Even though I haven’t really eaten it in like 12 years, sometimes I inexplicably miss red meat.
Okay, it’s not inexplicable. It’s mostly during the summer, when people are eating big, delicious looking juicy hamburgers. And loading them with tons of toppings on big tasty buns. In these moments, a grilled vegetable really doesn’t stand in. And sadly for me, most veggie burgers are WAY off limits because they are about 110 percent soy. Yeah, and that’s a REALLY bad idea for me.
So imagine my excitement when I found a recipe on the interwebs for a big veggie burger without soy or any soy derivatives (I’m looking at you, soy sauce). Ecstatic. And I pretty much had to them the first chance I got, which meant subjecting my whole family on a night I was responsible for dinner.
And although I got a few funny looks at first when I said I was making bean burgers for dinner, there were NONE of these guys left at the end of the night. They were an all around winner in the house, and I seriously can’t wait to make them again. And the Avocado sauce? Yeah, I’m making that on it’s own!
Black and White Bean Burgers
Adapted from How Sweet Eats
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 large egg + 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a large bowl, combine and smash black and white beans. Add eggs and bread crumbs and mix until well combined. Season to taste. You may need to add a few more bread crumbs to make the mix come together so patties will hold together. Form into 6 patties.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook burgers until each side is golden. Serve hot.
Avocado Basil Cream Spread
2/3 cup greek yogurt
1 avocado, chopped
10 medium basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
Add basil and avocado to a food processor, blending to combine. Once smooth, add in yogurt and blend again until combined. Add in salt and pepper to taste.