As Spring takes its hold and the days grow warmer I always start anticipating the many activities of summer! From smoky campfires, grilling on the deck, or picnics by the stream, summer is a great time to enjoy time with friends over some good food. Nothing says summer to me quite like a good burger. One of my favorite burger recipes is the black bean burger. Chock full of healthy ingredients, meat-free, and easy to make, it’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for a healthy burger alternative!
¾ c. Harmony House Foods Dehydrated Black Beans
1 c. Water
3 Tablespoons Harmony House Foods Dehydrated Peppers
3 Tablespoons Harmony House Foods Dehydrated Onions
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ c. Bread Crumbs
¼ c. Whole Wheat Flour
Place dried black beans and water in a food processor and pulse lightly. Pour into a bowl and add remaining ingredients except for bread crumbs, flour, and egg. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes to soak up water. Mix in bread crumbs, flour and egg.
Skillet method: Heat nonstick pan over medium heat. Shape burger mix into patties in the pan and let cook 6-8 minutes. Flip and cook an addition 6-8 minutes.
Oven method: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Shape patties on a well-greased baking pan. Bake 8 minutes. Flip and back an additional 8 minutes.
I usually choose to bake them following the oven method simply because it frees me up to do other things while they bake!
Burgers are great because they can be dressed up in many different ways to add variety and accommodate everyone’s tastes. You could go with the classic burger like pictured above with lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup and other classic toppings. Or you could go for something heartier like the mushroom and cheese topped burger pictured below with skillet potatoes.
This one is very simple and one of my favorites! Simply sauté mushrooms and onions with a little oil and a drop of barbeque sauce. Place your black bean burger on the bun add mushroom mixture and top with a slice of cheese (we used swiss). Then place on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for a couple minutes to crisp the bun and melt the cheese. ENJOY!