Saturday, May 1, 2010

Black Bean Burgers

After being a vegetarian for a year in high school, I am sensitive to the needs of vegetarians and vegans. You have to take in enough protein a day, but you want to make it taste good and SATISFYING. I mean come on, garden salads and tofu only go so far. These burgers are big and filling (especially with all the fiber) and tasty! Add in more hot sauce, if you want to do a spicy version. I just knew I would be sharing these with people who aren't hot sauce fans. :) I added in a few carrots for more texture.


Ingredients (makes 3 patties):
-1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-salt and pepper to taste
-Siracha, or any other hot sauce, to taste. I only used about 1 teaspoon.
-5 carrot sticks (optional, but good for more texture)
-1/2 cup bread crumbs
-1 egg

1. In a food processor or blender, blend together the beans, garlic, s & p, hot sauce and carrots. Mix well, until it becomes a paste-like texture.
2. In a bowl, mix in the egg. This will help to bind the ingredients together while cooking.
3. Add in breadcrumbs until the mixture holds together well.
4. In a pan, heat for 3-4 minutes on each side on medium high heat.

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