)
Remove from fridge and form into 4 equal balls.  Squish them into patties.
You can bake these in a 400* oven, flipping after 20 minutes and cooking an additional 10-15 minutes.  I like to dry fry them though.  They get a great crust. So in a large, nonstick pan, over medium high heat, place the patties.  DO NOT FUSS OVER THEM.  Just let them cook.  After about 7-10 minutes, they will be ready to turn.  Cook another 10 minutes.  You can control how crispy on the outside you want them.  I like a nice crust.  Serve on your favorite bun and fixings.  They taste wonderful and hold together really well.
I hope you try this and enjoy.  Make a double batch and freeze them raw, then cook whenever you want a good black bean burger. :)


5 comments:

  1. hi Michael! If I want to make these in to balls... how would you cook them?

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  2. I bake them. I baked for about 25 minutes, then checked. Depends on how big the balls are. Start at 25 min. Then you can finish cooking in the sauce if you want.

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  3. I would like to make these without mushrooms. Would you recommend to just omit, or if I sub more beans, how much would you suggest?

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    1. yes, leave them out. You could add more onions. The mushrooms add moistness, so you want to replace that with something else that also does. So about another 1/2 onion chopped fine.

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    2. yes, leave them out. You could add more onions. The mushrooms add moistness, so you want to replace that with something else that also does. So about another 1/2 onion chopped fine.

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