Meatless Monday: Black Bean Burgers
I’m sure many of you have heard about the rise of vegan and vegetarian diets, or at least the idea of “Meatless Mondays.” Many people have different reasons for reducing their consumption of meat, whether it be health, environmental, or ethical. For me, I try and eat a meatless meal periodically for the environmental impact. I don’t think it can be disputed that the production of meat requires more resources and emits more CO2 into the air than following a vegetarian diet. As a result, I did my part this Monday with some friends in celebrating Meatless Monday by making these Black Bean burgers.
I LOVE black beans, I usually have at least 8 or so cans lying around to make a quick side or snack when I want one. Whenever I have gotten vegetarian meals out, black bean burgers were always one of my go-tos. Fair warning that the texture will not be the same as meat…the outside will be crispy and the inside will be warm and mushy (for lack of a better adjective). But where I think it beats a typical burger is the spices…coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder make these burgers smell and taste amazing (which also makes me wonder why I don’t just add these to normal burgers). The other great thing about this burger is that I already had all the ingredients in my cupboard…everything except the carrots. I love being able to make a meal with ingredients I already have so I don’t buy a new ingredient just to see what is leftover go to waste.
Check out the original recipe link at the bottom (I finally tried a Tasty recipe and I was pleasantly surprised).
2 canned cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1 onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, shredded
½ cup quick-cook oats (I used old fashioned oats which worked just as well)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Combine onions, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook until onions are translucent.
Add carrots, cumin, coriander, chili powder, and cayenne pepper until carrots are tender. Remove pan from heat.
In a bowl, mash the beans and then add the contents of the pan along with the soy sauce and quick oats.
Mix and form four patties. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to set.
Cook patties on a pan coated in cooking spray over medium heat, flipping halfway.
Use patties to create your dream veggie burger.