Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Veggie black bean burger with shredded Monterey Jack, tomato, and lettuce. Served with a side of Caesar salad. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Spicy Black Bean Burgers. The Wildfire restaurant chain makes a very tasty black bean burger. It’s got just the right amount of spice to keep your attention. It’s served with avocado slices, Jalapeno Jack cheese, tomato and a spicy garlic aioli for some more bite. Wildfire is known mostly for its fire-grilled steaks, chops and seafood, savory salads, martinis, and special Pie-of-the-Month. I wasn’t expecting such a tasty vegetarian burger. And even as a meat lover, I would order that black bean burger all over again! And my Spicy Black Bean Burgers are respectable stand-ins!

The cheese-laden spicy black bean burger at Wildfire Grill in McLean, VA.  Served with fries, coleslaw, and a dill pickle spear.  Just might entice meatlovers to go vegetarian!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
The cheese-laden spicy black bean burger at Wildfire Grill in McLean, VA. Served with fries, coleslaw, and a dill pickle spear. Just might entice meatlovers to go vegetarian! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

After I returned home to my own kitchen, a few days later, I decided to come up with my own black bean burger.

Goya brand canned black beans (Photo Courtesy goya.com)
Goya brand canned black beans (Photo Courtesy goya.com)

My burger is made from black beans, roasted cumin, diced red bell pepper, crushed garlic, chili powder, minced sweet onion, breadcrumbs, chopped cilantro and a small handful of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Don’t use too much melty cheese or your black bean burgers will fall apart. You can also use cheddar cheese.

Veggie black bean burger with shredded Monterey Jack, tomato, and lettuce.  Served with a side of Caesar salad. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Veggie black bean burger with shredded Monterey Jack, tomato, and lettuce. Served with a side of Caesar salad. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Mix the ingredients together while mashing some of the beans and leaving some whole beans. Form the mixture into patties that are about an inch thick so they won’t break apart when you flip them. Chill the patties for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Form the black bean mixture into burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Form the black bean mixture into burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Warm a non-stick skillet with some canola oil. Saute or fry the bean burgers until they are browned on each side and warm in the middle.

Saute the Spicy Black Bean Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the Spicy Black Bean Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pan-sauteed black bean burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pan-sauteed black bean burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Serve on a toasted bun with sliced tomato and avocado, shredded Jack cheese, and a nice garlic aioli.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers on Toasted Buns with Garlic Aioli waiting for fixin's  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spicy Black Bean Burgers on Toasted Buns with Garlic Aioli waiting for fixin’s (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

I like to serve a side salad with this dish, although you could serve fries or onion rings. Your meat loving friends will be surprised that they enjoy this recipe!

Spicy Black Bean Burger and Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese on a Toasted Bun with Lettuce and Tomato (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spicy Black Bean Burger and Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese on a Toasted Bun with Lettuce and Tomato (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Bunless Spicy Black Bean Burger with melted Monterey Jack and a colorful salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Or, make black bean sliders by forming 4 burgers instead of just two and serve bun-less with a chopped salad.

Make spicy black bean burger sliders and serve bun-less (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Make spicy black bean burger sliders and serve bun-less (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My friend Dana made these burgers and here’s her result:

Dana loves these burgers!  Check out her version. (Photo Credit: Dana Williams)
Dana loves these burgers! Check out her version. (Photo Credit: Dana Williams)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients:

2 c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c finely diced red bell pepper
1/2 c minced sweet onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T chili powder
1/2 T roasted cumin
2 T chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 c unflavored breadcrumbs (I like to use Panko breadcrumbs)
1/4 c shredded Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese
1 t salt

2 T canola oil

Shredded or sliced Monterey or Pepper Jack for topping burgers after cooking (2 slices or 1/2 c shredded cheese)

Lettuce leaves
Ripe tomato slices
Avocado slices
Garlic aioli (combine 1 cup of mayo with a minced garlic clove and refrigerate until ready to use)

Method:

1. Mash the black beans in a bowl with a fork or potato masher. Leave some black beans whole. You want a dry mixture, not mushy like refried beans.
2. Mix together the beans, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, breadcrumbs, cheese and salt.
3. Form bean mixture into two round balls with your hands. Flatten balls into patties that are at least 1 inch thick so they don’t break apart when cooking. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4. Warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the canola oil.
5. Remove the black bean burgers from the refrigerator. Place in the skillet.
6. Saute burgers until browned on both sides and warm in the middle, about 10 minutes. Don’t flip or handle the burgers too often in the pan or they will fall apart. Once the burgers are brown and crusty on the bottom, then flip to the uncooked side and turn down the heat to low. Leave them alone until their other side is brown and crusty and the burgers are cooked through.
7. Top the burgers with the additional cheese. You can melt the shredded cheese under a broiler if you like a melty cheese, or use a cheese slice instead.
8. Serve on toasted buns with a dollop of garlic aioli.

Serves 2. Offer with lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and avocado. Goes great with my Colorful Chopped Salad or Simple Cucumber Salad.

Variations: You can add more or less spice to your liking. Omit the cheese if you are avoiding dairy products. Substitute parsley for the cilantro. Serve my spicy black bean burgers bun-less along with a side salad for a lighter lunch or dinner entree. You could make Juicy Lucy burgers with a few cubes of Monterey Jack cheese in the center of the black bean burgers instead of combining the shredded cheese into the black bean mixture. Use cheddar cheese instead of the Monterey Jack cheese.

Spicy black bean burger with shredded Monterey Jack and a chipotle cream sauce.  Side Caesar salad.  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spicy black bean burger with shredded Monterey Jack and a chipotle cream sauce. Side Caesar salad. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spicy Black Bean Burger with Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, Garlic Aioli, Lettuce and Tomato (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spicy Black Bean Burger with Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, Garlic Aioli, Lettuce and Tomato (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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