Healthy (and spicy) Black Bean Burgers

It has been quite some time since I have brought you a recipe, and when I made these yesterday I knew they simply had to be shared! I mean come on, Tex Mex inspired bean burgers that are not only yummy and healthy but easy on the wallet? What more could you ask for from a meal. These are a must make, like this week you must make them! You will love these unique burgers. 

Healthy tex mex inspired black bean burgers! Simple, delicious and HEALTHY! Huge money saver as well! I have to try these!!

Yesterday, I shared a little bit about the new health journey Ben and I are starting (as of yesterday). We really believe it is a command from Scripture to take care of our bodies and to train them with discipline. So we have started a new venture in eating whole foods, fewer carbs, less sugar, and less processed foods. We are starting with baby steps but excited to see how these changes effect our lifestyle long term. (and just being real with you, yesterday was the pits! Hoping day two is better both physically and emotionally)

Ben and I both have a thing for burgers, so I decided to try my hand at a healthier "burger" that would fall within the parameters of our new diet. Bean burgers! Now before you turn up your nose and say ew...just give them a chance! They are actually not that bad, I promise. These spicy black bean burgers are healthy and delicious AND (bonus!) they are also money savers. Just think, no meat, only beans and other fresh produce inside, so they literally cost pennies for each patty. 

HEALTHY BLACK BEAN BURGERS

INGREDIENTS - 

  • 2 cans black beans, chick peas, or white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I used a red onion)
  • 1 can green chilies
  • a handful of cilantro
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil

DIRECTIONS - 

In a food processor add beans, onion, chilies, cilantro, oats, bread crumbs, and spices, pulse to combine. If the mixture is watery or too sticky add more oats one tablespoon at a time until a moldable consistency. 

Let mixture sit in the fridge for 5 minutes. Then take and mold into 6 large patties or 10-12 smaller patties. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment, and place in freezer for 5-10 minutes. 

When they firm up in the freezer, add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Place patties in the pan, working in batches so you do not overcrowd the pan. Allow to cook on each side for 3-5 minutes until crispy and golden. Carefully flip with a spatula (you may need to help with your hands also as they are not as firm and sturdy as patties made with meat). 

Allow to cool and serve with your favorite condiments and sides! Enjoy! 

Have you ever had a bean burger? What did you think? 

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the next post in the Cooking Fundamentals series! Tomorrow is all about building flavor!