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Monday's Leftovers: Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Monday's Leftovers: Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Yesterday I gave you guys the recipe for some simple oven-crisp black bean and corn flautas. I also told you to hang on to some of the filling - although I'm betting it was pretty impossible, those flautas are pretty darn tasty. However if you did manage to hang on to the filling, then you're in for a treat. For Monday's leftovers I thought it would be a great idea to turn the filing into black bean veggie burgers. Of course you could add ground beef to the mixture, and make them non-veggie, but the black beans already create a dense patty that you can really sink your teeth into. To check out the recipe, and if you didn't save any of the filling, don't worry, I included a full recipe too,

This leftover recipe is really going to depend on how much of the black bean mixture from the oven-crisp black bean and corn flautas you have leftover. So use this as a guideline, or check out the full black bean veggie burger recipe below.

Start with the leftover mixture in a medium bowl, add 1 egg and enough bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. You may need to add an extra egg, or even more mashed black beans. Be sure to season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into patties. Grill or bake them until they're fully heated all the way through (about 8 minutes on a grill, 10 minutes in oven). Serve on its own, on a hamburger bun or between two slices of your favorite bread.

Black Bean Veggie Burgers
From All Recipes - submitted by Laurenmu

Yields 4 patties

1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels (optional)

  1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
  5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
  6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
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