I saw an idea for these this afternoon and played with it for our dinner – and had some very tasty mini burgers! The original recipe I saw was more bland and didn’t have enough binding, the bread crumbs and a longer sitting time allowed the mix to thicken up.
Black Bean and Rice Burgers
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup rice, cooked and slightly cooled (instant works well)
2 slices bread, pulverized into crumbs
1/3cup onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp BBQ sauce
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp diced garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 mini buns (dinner rolls work well)
2% fat cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
ketchup or more BBQ sauce
In a large bowl mash the beans. Mix the beans, rice, onion, egg, BBQ sauce, seasonings and breadcrumbs. Stash in the refrigerator for an hour or two to blend.
Divide the mix into 6 balls, flatten into patty shape.
Heat a large non stick skillet over medium high heat (7) and then add in the oil. Add in the patties and then reduce the heat to a setting lower (6).
Cook 5 minutes, then carefully flip over. Flatten the patties a bit with your spatula. Lower the heat another setting (to 4) and cook for another 5 minutes. You may want to lower your stove one more setting if browning fast.
Top the patties with the cheese. Dress your buns how you like and top each with a burger.
Serves 3 by themselves, with other items added you can serve up to 6.