I worked for a few months tweaking this recipe until I nailed it. This wholesome bean-based burger is everything you are looking for–delicious, filling, super-healthy and easy to make.
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Spread the rinsed and drained black beans evenly on a large baking sheet. Place them in an oven preheated to 325 F for 15 minutes to dry them out a bit. (This is key as it keeps the burgers from being too mushy.)
Sauté the onions, garlic and bell pepper in the olive oil until soft. Put the softened onion/pepper/garlic mixture in a large mixing bowl with all of the remaining ingredients. Add the black beans. Stir the mixture until it is well blended. Use the back of a fork or large spoon to mash some, but not all of the beans.
Form the mixture into medium to large sized patties. Put burgers in a heavy skillet coated with pan spray and heated to medium – medium high. Cook burgers until the pan side is brown ( about 10 minutes). Be sure the heat is not too high to avoid burning. Carefully flip the burgers and repeat for the other side. The burgers should stiffen and hold their form as they cook – cook until they are.
Top the burgers with sliced avocado or toppings of your choice. I like mine drizzled with a little bit of ketchup or BBQ sauce. Feel free to serve the burgers with 100% whole grain hamburger buns if you prefer.
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