I used to give my friend Nicole crap for choosing to eat a black
bean burger over a real meat hamburger. I never thought I
would try one let alone like it, but man did I eat my words. These
burgers were actually really good and dare I say that I might
like them better than beef hamburgers.
Two 14.5 oz cans seasoned black beans, drained
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated white onion
1 large egg
½ tsp chili powder, more to taste
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Several dashes of hot sauce, such as
Cholula, plus more for serving
2 tbsp olive oil, for frying
2 tbsp butter, for frying, plus more fro grilling the buns
8 slices Swiss cheese (or any cheese you’d like)
4 kaiser rolls or good hamburger buns
Mayonnaise, for serving
Lettuce, red onion, sliced tomato, for serving
1.) Place the beans in a medium bowl and mash them with a
fork until they are mostly broken up, but with
a few large pieces still visible.
2.) Pour in the breadcrumbs. Then add the grated onion, egg, chili
powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
3.) Stir the mixture around until everything is combined, then
add the hot sauce and stir it in. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
4.) Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Form
the bean mixture into 4 equal-size patties that are a little larger in
circumference than the burger buns.
5.) Cook the patties for 5 minutes on the first side, or until nicely
browned, then flip them to the other side.
6.) Place 3 slices of cheese on each patty and cook for 5 minutes
more, or until the burgers are thoroughly heated through.
7.) Heat a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat and butter
the surface. Split the buns and grill them until golden brown on the surface.
8.) To serve, spread a mixture of mayonnaise and hot
sauce on both sides of the bun.