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Katti's Black Bean Burgers & Condiments

What you need: 

extra virgin olive oil
1 small chopped onion
1 chopped red pepper
4 cloves minced garlic
cumin
cayenne pepper
1 15 oz. can of black beans (or 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans)
1/2 cup brown rice
2 cups rolled oats
sea salt
whole wheat (or spelt) buns

What you do: 

In small saucepan, bring to a boil one cup of water with 2 tablespoon of butter and some sea salt. After it boils, add ½ cup of brown rice, reduce to low, cover until rice absorbs all the water.
Next, in a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and seasonings and cook for about one minute. Add onion and red pepper and cook while stirring frequently till soft and onions are translucent, set aside.
In a big bowl, combine beans, cooked rice, and onion/garlic/pepper mixture. Mix in food processor and return to bowl.
Add breadcrumbs and stir to mix well. Form into patties (about 8) and transfer to the grill for 3-5 minutes each side. Serve inside whole wheat buns with condiments below.
CONDIMENTS:I serve these with homemade condiments of cilantro mayonnaise and salsa. Here are the recipes for both of those.
SALSA1 onion2 tomatoes1 jalapenocilantrolime juice
Chop first 4 ingredients and mix well. Squeeze lime juice over salsa, mix, and serve.
CILANTRO MAYO½ cup of Vegenaisecilantrocumin
Chop cilantro and stir in ½ cup of Vegenaise. Sprinkle some cumin, mix, and serve.

Preparation Time: 
an hour
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6-8
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made this again today, using steel-cut oats instead of rolled andlet it stand for awhile before making the burgers.That way the texture was better, more compact. I dredged the burgers with breadcrumbs before frying to avoid sticking and it worked well. The cumin suggestion went great!

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Delicious, though difficult to turn when pan-frying. I suggest dredging the burger in masa harina (fine cornmeal) before cooking if you fry at home. With a side of grilled mushroom strips and chopped tomato it was yummy.
I could see loose-frying this mixture for tacos, burritos etc. or using it in tamales.

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I made this today and it was AWESOME!!!

The only addition I made cumin.......yummie.

I am going to freeze the exras.  I will report back how they turned out after the freezing process.

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