Spicy Black Bean Burgers


Spicy Black Bean Burgers (adapted from Skinnytaste.com)

16 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped scallions
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 jumbo egg
1 tbsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup quick oats
1 small hass avocado, sliced thin

Dry the beans well after washing, extra moisture keep the burgers from sticking. In a bowl, mash beans with a fork until thick and pasty.

In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, cilantro, onion, and garlic, then add oats, then egg and spices. Then stir into mashed beans.

Divide mixture into 4-5** patties (using slightly oiled hands helps) and place them onto a flat surface covered with wax paper.

(If the mixture is too wet, chill the mixture 30 minutes in the refrigerator or add another more oats).  **I doubled this recipe and made 9 burgers**


Freeze at least 2 hours before cooking or keep frozen until ready to cook.


Heat a lightly sprayed skillet to medium heat and cook frozen burgers about 6-7 minutes on each side.
If grilling, preheat grill over medium heat, and lightly oil a sheet of foil; grill 7-8 minutes on each side or you can bake in the oven at 375° on a lightly oiled baking sheet.




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