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Black Bean Burger

Black bean burgers are amazing things. Cheap as can be to make, healthy and delicious; they satisfy the “I need a burger” craving perfectly. If you have a food processor, these come together in a jiffy. Otherwise, you will just want to work the beans with a masher and you will have larger chunks of vegetables. 

I love the addition of the salty, tangy feta here. Feel free to tweak the spices; I like this level of earthy heat from the cumin and coriander but not too much spice from the chili powder. Those of you that like fire might want to double that amount!

I enjoy these most grilled outdoors, but you can bake them in a 400 degree oven, flipping halfway through. The smoke of a charcoal grill adds to the flavor and appeal, though. Enjoy with your favorite libation and happy almost summer!

2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained (14 ounces each)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 small sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoon BBQ sauce
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spread on the beans on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes to dry them out. 

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic and fry until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the vegetables and all the remaining ingredients, save the black beans, into a food processor. Pulse everything together, then add the black beans, Pulse a few times to combine, leaving large chunks of beans.

Divide into patties; about a 1/3 cup of the mixture to each. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to solidify.

Meanwhile, light the grill. Place the patties on greased aluminum foil and then place that onto the grill. Grill each side for 10 minutes (total cooking time of 20 minutes). Serve on toasted hamburger buns with you favorite classic burger toppings. Min are lettuce, tomato, avocado and mayo!


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