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Bean Burgers

Prep time
20 mins
Special Diets
Food Allergies
Recipe adapted from the New York Times


A tasty vegetarian burger option.


1 medium onion, finely diced
2 clvgarlic, minced
2 Tminced fresh parsley
1⁄2 crolled oats
1 Tchili powder, or the spice mix of your choice
  salt and pepper to taste
2 cwell-cooked black beans, broth reserved, or 1-14oz can, rinsed and drained
1 egg
  bean cooking liquid, stock or water, see note below
  extra virgin olive oil, canola, corn or grapeseed oil


Mix all ingredients, except liquid and oil, in a large bowl. Use a potato masher, fork, or food processor to mash until chunky, adding a small amount of liquid if necessary. The mixture should be moist enough to hold together, but not wet. Let stand about 10 minutes. Form mixture into four patties and let rest on a plate for a few more minutes; this is easiest to do with wet hands. Bean burgers can be made ahead to this point, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours, returning to room temperature before cooking. When ready to cook, heat a large heavy skillet or griddle over medium heat; film with cooking oil. When the oil is hot, carefully add the burgers to the pan and cook without moving until browned, about 5 minutes. Use a large spatula to gently turn the burgers and brown the second side. Serve on buns with favorite burger condiments and trimmings.


Note:Several liquids can be used to moisten the bean mixture, including broth, water, milk, ketchup, tomato sauce, salsa, etc. Any kind of bean can be used with the seasoning of your choice.