Chef Corey here again with another weekly recipe. My past recipes have been relatively carb-heavy; this week, I’ve decided on vegetarian options. I’ve been tweaking a few recipes I’ve seen for a black bean burger. Last summer I was finally able to make it and have it taste pretty good! The best part is that you can add different seasonings to it and bring out different tastes. I’ve seen a Tex Mex version, a plain, sweeter, or even bbq flavoured!! So here you go.
Black bean burger
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained. (You can use dehydrated beans, but cook then until very mushy)
½ red onion, minced
3 cloves of garlic minced, or 3 teaspoon if you have pre-minced garlic
1 green pepper, minced
½ – ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
2 shredded carrots (optional)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (you can substitute soy sauce if you want a more Asian flavour)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Empty the cans of black beans into a colander and rinse them.
- Heat a skillet on med-high heat with a tablespoon of oil in it.
- Add the red onion, green pepper, garlic, and carrots. Heat until the onions start to turn translucent.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce.
- Taste the mix to get an idea of where you are for salt level. In culinary school, this step is drilled into our heads.
- If you happen with the salt content the just add the pepper, if not add as much salt as you think it needs until you can taste a difference, then add a pinch more. You’ll likely use the teaspoon, but add more if you feel it needs it. Same with the pepper, but be careful, you can overpower the flavours.
- Let the onion pepper mix cool slightly and mash as much of the beans as you can with a fork or a potato masher if you have one.
- Add the mixture to the beans and mix it all. Be sure to taste it. Add more seasonings if you think it needs it.
- Add in the flour about ¼ cup at a time until the mixture holds together firmly.
- Form the mixture into 4-6 patties and heat in the same skillet. They don’t need to cook like meat; you’re just looking to heat it through.
- Add a burger bun, some lettuce, tomato, avocado, and enjoy!