Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers

I found this recipe on the Brown Eyed Baker's Blog, and boy was this delish. She always has great baking recipes, so it was fun to find this healthy gem. I made this recipe almost the same way as she did, but I traded up the mushrooms from and used just plain old button mushrooms, added cheese ( of course), and used those great new sandwich flats which I LOVE! These were great as a burger, but next time I might just serve them as black bean cakes, or make mini ones for a yummy appetizer. So enjoy! and check out her blog.

1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 cup finely chopped red onion
8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
4 slices whole wheat sandwich bread, lightly toasted
15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (2%)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 Sandwich Thins or buns
Salsa and sour cream, for serving

1. In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, garlic, cumin and paprika and cook until mushrooms have released their juices, about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Tear toasted bread into pieces and place in food processor. Process until broken down into crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl. Add the mushroom mixture and beans to the food processor; pulse until combined, but not smooth – leave some chunky bits. Scoop mixture into the bowl with the bread crumbs; add the cheese and season with salt and pepper.

3. Mix ingredients together and divide into 4 equal portions. With dampened hands, shape each portion into four thick patties. Lightly brush each side of all patties with canola oil.

4. Heat a grill, grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Place patties on the surface and cook until thoroughly heated through and the outside has crisped, about 5 minutes per side. Serve burgers on toasted English muffins and topped with salsa and sour cream, if desired.