A few weeks ago, I had some burger buns to use up after making Italian Burgers (they’ll find their way on here eventually), so I decided to try these vegetarian black bean burgers. While I did enjoy these, depending on your palate, I would recommend adding “more” flavor. For me, these were spicy enough, but I wanted more actual taste so I think I might add in some cumin and garlic powder next time!
As you can see, we skipped the szechuan dressing and went for just regular burger condiments only because we didn’t have Szechuan sauce.
Black Bean Burgers
- 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 egg white, slightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Sliced roasted red peppers, jarred
- Sliced red onion
- 4 multi-grain rolls
- Szechuan Tomato Dressing, recipe follows
In a large bowl, finely mash the black beans with a potato masher or your hands. Add the shallots, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, Worcestershire, hot sauce, cilantro, egg white, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Form into 4 patties and arrange on a platter.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Sear patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until they have a nice crust. Remove the patties to a paper towel lined platter. Assemble the sandwiches with a patty, some spinach, roasted red peppers and red onion on the multi-grain rolls. Top with a good drizzle of Szechuan Tomato Dressing and serve.
Szechuan Tomato Dressing:
- 1/4 cup Szechuan sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, add the Szechuan sauce, tomatoes and cilantro. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Use as a dressing for the black bean sandwiches.