Gone are the days of veggie burgers being just for vegetarians. They are a delicious alternative to your “normal” burger. This open faced Black Bean Burger my husband and I had for dinner was not only low fat and healthy, but it was quite filling and really good. You can top it with any of your favorite burger toppings, and use a bun if you so chose as well.
Since I decided not to use a bun for this burger, I used a cauliflower sandwich thin as a base. Have you tried these? They are made by Outer Aisle and they’re a great low carb way to avoid bread. They don’t hold together like bread, however, and wouldn’t have worked as a bun with this burger. Hence, why I only used the one.
For this particular burger I decided to top it with tomatoes, guacamole, a fried egg, and a chipotle mayo. It was so good! I have also included the ingredients for the mayo under the burger ingredients.
1 – 14oz can of black beans
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup plain bread crumbs
Chipotle Mayo ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 1/2 tbsp chipotle sauce, I used Cholula
1 tsp minced garlic
1 -2 tsp lime juice
For mayo –
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for a 1/2 hour to an hour before serving. I didn’t feel like dirtying a squeeze bottle I use for baking, so I just put the sauce in a sandwich bag and cut off the tip. It wasn’t as neat as a squeeze bottle, but the end result was the same.
For the burgers –
Rinse and drain the black beans. Place in a medium bowl and mash, while still keeping some bean chunks. I used a potato masher, but you can also use a fork.
After chopping your onion, squeeze as much liquid as you can from it in strainer. Keep pushing on the onion against the side of the strainer. If the patty is too moist it won’t hold together.
Combine the onions, garlic, chili powder, and cumin with the black beans.
Add the beaten egg and mix well.
Add the bread crumbs and mix well.
Shape into patties and refrigerate for about an hour before cooking. You could make these into four patties, but since we were forgoing the buns I decided on two fat burgers.
When ready to cook, spray a frying pan with cooking spray and cook the burgers over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side.