Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Double Bean Burger

You are going to fall in love with this little burger. I mean, the flavor and texture are amazing but it is quick to make, costs under $10 for six huge patties, and can be frozen to serve whenever a yummy fast dinner is needed. You have healthy and hearty within minutes. I love to be able to have go to meals that I can whip up in no time. It's a family winner dinner.

 Double Bean Burger

1 can kidney beans (14oz)
1 can black beans (14oz)
1 ¼ cup gluten-free quick oats (non gluten-free is fine)
¾ cup green onions
½ cup chopped kalamata olives
½ cup fresh parsley
2 ½ Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp fresh oregano
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp dijon mustard
½ tsp sea salt
1 avocado (optional)

First, you'll want to drain and rinse both your cans of beans. Chop the green onions, kalamata olives, fresh parsley and oregano. The fresh herbs for this burger makes it so tasty but I know sometimes you can't get fresh so, yes, you can substitute dry but remember, dry is more potent - use about ½ then recommended. I used to be so afraid of fresh herbs but the pain of extra prep time is quickly forgotten once you realize the beautiful flavors herbs bring to every dish.

In a blender or food processor, blend the beans together. This may take a bit of patience. I used my vitamix and just kept helping it along. Eventually, it will become very smooth then you'll want to add your green onions, parsley, tomato paste, minced garlic, maple syrup, dijon mustard, and sea salt. You'll need to help this blend once again. It doesn't have to be completely smooth. You want to make sure the herbs and green onion are evenly blended throughout. Next, add the olives and blend quickly...a bit of olive pieces throughout each burger is perfect.

Using a spatula, put the bean mixture into a bowl and stir in the oats. Once the oats are blended in evenly, you'll need to set this mixture in the refrigerator for about 30min before creating your patties. This just helps everything bind together.

Remove from refrigerator and preheat your oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and make your bean patties. If I want round patties, I'll use the top of a glass drinking cup and slice each into a perfect circle. Once your patties are made, put these into the oven. After 15-20min you'll want to flip the burgers and brush lightly on each. Cook another 10min or until brown. Remove and add some avocado on top each burger. I loved these burgers to be set on my Cauliflower Puree and added arugula and tomatoes on top. There are limitless options to dress this burger up but of course, you can just enjoy it plain.