A couple of years ago I got hooked on those Morningstar Black Bean burgers. Although I am (and will probably always will be!) a true dutchy meat-and-potatoes kinda girl, I really liked these, almost to the exclusion of regular burgers on the grill. Of course they aren’t cheap – so they were added to my list of things to replicate homemade.
- 2 cups cooked black beans
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped fine
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine
- 1 large stalk celery, chopped fine
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup hummus
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 2 slices dry whole wheat bread crumbled into tiny pieces
- Heat oil in a frying pan on medium low
- Saute garlic and onion in oil until soft
- Add the celery and pepper, fry until softened
- Mix in the herbs and spices and heat through
- Mash or puree half the beans
- Add reserved beans and all other ingredients EXCEPT hummus and soy sauce
- Mix well by hand
- Add enough of the hummus and soy sauce to moisten mixture fairly well
- Mixture will seem a little sticky, but it’s better than a bit dry because they will dry out while cooking
- Form 10 flat patties and cook on medium until brown, approximately 10 minutes per side.
- I used bread crumbs instead of the crumbled bread (same difference)
- I froze the patties before cooking
- When I did cook them, I think 10 minutes per side is excessive. There really isn’t anything to actually cook when you think about it..so I just did it enough to brown both sides and heat through. Maybe 10 minutes total.
I was excited to make them and then I was hesitant to actually try them. After seeing all the gray mushy beans it just looked unappealing! They definitely look a lot better after you cook them. I think they were a very good start. The taste was acceptable (although not very exciting, it could use a little more flavor somehow). We started looking at the ingredients on the Morningstar box that I had in the freezer and had two good ideas – one, a little less beans and replace them with some cooked brown rice to give them a little more substance. Also, the Morningstar ones have corn in them which I also like. I will have no problems finishing off this first batch as they were very good – but I think I could improve with some variation.
I made a second batch with some variations. I substituted cooked brown rice for half of the black beans, added some corn, and substituted red pepper for green pepper (just a personal flavor preference). I learned that #1, rice really sucks up a ton of oil, so when I fried them I ended up with very very oily burgers in the first batch! Definitely do not overdo it with the oil. I think that next time I will try 3/4 beans to 1/4 rice, the rice added a good flavor and texture but it was too much. The burgers were a little crumbly. Adding the corn and substituting the red pepper were great, the burgers tasted amazing. Getting closer!