Stepping away from the chick peas this month, I have finally learned to cook something else, black bean burgers.

At the ripe old of 28 (#fakenews), I should be able to cook more, but I can’t be good at everything right?

Being vegetarian, one thing I do miss is a big juicy burger every now and again. Coming into BBQ season, although you’d never tell with all the snow, I’ve been on the look out for a replacement. I came across black bean burgers and have tried loads of recipes with varying degree of success. That was until I stumble upon this recipe from www.allrecipes.co.uk and I am hooked. They don’t taste like meat but are filling enough. Covered in cheese and ketchup and stuck in a bun, it was hard to tell the difference.

What you need!

  • 1 tin of black beans, drained and rinsed. (16oz)
  • 1/2 a gree bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces.
  • 1/2 an onion, cut into wedges.
  • 3 – 4 cloves of garlic, peeled.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli powder.
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin.
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli sauce ( I used the Tesco own brand chilli paste).
  • 1/2 a cup of bread crumbs.

How to make them!

  • Mash the black beans in a bowl until thick and pasty.
  • Mix the pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and then mix in with the beans.
  • Add the egg, chilli powder, cumin and chilli paste to the mix.
  • Add the bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
  • Divide into four or six patties depending on your appetite.

Cooking Instructions!

  • You can grill or bake them. I usually grill them and turn regularly for about 10-12 minutes, this depends on the size of them. The bigger you make them the longer it takes them to cook inside.
  • You can bake them in the oven too at a temperature of 190.

I serve them with some sweet potato fries and a side salad. For an extra treat I melt some cheese over them too. I’m having a love affair with Halloumi at the moment, but you can use Mozzarella or plain old cheddar.

They can resemble baby sick while you are mashing it all together but they really do end up tasting delicious. You can add more spice if you like your food hot.

Enjoy them!

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