Crispy Black Bean Burgers: Done Two Ways

October 17, 2012

Today, you get a special treat. I bring you one basic black bean recipe done two separate ways. You can either have a black bean burger topped with crispy bacon or a black bean patty with a perfectly fried egg and a simple spinach salad.

It’s totally your choice.

Why the two options? Well, it’s simple. Sometimes I like to be a little lazy. It’s nice to make an extra batch of something and use up the leftovers in new and exciting ways. Also, we have an uncommon affinity to bean burgers.

The burgers/patties are really pretty simple. You’ve got your black beans, onions, garlic and breadcrumbs. It’s nothing super out of the ordinary but it still packs in a good flavorful bite. I did, however, want them to be extra crispy and a last minute coat in panko did the trick.

After a good chill in the refrigerator—simply fry them up. It’s important to be patient while they cook. If you can manage, only flip them once. Otherwise, the burgers start to crumble.

Crispy Black Bean Burgers

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

3 carrots, finely diced

1/2 cup onion, finely diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup panko

1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 egg

Salt and freshly ground pepper

In a skillet over medium heat, melt your butter. Add your onion, carrots and garlic and sauté until the onions become translucent and a little golden. Remove from heat.

Add your black beans to a food processor and pulse a couple of times—just beginning to break up the beans. Add your cooked onion mixture and pulse an additional couple of times. Be careful to minimally process the mixture, you still want to see bits and pieces of the onions, carrots and black beans.

Place the bean mixture in a medium sized bowl and stir in 1/4 cup panko, Italian bread crumbs, eggs and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours.

Divide your bean mixture into about 5 patties. Coat the patties in the reserved panko and place in a skillet coated with non-stick spray over medium heat. Cook about 5 minutes each side or until golden brown.

Now, here’s the best part. The second part, if you will. 

You can use the bean burger as a burger and top with your favorite condiments. I highly suggest bacon. It gives it an extra crunchy and salty addition.

Or, you can make a simple spinach salad and top the patty with a fried egg. I like a runny yolk with this option. The spinach, black beans and eggs work really well together. It’s also a great choice if you want something a little different than a burger.