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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Black Bean Burgers

It must be the week for oldies but goodies.

While planning my menu for the week, I not only dug out the teriyaki chicken we love so much, but also the recipe for Black Bean Burgers. I first found this recipe in the April 2010 Cooking Light. There are a couple of omissions on my part: this recipe calls for both cilantro and jalapeño pepper. I cannot stand the taste and smell of cilantro, and I thought that jalapeño for a two-year-old might be a bit much. I'll include them in the recipe, but I think they're delicious without. Your call.

Black Bean Burgers

2 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
3/4 cup (3 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 medium jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
2 large egg whites
cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place beans in a medium bowl; mash with fork. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro and and the next 7 ingredients (through egg whites). Shape bean mixture into 6 patties. Arrange patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, carefully turning once.

The Verdict: Amir was more interested in the cole slaw tonight, but he did eat his burger. Generally he'll eat a whole bean burger by himself. Noyan and I love them.

Seriously, that's it to the recipe. They're quick and easy, and if you make them in bulk, you can freeze them, too.

The original recipe also included a mango salsa to accompany the burgers. Both my husband and son hate mango (why? why? why?), so I've never bothered. I often top mine with barbecue sauce. You can add a slice of cheese but the cheese in the burger should be enough. I served the burgers with the cole slaw recipe that's included in this blog.


  1. You can make the mango salsa for AP and VP2. I'm with the men in your family.

  2. Can you throw in 1 whole egg instead of 2 egg whites? I hate separating eggs without a plan for the poor, poor yolks.

  3. I would say yes, T. The egg is for binding and the egg white instead of a whole egg is just to make it lighter. Or you can save your egg yolks to egg wash a bread. Mmmmm, bread. I need to break out my bread machine.