I have experimented with the ubiquitous Bean Burger and have found success in a base recipe. We wanted something that resembled the ingredients, was nicely browned, moist, held together when cooked, al dente and of course flavorful. I started out with Mark Bittman’s “The Simplest Bean Burger” and adapted a few times until we had a solid base recipe. The recipe below is topped with smokey poblano peppers and served with baked onion rings made from sweet vidalias coated in a crunchy whole wheat panko breadcrumb.
<— White Bean Burger with Spinach & Parmesan on homemade Focaccia.
|CowgirlBean Burger w/Grilled Poblanos & Baked Onion Rings||
- 2 cups cooked beans or a 14-oz can drained (we love black bean or cannellini bean but any will be good)
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves minced/pressed
- carrots minced about 1/3 cup
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon spice mix (we like Mexican with cumin, oregano, cocoa powder, dried chilies, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika,onion powder or try 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbl chili powder)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Leftover water from cooking beans and/or ketchup if needed for moisture
- Grilled Poblanos
- Cheese, Munster, Pepperjack, Cheddar etc.
- Toasted bread of choice: Buns, Focaccia etc.
- Onion Rings
- 2-3 Large onions, sliced into 1/2 inch circles
- 1/2 cup Flour (whole wheat)
- 3/4 cup Breadcrumbs and Whole Wheat Panko crumbs
- 1/3 cup Egg whites or Milk (Almond)
- Salt & Pepper
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and use a fork or a large wooden spoon to stir around and smoosh.
- If you need to, add a bit of the bean cooking water or ketchup to moisten. You don’t want them too wet; no extra liquid should be in the bottom of the bowl, all the ingredients should be sticking together easily.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes then shape into patties (this makes approximately 4).
- Let these rest for at least 10 minutes or up to a day (covered in the fridge).
- Spray the bottom of your medium heated pan (we used our Calphalon stainless).
- If you haven’t cooked your peppers yet, slice them thinly and cook in pan before adding your burgers.
- Add your burgers, cook about 5 minutes or until the bottom is nicely browned, flip and cook another 3 minutes, adding cheese and poblano peppers if desired the last 2 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and make a breading station: a dish with flour and S&P, one with eggwhites or milk and one with breadcrumbs.
- Roll onions in flour, then dredge in egg whites, then dipped and covered in breadcrumbs.
- Place on a cookie sheet or broiler pan sprayed with oil.
- Spray tops with more oil.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, flip and cook another 10 minutes or until browned and crispy!