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Bean Burgers

Category: Dinner
Source: Kristen J. Gough

Our Crumbs blogger experimented with two types of beans, cilantro, crushed corn chips, mayo and other goodies to create her first batch of black bean burgers.

Cook Time: About 1 hour (including prep time)
Number of Servings: Eight 3-inch burgers
Ingredients: 1 15.5 oz. can black beans (drained)
2 15.5 oz. cans pinto beans (drained; you'll only use half of the second can)
1 cup corn chips, ground (measured after grinding)
1 egg
2 Tbsp. mayo
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
Slices of cheese, optional
Directions: 1. In a food processor, grind the corn chips and then set aside in a large bowl.

2. Drain all of the beans. Process 1 can of pinto beans until smooth. Add to the corn chips in the separate bowl.

3. Again, in the food processor, pulse the remaining pinto beans (remember half of the can; the rest you can save for another recipe) and half of the black beans until chunky but NOT pureed. Two or three pulses should do it.

4. Add the chunky pinto and black bean mixture to the corn and pureed bean mixture. Add the remaining ingredients (except the rest of the black beans) and stir.

5. Add in the whole black beans to the rest of the bean mixture and stir gently. The mixture will be loose.

6. On a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, form patties that are three-inches in diameter and one-inch thick. Place on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

7. In a large skillet, bring three tablespoons of oil to medium-high heat. Gently add the firmed patties to the oil and saute on one side for about 4 minutes; then, flip over gently and saute the next side for 4 minutes or until crisped. You should be able to fit four patties into the pan at a time.

8. Replace the parchment on the baking sheet and put the sauteed patties onto the sheet. Add a slice of cheese to the top (I used Monterrey Jack, but you can use whatever your family prefers). Melt the cheese in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 7 to 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the burger ingredients.

9. Serve the burgers on bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. I also added a chipotle mayo to the bun top for some extra heat.

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