This isn’t my first tango with trying to find an acceptable bean “burger”. There are many bland options, but let me tell you how I came up with this black bean patty. Whole Foods has this hot bar with all kinds of healthy, yummy options. One of them was a black bean burger. It had a little bit of heat in it, and I could taste a little bit of tomato paste. But, it surpassed any bland ole bean burger I’d ever tried.
So, of course, as all good researchers do, I googled Whole Foods black bean patty, hoping I’d somehow come across the recipe. No such luck, but I did come across this one. But it was missing the heat and the tomato paste, so I played around with the ingredients and came up with today’s simple black bean patty recipe.
So I would consider this a light meal (but filling, for me anyway!). They’d be perfect to take for lunch. I think these could even work as a fancy side dish, maybe. And, I think these would also work great to freeze and cook whenever you need one (so perhaps double or triple to get your money’s worth).
- 1 can of 4 1/2 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 teaspoon of basil
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (more if you like heat)
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- Shredded cheese (optional)
- Pico de gallo (optional)
- Avocado, sliced
- Mash black beans in a bowl with a potato masher.
- Add onion, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and tomato paste.
- Form into patties.
- Heat olive oil in a sauté pan. When it's warm, add your patties. Cook for three minutes or until browned and flip. Add cheese. Cover pan with top or a baking sheet to melt the cheese. Cook for additional three minutes or until cooked through.
- Top with fresh pico and sliced avocado.