Tis the season to be grilling!
I’m faking you out. These “burgers” aren’t grilled at all. In fact, they’re a meatless meal (but do they *almost* look like real, grilled burgers?). I’ve tried a handful of meatless veggie burger recipes over the years, and most of them end up being rejected or at least smushed into a tortilla and deemed “tasty, but not a burger,” like this favorite chickpea wrap.
A bit of Mexican flare and lots of bread crumbs resurrected these bean burgers from the certain demise of just being “refried beans”. (How to make frugal homemade breadcrumbs.) They were too spicy for my kids, but that’s easily remedied. We adults loved them, and this recipe is a definite “do over.” (That is, we’d eat them again, no problem.)
- 2 c. cooked black beans
- 1½ c. cooked lentils
- ½ small onion
- ½ red pepper
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 jalapenos or 2-3 tsp. cayenne (to taste!)
- ¼ c. cilantro (or 2 tsp. dry)
- 1½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1+ c. bread crumbs
- Allow legumes to cool if you just cooked them.
- Whiz them in a food processor along with vegetables and cilantro.
- When mostly smooth, add salt and pepper, eggs and a cup of bread crumbs, then more bread crumbs bit by bit until a firm consistency is reached.
- Roll into balls slightly larger than a golf ball, then flatten with the heel of your hand into patties.
- Cook in a greased skillet (preferably cast iron) about 5-8 minutes, turning at least once to keep even doneness.
Adapted from True Adventures in Money Hacking