Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pinto Bean Burgers

These bean burgers are just your typical version of a regular burger, no fancy add-ins or taste twists. This burger was delicious and a perfect fit with all your favorite toppings-- looking at my pictured burger, I didn't go light, adding avocado, tomato, onions, spinach, and a pineapple slice! 
These are also super easy to make and you can always add in any of your favorite spices to the mixture. These bean burgers are great to freeze leftovers and when ready to eat, pop in the microwave for a quick and  tasty meal.

Pinto Bean Burgers: (4 patties)
1 cup pinto beans/kidney beans
1/4 cup pinto beans
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 cup oat flour*
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 egg white
1/2 onion, sliced & halved
1 garlic clove
chili flakes (optional)
                                                                               1 tsp chili powder
                                                                               1/2 tsp salt
                                                                               1/2 tsp cumin

Add tsp olive oil to a frying pan, add onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until onions are translucent and veggies are browned. In a food processor or large bowl, add 1 cup of beans, oats, egg, chia seeds, oat flour, spices, and the sauteed vegetables.  Pulse until mixed, about a minute. Or if doing by hand add mash & combine ingredients together with a fork. Once the mixture is ready, add the remaining 1/4 cup beans to give it a heartier texture. Divide into 4 patties, add a little olive oil to the pan again, place mixture on pan and shape round edges using a spoon or you can mold with your hands prior. Let cook for about a minute or two until the patty has set, flip and let cook until browned. Remove from pan and start your next or possibly do more than one at a time. Prepare your toppings and create a delicious, healthy burger, enjoy!
* You could possibly try replacing the oat flour with unflavored protein powder to give it even more of a protein boost, or choose any type of flour really, even bread crumbs will work. 

Buen Provecho!

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