Zesty Black Bean Burgers
Serves 12 small/slider size burgers or 6 regular size burgers
Serves: 12
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans (washed and well drained)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (I like Spanish vs. smoked, but use what you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
  • ½ cup olives (I used Kalamata, but use whatever kind you prefer)
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Tear up the whole wheat bread and process it into bread crumbs.
  3. Remove the bread crumbs from processor and put them in a bowl.
  4. Place the olives in the food processor and chop into small pieces. Remove from processor and place in a separate bowl. Wipe the bowl of the processor so it’s not wet inside.
  5. Place the garlic, onion, mushrooms and spinach in a food processor or food chopper and mince.
  6. Take the two teaspoons of olive oil and put them in a pan.
  7. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, onion, mushrooms and spinach mixture from the food processor to the pan.
  8. Transfer the pan cooked mixture to the food processor.
  9. Add the black beans, balsamic vinegar and spices. Pulse until combined.
  10. Add 1 cup of the cup of bread crumbs to the food processor. (You may have more, but only use 1 cup.) Pulse until combined.
  11. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  12. Divide the mixture into 12 even patties, about ¼ inch thick. I put 6 patties on each sheet so they were not too close together. That spacing makes them easier to flip.
  13. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they are golden on top.
  14. Flip the patties and bake another 20 minutes. (The patties will be somewhat soft. I found it helpful to use two spatulas to flip them. I used one to scoop underneath the patties and the other to help me guide the patties onto the spatula so they stayed together better and were easier to flip.
  15. Serve on a whole wheat bun with your favorite condiments, such as lettuce, tomato and onion.

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