Black Bean and Pepper Jack Burgers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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These are one of the better bean burgers that I have eaten. They look like a hamburgers but taste like burrito.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 15.5-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 oz. finely grated pepper Jack cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 1 large scallion, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil; more for the plate
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • Jarred chunky salsa (fresh, if possible), for serving
  • Sliced avocado, for serving

Preparation

    1.Put the oats in a food processor and pulse three times to roughly chop. Add half of the beans and pulse into a coarse paste, about 6 pulses. Add the egg, cumin, and 1/2 tsp. salt and process to mix well, about 1 minute.
  1. Transfer the bean mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the remaining beans, the cheese, scallion, and cilantro.
  2. With wet hands, form the bean mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties and transfer to a lightly oiled plate. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes to let the burgers set up.
  3. Heat a large heavy-duty skillet (preferably cast iron) on high heat until very hot; add the oil and swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Cook the burgers until browned, with a good crust, 2 to 3 minutes; then carefully flip and cook, flipping again if necessary, until the burgers feel firm when pressed with a fingertip, another 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. 5.Serve the burgers in the buns, topped with the salsa and avocado.



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