I am always looking for good alternatives to meat burgers. Today my friend told me she found a great black bean burger recipe. These burgers are so good that I wouldn't care if I had to eat them every week. They are packed with protein and fiber and are under 350 calories! Best part: the meal is under $20 and the recipe serves 6 people!
Black Bean Burgers (courtesy of Cooking Light 2011)
- 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 c chopped cilantro
- 3/4 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese (we used reduced fat Mexican Blend)
- 1/4 c panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- sea salt
- 1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
- 2 large egg whites
Preheat over to 350.
Place black beans in a medium bowl- mash with a fork.
Not my hand in this photo, but the ring did come from Hefez and Sons Jewelers!
Stir in cilantro and the rest of the ingredients. (do not be afraid if the consistency is runny, that is the way it is before you bake it)
Shape into 6 even patties. Arrange patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, carefully turning once. (we cooked them for a litter longer than 20 minutes)
These burgers would be delicious topped with tomatoes and lettuce! If you want to be a little adventurous this Mango Salsa topping was surprisingly good, and not too sweet.
(optional) Mango Salsa (we used a white peach instead of a mango)
- 1/4 c cilantro
- 1 peeled mango or peach
- 3 T chopped shallots
- 1 T lime juice
- 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced (we left this out)
Combine ingredients and place on top of burgers. Eat with a whole wheat bun.
320 calories 13g of protein and 10g of fiber