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Black Bean and Rice Burgers

February 2, 2011

For my first staple meal I just had to post Black Bean and Rice Burgers. I almost always have these ingredients on hand and, hey, what’s more vegetarian than a fake hamburger? 🙂 Really though, all laughter aside, these “burgers” taste amazing – my omnivore husband even loves them! Add a salad and some oven fries and you’ve got a delicious (and inexpensive) meal on your hands.

Black Bean and Rice Burgers

Ingredients

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 egg, lightly beaten

6 tablespoons salsa, divided

1/4 cup sour cream

4 lettuce leaves

4 slices cheese (Pepper Jack is really good!)

4 hamburger buns, split

Directions

In a large bowl, mash beans with a fork. Add the rice, egg and 2 tablespoons salsa; mix well. Drop by 1/2 cupfuls into a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until firm and browned.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream and remaining salsa. Place a lettuce leaf, burger, sour cream mixture and slice of cheese on bun.

Yield: 4 Servings

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The above is the original recipe,  I cannot remember where I found it… all recipes maybe. Here’s some tips I’ve discovered after many times making them…

-To give them a better flavor, I also add any or all of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, taco seasoning, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and/or cumin.

-These tend to want to fall apart while cooking and eating, so to help them hold together better, I’ve added things like bread crumbs (Panko works really well), crackers, and even a little bit of flour. Another thing that seems to help is to let the mixture chill in the fridge for a while.  My husband mixes in a little ground beef on occasion which also helps them stick together but takes away from the vegetarian aspect and he actually prefers the taste without the beef. 🙂

-To make a larger quantity of these at once, I’ve taken to cooking them on my electric griddle.

-The salsa and sour cream mixture is quite tasty, but we have eaten them without it many of times or substituted with something else.

Rating: 10/10

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