My boys have been on Spring Break this past week and we decided to head down to San Francisco. We had an amazing time down there - visited with family, went to Alcatraz, rode the cable cars, visited Fisherman's Wharf, went to a couple of amusement parks, but mostly we ate. We ate and then we ate some more and when we were done, we ate more. I feel like I need to go on a juice fast for a week. I can't remember the last time I ate so much. My husband's side of the family down there is Italian and they are phenomenal cooks. One night it was lasagna, then there was a large roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, another night an amazing chicken cacciatore served over a creamy mound of polenta....I could go on and on because I ate and ate. It really was insane.
Ahhh, so we arrived home this afternoon. So much to do, but first and foremost, I had to make dinner since we were all starving and it had to be healthy. I recalled seeing a recipe for black bean burgers and decided to give them a try. The particular recipe I used was from Gourmet. Healthy and delicious, it was a hit for both me and my husband.
I made a few tweaks from the original recipe by using low-fat mayo and panko breadcrumbs instead of regular dry breadcrumbs. I just love Panko, so I rarely use the regular. I also chose to bake my patties as opposed to frying them. Make sure to use fresh salsa, sourcream and a nice crisp lettuce. It will make all the difference in the world. Enjoy!
Black Bean Burgers
2 (14-oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 soft hamburger buns
Accompaniments: sour cream; salsa; lettuce
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Pulse 1 can beans in a food processor with mayonnaise, bread crumbs, cumin, oregano, and cayenne until a coarse purée forms. Transfer to a bowl and stir in cilantro and remaining can beans. Form mixture into 4 patties.
Place patties on top of a broiling pan that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Spray top of patties lightly with more cooking spray. Cook for 7 minutes. Turn patties over and cook for 5 more minutes.
Serve on buns with sourcream, salsa and lettuce.
*Image provided by Gourmet