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Author Notes: I have been testing recipes recipes for months for various types of veggie burgers. I used to buy them but then I really read the ingredient list and that made me put them right back in the freezer case. Most veggie burgers (except for a few brands) are not vegan and use eggs or egg whites to bind them together. An alarming amount of them also use TVP (texturized vegetable protein) and/or soy crumbles that show up in many vegetarian “meatless” but “meatlike” substances along with some other questionable ingredients. I wanted a purely vegetable/legume and vegan burger that was moist and tasty (who doesn’t want that in a burger?) while also still holding together when cooking. These fit the bill on all counts! —testkitchenette
Black Bean Burger Buns
- 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, packed
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, shelled
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs/panko
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- teaspoons chipotle hot sauce (more/less to your taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
- few grinds of fresh black pepper
- Use your food processor for this part and add all of the above ingredients and pulse until crumbly but not pureed.
- If it seems really wet, add some more bread crumbs. Taste and season for salt and pepper.
- Form into 4 patties. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat with some olive oil. Cook two patties at a time and flip after about 5 minutes to the other side. Remove from skillet and drain excess oil on paper towels. Cool for 5 minutes and split burgers in half with a bread knife (or other serrated knife). Stufff the inside with avocado mango salsa.
Avocado Mango Salsa
- 1 avocado, peeled and mashed
- mango, peeeled and chopped
- juice and zest of 1 lime
- 2 handfuls grape/cherry/mini heirloom tomatoes, quartered
- 1 scant handful cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all in a bowl.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Beans