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Black Bean Burgers


  • 2 15.5 oz cans of black beans drained but not rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1/4 cup of red onion minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
  • Fresh brioche buns
  • Slices of Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Tomato slices
  • Red onion
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Guacamole


  • Drain the black beans and shake them around in a strainer, but do not rinse.
  • Put the beans in a large bowl and, with a fork, mash them until 3/4 of the mixture of mashed. Leave 1/4 of the beans in full form for texture.
  • Add the panko bread crumbs, egg, and seasoning.
  • With the fork, fold the ingredients in until everything is completely combined.
  • With clean hands, start forming the patties. A heaping handful should make one good-sized patty.
  • If not making the patties right away, wrap and place in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a lightly greased skillet over moderate heat.
  • Carefully place the patties onto the skillet.
  • Cook for 4 minutes or until lightly browned, then carefully flip.
  • Cook for another 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Place cheese slices on top of patty and cover with a lid to steam the cheese.
  • Remove the patties from the skillet, place on brioche bun, and dress the burger as you wish.