Saturday, November 12, 2011

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

1 can black beans drained
1 onion
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 egg
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp baking powder
1-2 C blended oats (put oats into a blender and blend until they make a "flour."  Store any extra in a ziploc bag labeled "oat flour")
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 carrot, grated
1/2 Red bell pepper chopped
1 large handful of spinach chopped as small as you can

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.   Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil; set aside.
Place beans, onion, garlic and egg in blender.  Blend until mostly smooth.
Scrape out into a bowl.  Add parsley, cumin, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and baking powder.  Then slowly mix in blended oats until the dough is not too sticky to shape.  Shape into patties, and place on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, then take out and turn over.  Bake for an additional 7 minutes.

This is much like my "chick-un nuggets" recipe, but with black more veggies!
It's amazing to me that something that looks this strange can taste so good.  Here is what it all looks like before adding in the oat flour.

 With the burgers this size, the recipe makes 12.  This time I doubled it (since it is slightly time consuming) so that I could freeze the extra patties. Here they are before cooking.
 And after.
I love that these burgers are not greasy.  They are more filling than a normal beef burger, AND my boys now prefer these ones.  They ask for "the healthy ones."
 They store great in the freezer and are a quick to heat up when you need a quick meal.
These with some homemade sweet potato fries makes a great meal!

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