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Low Fat Black Bean/Veggie Burger

What you need: 

2 cans (16 oz) black beans
2 whole carrots, shredded
1/2 apple, finely chopped (I used a Braeburn for its firmness and sweet/tart flavor
3/4 cup salsa -or- 2 green onions, 1 Roma tomato, 1/4 green pepper, 1 jalapeno pepper, all finely chopped + 3 tablespoon tomato paste
2 to 3 cups oats
1/4 cup wheat germ (or wheat bread crumbs)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons oregano or Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 to 4 cloves minced garlic (or 1 to 2 tablespoon of the canned stuff)
1 cup reconstituted textured soy protein or couscous

What you do: 

Drain beans. In a large mixing bowl, mash them with a fork, potato masher, or your hands.
Boil just over a cup of water and reconstitute your textured soy protein or couscous now, if you haven't already done so.
Shred carrots and chop veggies if you're using those instead of the salsa. Combine those and all other ingredients with the smashed beans. Start by adding just 2 cups of oats.
The mixture should be sticky, not too dry, but definitely not gooey. Just think of the consistency of raw ground beef (if that doesn't gross you out). The next step will determine if you need to make it wetter or dryer.
Start warming your skillet on the stove about now. Keep it on med-low to warm it, in case the next step takes longer than expected.
Non-stick coat your hands with either a bit of olive oil or flour. Scoop about 3/4 cup of mixture into your hands, roll around, and press into a patty.
You should be able to do this fairly easily, without the mixture crumbling up or being a non-manageable handful of goo.
If mixture is too dry, add salsa. If mixture is too wet, add oats.
Coat your skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and slap down the patty. If you can help it, place the freshly-formed patty right from your hand, rather than laying it down somewhere and trying to pick it back's not too easy.
Wait until the first side is at least somewhat browned before flipping the patty over. I also recommend having a spatula that is at least as big as, or close to, the size of the patty. These two steps will make it easier to fry up the patty without it falling apart.
Serve on your favorite crusty vegan bread or wheat bun. Top with your favorite burger toppings, such as mustard, sliced tomato, and crisp bib lettuce or spinach.
This recipe yielded 16 patties for me, but this may vary depending on the size you prefer. Since this makes quite a lot of burgers, I recommend freezing at least half of this mixture in a well-sealed container.
This recipe is also super-sweet because of the variety of protein sources, its high-fiber and low-fat content, and flexibility--you can always add more or less seasoning depending on your taste.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
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amazing recipe! it was so easy and it made alot. thanks for posting!



...that sounds like a good idea.  I'm going to try that next time!


yeah, this makes a good basic "meat" crumble that you can use like ground beef.  it works well to brown it in a skillet and then season accordingly.



I used non-canned beans (soaked overnight, and boiled for an hour), which mashed very readily with my fingers.

I always tend to make changes (it's usually due to what i have in the apartment), so here are the delicious changes I made:
-Instead of Cumin, vegan taco seasoning (pretty much cumin anyways)
-used 1/2 cup chopped portabellas and only 1/2 cup cous cous
-added 1/4 cup flax seeds
-added 1/2 tsp mustard powder
-used a bit more tomato paste -- maybe about 4 Tablespoons?
-only used 1 cup oats, because of my additions.
-baked them in the oven, with olive oil spray on the baking sheets and on top of the burgers.  400 degrees, about 20 min, and flipped and another 10-15.  I then froze them to use for quickie lunches (much like the frozen patties you can buy in the store)


Great recipe! Super easy, and the basic ingredients make it something that can be thrown together at the last minute.  I cut the recipe in half and it still made 9 normal size patties.  I would add a couple other 'flavorful' ingredients of your choice, just to give it a little more kick. If you like basil, definitely throw in some fresh basil leaves, or corn, mushrooms, use extra hot salsa, etc.  The recipe is so versatile, I think anything would work well. Can't wait to serve these at a summertime BBQ :)

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