Do you ever fall in love with food? I mean you really just don't want to be without it? Well, I have developed a love for black beans. I think it all started when I began to research the healing benefits of whole food. When I read that black beans were good for stamina, I began looking for ways to make black beans. I have a few recipes with black beans, but this one, well, I think I could eat it just about every day!
Since I have embarked upon a new grain-free diet, I would say that these black bean burgers are my new comfort food. They are warm, and crunchy on the outside while remaining creamy on the inside. Just a perfect combination for me. I haven't been able to entice my youngest son to try them, but my older son and I can eat the whole batch! My husband says that these are really good. Somehow they just "hit the spot" for us.
I just caution that if you are used to making real meat burgers that these patties need a gentle touch when forming them. Also, be sure not to make them flat. Keep them thick and not too large with an edge to them. They will shrink when they cook and if they are too flat they will fall apart. Just ask my dear husband. He tried to make these "man-sized" and sort of thin and they came apart in the pan.
If you are like me, you are always on the look out for recipes that are quick and easy and can be be made with a few ingredients from your pantry. Perhaps this recipe can make a day in your life a little easier.
Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
Recipe adapted from The Home Education Magazine, March - April 2008, by Christine Gable. A similar recipe may be found at her website, Queen of the Quick Meal
2 cans of Eden Organic Black Beans, drained and rinsed.
3 Tablespoons roasted garlic salsa
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons quinoa flour
Mix the above ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir together
Use a potato masher to mash the bean mixture, but leave a few unmashed.
approximately 1/8 cup quinoa flour
approximately 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, for frying
Place 1/8 cup of quinoa flour on a plate
Gently form the bean mixture into patties with your hands and coat them in the quinoa flour on the plate
Heat a large skillet on medium heat and then cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil.
Fry the bean burgers in the skillet for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are crispy and brown.Makes about 10-12 burgers