Somehow my Fourth of July celebrations did not include one cook-out! It did include me eating my first ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak (go Jim's!)...
And culminated with me eating this (shhh...hot dogs were boiled, not grilled!)
After my weekend, I was craving something healthy and grilled, and Black Bean Burgers (courtesy of Annie's Eats) fit the bill. I ended up using my indoor grill, but it still fulfilled my desire to grill, and still felt summery!
What You Will Need:
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided use
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed, divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 red onion, or 1 whole shallot, minced
Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Mix panko with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil, and add to the heated skillet to toast. Stir often until the breadcrumbs appear light golden brown in color. Remove from the stove, and let cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, add 2 1/2 cups of the black beans, and mash with a fork until relatively smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne. Whisk together.
Add the egg mixture, toasted panko, remaining beans, bell pepper, cilantro, and onion/shallot to the mashed beans. Stir well until thoroughly combined.
Using heaping 1/2 cup measurements, divide the mixture into six portions. Pack into approximately 1-inch thick patties. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, and cook until the patties are golden brown on each side (approximately 5 minutes per side.)
Garnish with your favorite burger toppings! I topped mine with cheddar, avocado, tomato, and a dollop of sour cream!