Blackbean Burgers

My husband being a vegetarian,I am always looking for ways to add more protein to his diet and bean have been one of our go to protein choice.Instead of eating cooked beans as is,a burger is a fun way to eat it and also get some vegetables into our diets.

Preparation time:45 minutes
Serves:8 burgers


Ingredients:

2 cups portabella mushrooms diced
2 cups cooked black beans
1 tablespoon sun dried tomatoes
1 cup diced eggplant
1/2 cup red onion diced
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup bread crumbs +2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder(you can also use fresh garlic minced)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
salt to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Procedure:
1.Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and saute eggplant, mushroom and onion on high heat for 2 minutes and add the salt, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, walnuts and saute on medium heat for 3 minutes and turn off the stove.

2.Transfer the mixture to a food processor and add half the black beans to it along with the cheeses and pulse a couple of times to obtain a coarse mixture, do not puree it.

3.Add the pulsed mixture to the remaining black beans and add the breadcrumbs and mix until you form a firm mixture that can be shaped into burgers.

4.Take 1/3 cup of mixture at a time and roll into balls and press down gently to shape it into a burger.

5.Heat oil in a pan. While the oil is heating, coat the burgers on both sides with breadcrumbs and gently place them in the pan and roast them for 2-3 minutes on a medium-high flame until it gets browned and gently flip over and repeat on other side.

Tips:
If your burger mixture is loose add some more bread crumbs to be able to form a burger
Drain all water from black beans or your burger won’t hold.
You can use panko breadcrumbs for coating the burger for a crunchier bite.
Serve with your favorite bread, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and ketchup or mayonnaise or aioli.I used avocado aioli
 I used Ciabatta bread here.Use your favorite kind of bun.

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