Thursday, January 29, 2009

make your own black bean burger

I am by no means a vegetarian, but am intrigued by this Black Bean Burger from

Ingredients: (Makes 8)
* 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
* 1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
* 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
* 2 tablespoons ketchup, plus more for serving
* 1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black beans, drained
* 1 cup cooked basmati rice
* 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
* Hot sauce, such as Tabasco
* 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric, and ketchup. Cook for 1 minute.
2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine onion mixture, beans, and rice. Process until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl. Add breadcrumbs, and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Drop 1/4-cup balls of bean mixture into skillet. Flatten into 3-inch patties. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Repeat process with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and bean mixture. Serve immediately with ketchup, if desired.

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