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Spicy Red Bean Burgers

What you need: 

2 cups whole grain bread (the grainier the better!)
1 tablespoon onion powder
scant 1/2 tablespoon red pepper (more or less to taste)
2 tablespoons margarine
1 medium onion (approximately 1/2 cup)
1/2 red bell pepper
1 15 oz. can kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
2 tablespoons dried or fresh parsley
2 tablespoons ketchup
optional - egg replacer (may be needed in dry climates)

What you do: 

In food processor combine first 5 ingredients. Pulse until a coarse breadcrumb is achieved. Spread the oniony breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and toast in the oven (400 F) or broiler. Approximately 10 minutes…just keep checking on it.
Blend red bell pepper in food processor. (You want it to be more pureed/mashed than diced.) Drain off any liquid and place bell pepper puree in a mixing bowl. Add the last ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mash together. (A pastry blender is perfect for this!)
Add toasted breadcrumbs and continue to mash/mix. (At this point it's kind of creepy because the red colors make it look pinkish like raw ground meat. Eck.) Form patties (use pastry blender to form "grill" marks).
Bake on a lightly grease baking sheet at 350 Fahrenheit (180 C) for about 15 minutes, flipping once.
*The egg replacer may or may not be needed. I suggest making the "burgers" and if you can form it into patties that hold together well, then just skip the egg replacer.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

But speaking of, in your picture it looks more like the patties were formed and then coated in bread crumbs, not all mashed together...?

Nope, I mashed them all. The beans get super mashed also, it turns into a red paste/goo kind of. Mine are definitely not crumbly... I wonder if the type of bread I use changes things? ??? It's a European bread and it's very dense and seedy with no yeast.

What kind of egg replacer do you suggest? I dont have arrowroot or flax and am not in the financial situation to run out and grab some for only a teaspoon's worth. Can you recommend anything else that wont change the flavor too much?

I think I've use flax and EnerG eggs for this recipe. If you can't get either of those possibly adding more pureed bell pepper??

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I made these last night! They're pretty good, but kind of crumbly. I also used 1 Energy egg thing because it looked dry, but maybe with 2 it would be less crumbly.  :) Thanks for the recipe!

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These seemed to form patties pretty well without an egg replacer so I went ahead and stuck them in the oven. They crumbled & cracked quite a bit after being flipped (gently, too) and were even harder to eat on a bun without dropping bits all over myself.  ::) Tasted wonderful so I will give them another try in the near future, the oniony bread crumbs sure smelled amazing in the oven... But speaking of, in your picture it looks more like the patties were formed and then coated in bread crumbs, not all mashed together...?

What kind of egg replacer do you suggest? I dont have arrowroot or flax and am not in the financial situation to run out and grab some for only a teaspoon's worth. Can you recommend anything else that wont change the flavor too much?

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The photo also shows "Spicy Fries" http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=11113.0

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