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Veggie Burgers

During my recent magazine purge, I tore out quite a few recipes to try out. First up, my BFF Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Veggie Burgers. You can find the original recipe here via Food Network Magazine, and below is my slightly modified version
Without further ado:
The Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Veggie Burgers
 The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Ingredients:
  • 1 can (about 2 cups) black beans, drained
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetalbe oil, for the pan
    4 slices cheese (PW suggests Swiss, but I had cheddar on hand)
  • 4 burger buns
  • Optional: Mayo, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and mayo/hot sauce mixture for topping
The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Directions:
1. Mash the beans: Using a fork, mash the beans in a bowl until they are mushy but still have some whole bean pieces throughout.
The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers

2. Make the burger mixture: Mix the breadcrumbs, grated onion, egg and some salt and pepper into the beans. Add a splash of water if the mixture looks dry. Set aside for 5 minutes. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil.

The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers
The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers

3. Form the patties: Divide the bean mixture into 4 equal balls and form into 4 patties. (Per PW, black bean burgers don’t shrink when they cook, so whatever size you make them when they go into the skillet will be the size they are when they come out.)

The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers

4. Cook the burgers: Brown the burgers in the skillet, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Add a slice of cheese to the top of each burger. PW suggests inverting a second skillet on top of the first skillet, but I only have one big skillet so I used some foil instead.  Continue cooking, for about 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers
The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Ta da! If you’re fancy, you can mix hot sauce and mayo together and top the burger along with lettuce or tomatoes.
The Amateur Librarian // Black Bean Veggie Burgers
I liked these a lot – more than I expected, really. They were super easy to make and fun to eat!
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