Southwest Black Bean Burger

12 mins
12 mins
8

Classic southwestern flavors give these Southwest Black Bean Burgers a South of the Border flair. Black beans are a great source of protein and fiber, with less fat than beef or turkey.

Ingredients

FOR THE BURGERS

  • 1 cup black beans, dried
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 cup jalapeños, chopped and seeds removed
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 chipotle chili, chopped
  • 3/4 cup roasted cashews, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • 6-8 cheese slices
  • 6-8 burger buns
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

Ingredient Tips

DIVIDED OIL
Use 1 tablespoon to oil grates and 2 tablespoons to cook chili and onions.

Directions

Step 1 Of 10
1
In a large container, soak dried black beans in water and cover overnight. Drain beans and rinse.
Hot Tip
Beans will double in size, so add water as needed.
2
In a medium-size cast-iron skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat until it starts to smoke.
3
Add onion and jalapenos. Stir frequently and cook until onions are translucent. Add garlic and stir while cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add chipotle chili and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl.
4
Place cashews in food processor bowl and pulse until finely chopped. Add to bowl with onions and chilis.
Hot Tip
It should take about 10-12 pulses to finely chop the cashews.
5
Add beans and shredded cheese to food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped. Transfer to the bowl with onion, chili and cashew mix.
Hot Tip
It should take about 8-10 pulses to roughly chop the beans and shredded cheese.
6
Add mayonnaise, egg and bread crumbs to bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix together thoroughly.
7
Form 6-8 round patties. Place on plate and put in freezer for 15 minutes to solidify.
Hot Tip
You can use a large biscuit cutter as an alternative to using your hands
8
Oil grates and preheat grill to 400°F. Remove patties from freezer, lightly brush each patty with olive oil and place on grill oil-side down. Coat the other side.
9
Cook patties 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Top with cheese for the last minute to melt and remove from grill.
10
Assemble patties on burger buns with your favorite toppings and condiments.
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