Black Bean Burgers are very healthy and one of the most popular burgers out there. The one I have made also has little bits of carrot and corn kernels. You can’t beat a warm burger with all your favorite toppings for a lunch or dinner. It just grabs you sometimes and you gotta have one. I used an Ezekial sprouted grain bun but use the bun of your choice with a cold or warm side dish and you have a full meal.
1 Tablespoon canola oil for sauteing
1 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, finely diced or quickly pulsed in a food processor
1 ear of corn, shucked and cut from the cob
3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 cans (14.5 oz) black beans, drained
1/4 cup cornmeal for coating.
Make your bread crumbs, I used a bagel and ground it in a food processor.
The leftover breadcrumbs can be frozen for 6 months.
Finely chop or pulse the carrot.
Put the carrot in a saucepan and cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes.
Add the corn and cook another 3 minutes.
Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the onion until translucent, about 15 minutes.
Add the spices and garlic to the onion and cook 3 more minutes.
Bread Crumbs are in the photo above. Do not add the bread crumbs to the sauteing onions.
In a large bowl add the black beans, onion mixture, carrot and corn mixture and the bread crumbs.
Combine and make into patties.
Lightly coat each patty with the cornmeal. Pat in the cornmeal and knock some off for just a dusting of cornmeal.
At this point you can freeze the patties - before frying (see below for freezing directions).
Fry the patties in 1 Tablespoon of oil for each panful until all the patties are done.
The patties are delicate so handle with care.
Serve with your favorite bun and toppings.
Wrap each patty in plastic wrap or flash freeze before wrapping as described in my article http://veganinthefreezer.com/preparing-food-for-the-freezer
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Take out of the freezer and put in the refrigerator a few hours before frying - about 3-4 hours. They don't have to be completely defrosted, but almost. In a large skillet. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil and fry the patties on each side.
Serve on your favorite bun with your favorite toppings.
Here is a great backyard gardening link for growing black beans.