I have a bean problem. On any given day you’ve find at least 5 varieties of beans in my pantry (of course that doesn’t rival the ridiculous amount of pasta shapes in my pantry – last count 15) That’s a lot of beans (and pasta). But that is OKAY with me because we eat them all the time. One of our favorite things to make with beans are bean burgers, black bean burgers to be more specific. I will always be a carnivore (I love bacon way too much) but sometimes I do crave a veg burger. Truth.
I think veggie burgers get a bad rap. If you’ve had a bad one you’ll know why. They can be dry, mushy and totally unappealing. The trick to a good veggie burger is TEXTURE and flavor. The base of this burger is a mixture of black beans and re-fried beans. Add to the party: red bell pepper, Cuban seasonings, and a little own-yun. Bake up these beauties and then hit them a squeeze of lime juice and a little avocado and cilantro for freshness.
For variety pop a slice of your favorite cheese on top during the last minute of baking. You can go wrong with melt-y cheese (or bacon if you’re feeling like you just have to. I mean who am I to stop you from adding bacon. It does make everything better).
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.
- 15.5 ounces black beans - drained, rinsed
- 1/2 cup Old El Paso re-fried beans
- 1 tablespoon Cuban seasoning
- 1/2 onion - minced
- 1 red bell pepper - minced
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 4 burger buns
- 1 avocado - pitted, peeled and sliced
- 1 lime
- fresh cilantro -optional
- Preheat oven to 375. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In medium bowl add: black beans and partially mash using a fork. Add: re-fried beans, cuban seasoning, onion and bell pepper. Mix well. Add bread crumbs and egg. Mix well.
- Spray a 1/2 cup measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop 4 - 1/2 cup portions onto baking sheet. Shape each into patties. Bake for approximately 10 minutes; turn over. Bake additional 5 minutes.
- To assemble: place patties on bottoms of buns. Top each with 2 slices avocado, a squeeze of lime juice, cilantro and top of bun