If you have read some of my previous blogs you probably know that I am I vegetarian. It will be three years this July since I made the switch from carnivore to herbivore but still I continue to feel happier than ever to be a vegetarian. Being a vegetarian in high school (pretty rare) I receive a lot of questions about what I eat. Of course there’s a lot of different things but I do have a few that I just love! Over the course of my next few blogs I will share with you some of my favorite vegetarian recipes.
BLACK BEAN BURGERS
Although out in the world there are plenty of different types of meatless burgers this black bean burger is defiantly one of my favorites. Another up side is that it is probably one of the healthier veggie burger options. This recipe makes 8 burgers and although they may not look like something you would like to eat, you cant judge a book by its cover.
1, 15.5 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup walnuts
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ small yellow onion, cut into quarters
3 garlic cloves
½ red bell pepper
1/3 cup wheat germ
2 TBSP whole wheat flour
½ TSP dried oregano
½ TSP dried basil
½ TSP ground cumin
½ TSP mild chili powder
½ TSP Celtic sea salt
½ TSP black pepper
1 ½ TBSP agave
1 TSP extra virgin olive ore grapeseed oil
dash cayenne pepper
Now that you know the ingredients all you have to do is just throw’em into a food processor and wait till they are blended but not too watery. It’s better if the mixture is a bit course.
To make the patties you must first cut out 4 by 4 inch squares of parchment paper. When this is completed put a 1/3 cup of the BLACK BEAN BURGER mixture in the center of each sheet. Then place another 4 by 4-inch piece of parchment paper on top of the BLACK BEAN BURGER mixture and press down so the patty will be about ½ inch thick.
Now you have the option to either cook you burgers or freeze them for a later date.
Now there is actually different ways you could go about cooking your burger. I my self prefer cooking them in the oven so that is the way I will share with you today. Place your burgers on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. (Time may vary if patties were frozen) Cooking your burgers this way will make them a bit firmer and easier to eat.
Now that your BLACK BEAN BURGERS are completed it is time to add all of your favorite burger toppings! Lettuce, pickles, and cheese are always a must!
Have a great meal! Bonne Apetite!