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Memorial Day Meatless Monday: Black Bean Burgers w/ Sweet Potato Fries & Grilled Veggies

May 30, 2011

It’s a day of remembrance, and I’d like to take a moment to remember my husband’s grandparents. His maternal grandmother passed away when he was very young, and his maternal grandfather left us last year. In addition, both of his paternal grandparents passed within a few days of each other almost 4 years ago. These were good people, and they made the world a better place simply by being in it. We miss them dearly!

Memorial Day is typically a big BBQ day; a day for burgers and grilled food.  I love burgers too, but why not stick by our meatless mantra, throw some veggies on the grill and have a black bean burger instead??? There are a million recipes out there for veggie burgers, but this one is perfect! I found it on Allrecipes.com and chose it because it had more than 1200 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. It was tried & true, so I knew I had to give it a chance. I did change a couple of things though.  The burgers were beyond tasty, and totally meat-like. My husband approved, and my kids devoured their burgers.  We used high-quality whole wheat buns, and topped our burgers with raw cheddar cheese, local lettuce, homemade guacamole, and sliced jalapenos. Wow!

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and sliced in to sections (or green peppers, whatever you like)
  • ½ onion, cut into chunks
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • ½ – ¾ c. quick-cooking oatmeal (I used the larger portion)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop carrots, onion, and garlic. **I found it helpful to squeeze out as much moisture from this mix to better hold the burgers together** Then stir into the mashed beans.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, chili powder, and cumin.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the mashed beans, and then mix in oats (in increments) until the mixture is sticky and holds together.  Divide into 4 patties.
  5. *According to the recipe, you can cook these several ways. If grilling, grill over high heat on a lightly oiled sheet of aluminum foil – about 8 minutes on each side.  If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes on each side.  I heated olive oil in a cast iron skillet and cooked them on the stove top over medium heat for 5-8 minutes on each side.
  6. Dress however you like & enjoy!!!

For the veggies: Toss the sliced peppers (and any other veggies you see fit) in a bit of olive oil, and brush the corn cobs with oil, and set directly on the grill. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until desired tenderness. Season with salt & pepper and serve!

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  1. May 31, 2011 6:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing a bit about your family’s history. Yes, definitely should remember how they made this world a better place. 🙂

    I love veggie burgers and your sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try. Those grilled peppers look delicious! You’ve got me craving for some!

    BTW, I’m hosting 2 giveaways on my blog. One for $50 Thrive products and one for baking molds and more. Please stop by to enter if you’re interested. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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