Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Black Bean Chipotle Burgers

Black Bean Chipotle Burger

Makes 4 burgers

1/4 red onion, minced
1 cup cooked black beans
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves roasted garlic
2 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
1/2 cup cooked oats (cooked in water)
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
Nonstick cooking spray, for sautéing

Sauté the red onion over medium-high heat until it just starts to turn brown. Mash the beans, chipotle, onion, cilantro, cumin, black pepper, garlic, and steak sauce together until you have a rough paste (there should still be some texture to the beans, but the mixture should mostly be smashed). Add the oats. Stir the bread crumbs into the black bean mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Press everything together and add more bread crumbs, if necessary, until you have a tight dough. Lightly oil your hands so the dough doesn’t stick when you form it into patties. Create palm-size patties. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Sauté the burgers over medium-high heat until slightly browned on both sides.

Notes/Alterations for next time:
-This was too spicy for Omar. Next time I will leave out the chipotle peppers. I also added a dolop of the adobo sauce, which the recipe doesn't call for. I thought they were great, but not for those who like their food on the mild side.
-I am going to try adding more onion and omitting the pre-cooking step.  I like raw onion and think it will be fine, but I'll let you know.
-I'm going to start with slightly less bread crumbs next time adding more as needed instead of adding the entire 1 1/2 cups at the start.

6 WWPP per burger. Serve with your favorite condiments. I ate mine with avodado and olive tapenade. Make sure to count points for your bun and extras!


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