Black Bean Burger Recipe, More Than Just A Veggie Burger
Who is excited over a black bean burger recipe? The budget-conscious, the health conscious, vegans, vegetarians, and people who enjoy exploring alternative ingredients.
Why do I say that? Because it is a solution to all their needs. Need for cheap affordable food, need for healthy eats, and need to express creativity through food.
The Budget Conscious
Do you know how much a can of black beans cost? The Libby's Organic Black Beans, 15-Ounces Cans (Pack of 12) is about USD17.00, which works out to about USD1.40 a can. And I know a 15-ounce can can make between 4 to 6 patties.
A pack of dried black beans is even cheaper. The Eden Organic Black Beans, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6) is USD17.45. When soaked, the beans expands, so 16-ounce box yields much more than a 15-ounce can.
Try this easy black bean burger recipe which uses canned black beans. It is described as a most affordable recipe because the key ingredient is oh so cheap.
The Health Conscious
According to the George Mateljan Foundation, black beans have health benefits ranging from supporting the digestive tract, regulating blood sugar levels, lowering blood cholesterol levels, and consisting an array of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
Sounds like a wonder legume doesn't it? I can't be sure that it does all that but it is certainly packed with quite a fair bit of micro-nutrients.
People who suffer from food allergies or intolerance may find black beans useful in their diet. This celiac-friendly burger uses gluten-free hamburger buns and gluten-free rolled oats topped with a zesty cilantro jicama slaw.
Vegans or Vegetarians
Many people are becoming conscious of what they eat. They want to eat well but they also want to eat with a good conscience. Many vegans and vegetarians are pioneers when it comes to making well-loved food using vegan and vegetarian ingredients.
Going vegan or vegetarian doesn't mean putting up with bland food. This vegan burger recipe has a lot of other ingredients in the burger, not just black beans. It is a celebration. It comes with a cilantro lime creme that is delish. I'll eat the burger just for the creme.
Another reason many vegans or vegetarians make their own patties is that store-bought patties tend to have too many processed ingredients and chemicals. Annie's Eats' black bean burger recipe is a great vegetarian pattie. All natural ingredients.
The Culinary Dare-devils
Some people can really cook and they get really bored with normal and traditional ingredients. They like to experiment and explore new ingredients.
Cassie of Bakeyourday.net offers this pattie recipe which is tried and tested. She adds uncooked quinoa into the pattie. She also offers a tip on how to make them vegan. Perfect!
Ever thought of adding pearl barley to your black bean patties? Well, angryasiancreations did and came up with this black bean + pearl barley burgers. Oh and she used dried black beans.
How about sweet potato? Ashley McLaughlin from Edible Perspective presents this wonderful sweet tater black bean burger recipe that has sweet potato, quinoa, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, corn and black beans. Sounds totally awesome.
Canned black beans come in a soaking liquid. It is important to rinse and drain them thoroughly. After rinsing, leave them in the colander to drip dry. Excess liquid in the beans can result in wet patties and the need to add more bread crumbs to hold them together.
Do not over mash the black beans. Alternatively, you can divide them in half. Mash one half and add the other unmashed half.
You can also bake the patties instead of frying them in a skillet. This mini black bean burger recipe by worksavelive baked the patties in the oven.
A tangy salsa or a creamy topping seems to go well with these hearty burgers. So, experiment away. There are 2 really interesting hamburger topping recipes mentioned in this article.
Black bean patties do not have to be served as burgers. How about breaking them up into smaller chunks and throwing them on top of a nice hot plate of pasta?
Freezing and storing the patties
Black bean burgers can be made in advance and stored frozen. This means you can make up a big batch at one go. Wouldn't it make you feel secure knowing you have a stash of delicious and hearty patties waiting in the freezer for those late night hunger pangs?
Here's a video that shows you how to wrap the patty is in clingwrap for freezing (Fast forward to 9.00 min). Once they are individually wrapped, place them onto a baking sheet and into the freezer. Once they are frozen, pack them in big ziplock bags or stack them in storage boxes.
There you are, my little research and contribution to black bean burgers. Hope you find something useful here.