Cast Iron

Spicy Chia Black Bean Burgers

October  4, 2022
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  • Serves 2 to 4, depending on how hungry you are
Author Notes

These burgers are spicy and flavorful and hold up to a skillet without crumbling. Switch up the toppings by adding avocado, hummus, or a sunny-side-up egg! —Emily Heckel

What You'll Need
  • For the black bean burgers
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced or grated
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten free, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (approx. 1/2 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar or jack cheese
  • mayo
  • hot sauce or salsa
  • coconut oil or other oil for cooking
  • 4 potato buns (or gluten free)
  • butter for grilling buns
  • For the quick-pickled red onion
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (approx. 1/2 lime)
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Mash beans in medium bowl until mostly uniform, using a potato masher or fork. Stir in egg, panko breadcrumbs, chia seeds, onion, garlic, jalapeño, and spices. Cover and chill at least 15 min.
  2. While burger mixture is chilling, make the quick-pickled red onions by combining red onions, lime juice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Form burgers into 4 patties of uniform size and shape. The easiest way to do this is to roll each into a ball and then smash flat. Put patties in fridge for a couple minutes while you get the pan ready.
  4. Heat coconut oil or other cooking oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers until golden brown and hot throughout, approximately 5 minutes on each side. Put a slice of cheese on top of each burger after burgers are flipped. After a few minutes on the second side, place a lid on top of the pan to allow the cheese to melt thoroughly. Remove burgers from skillet.
  5. Lightly spread potato buns (or gluten free buns) with butter and grill in the same skillet for a few seconds on each side until warm. Spread buns with mayo and hot sauce or salsa, top burgers with pickled red onion, and serve.

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