I met a woman, online, a number of years ago and she shared a recipe for black bean burgers. I thanked her and groaned because I could not imagine such an item, being good. I never made it and I don’t have her recipe, today but wish I did. I am going to check it out on the Foodie Sites because now, I do want to make it.
In the meanwhile, I found in Susie Fishbein’s kosher cooking book, a recipe for the Ultimate Veggie Burgers and I made them. What a pleasant surprise. They are a nice change from beef burgers and a lot healthier.
What did my husband say? “They don’t taste like hamburgers,” followed by, “They taste good.” I like them also.
Ultimate Veggie Burgers (adapted from Susie Fishbein)
3/4 cup carrot, shredded (I used food processor to shred)
3/4 cup sweet potato, shredded (1/2 sweet potato shredded in food processor)
1/4 cup water
1` 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (I used the mix in the photo)
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup brown rice flour (or any flour )
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/2 cup white beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil (I used safflower-wanted to use up the bottle)
Place carrot and sweet potato in a small bowl. Add water and cover loosely for about four minutes.
Place rice, sunflower seeds, flour, lemon zest in to food processor bowl with metal blade.
Remove leaves from basil and oregano stems and add to the food processor bowl.
Pulse until everything is uniform but you can still see grains of rice.
In a medium bowl, mix together mushroom mix, carrots, sweet potato, white beans. eggs, salt and pepper.
Using my ice cream scoop, I made my patties, flattening them down in the pan and squaring off the edges, pushing sides up to give depth to patties.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Use one and one half tablespoons of olive oil for each batch, you are going to fry.
Put patties in hot oil and sear for 3 – 4 minutes, per side.
Serve on pitas or buns with tomato slices, cucumber slices and thin slices of red onion.
Take a bite and delight.