I want to announce that I am not going vegan or vegetarian, so there is no need to worry. I love a medium cooked piece of meat as much as the next guy. Sometimes; to appreciate things you take for granted, you have step out of your comfort zone. I like beans. I don’t love them with my whole heart, but I can live in harmony with them. I decided to revisit an old recipe for black bean burgers. I did judge at first, but I was proven wrong after the first bite. I hope you enjoy another one of my favorites.
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
- 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons ketchup, plus more for serving
- 1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black beans, drained
- 1 cup cooked basmati rice
- 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
- Hot sauce, such as Tabasco
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric, and ketchup. Cook for 1 minute.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine onion mixture, beans, and rice. Process until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl. Add breadcrumbs, and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Drop 1/4-cup balls of bean mixture into skillet. Flatten into 3-inch patties. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Repeat process with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and bean mixture. Serve immediately with ketchup, if desired.