Now, I had some trust in Ms. d'Arabian already, primarily due to the recipes we had already tried from her fantastic cookbook and show. I'll list some of those later in this post, but, needless to say, they were terrific, and I'm usually pretty stoked to hear that one of her meals is on the menu. In fact, probably one of the only reasons I agreed to this experiment in meatlessness is because the author gave it at least a modicum of credibility. Still...a burger without meat? Really?
I took the plunge. And...wow. These are so good. I, meat lover extraordinaire, didn't miss the meat. Not one bit. In fact, the meat has so many good stand ins here (eggs, tortilla chips, cheese, black beans), it's really tough to make any sort of case for the idea that it ought to have included meat in the first place (other than the fact that it's a burger!). Use the right salsa for a topping, and you get a smoky, slightly crunchy, and very hearty flavor in the first bite that just begs you to try another. Speaking of the salsa, you could use pretty much anything, but we found a bottle of Tostito's Simply Natural Black Bean and Corn Salsa that really hit the right note. Unfortunately, I ran out half way through, and had to use a generic mild salsa for the topping. Grr! Even more unfortunately, I think Tostito's stopped making this amazing salsa! Why, Tostito's, why?
|Simple, inexpensive ingredients|
|I love my burger press! It makes these types of recipes so much easier!|
|This traditional burger shape makes them easier to cook properly|
|Fry 'em til the outside is nice and crunchy!|
|Serve these with some additional blue corn tortilla chips or a nice southwest salad|
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You won't miss the meat in this hearty "meatless" burger recipe. Don't believe us? Try it!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Inactive Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: about 1 hour and 10 minutes
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup salsa (black bean-based salsa is recommended, but any should work)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated (use Tillamook!)
1 cup crushed tortilla chips (blue corn preferred)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbsp vegetable oil
4 hamburger buns
1 scallion, chopped (optional)
- Smash beans in a large, shallow bowl down to the point where all are somewhat mashed, but some beans are still holding together.
- Add cheese, chips, egg, pepper, salsa, and salt (and scallion, if you choose), and stir until well-mixed.
- Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, then form into 4 patties. I highly recommend using a burger press for this step.
- Cover patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- If desired, heat buns in an oven warmed to 350 degrees while cooking patties.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a very large skillet to medium heat, and add burgers to pan. Cook until golden brown (4-6 minutes per side). When flipping, add additional 1 tbsp of oil. Serve on buns, topped with additional salsa.
Approximate, per burger
Total Fat: 28.3 g
Cholesterol: 78 mg
Sodium: 1698 mg
Potassium: 124 mg
Total Carbs: 71 g
Protein: 21 g