Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Black Bean Burgers and Bell Pepper Rings
I decided I couldn't let the summer end without trying my hand at making homemade veggie burgers. These black bean burgers were really tasty, and they even held up great on the grill! I also somehow got the idea to make bell pepper rings. Like onion rings, but with bell peppers. I got some worried looks from my family who was over for dinner, but in the end I think they got on board with the idea. Don't worry, I made the onion rings too if you are scared!
Black Bean Burgers
makes about 5 patties, adapted from the innocent primate
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper
1/2 medium onion
1 can corn
2 C panko bread crumbs
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp chili powder
salt, to taste
buns, tomato slices, lettuce
Roughly chop the bell pepper, onion and carrot. Saute along with the corn for about 6-8 minutes.
Throw all the vegetables into a food processor along with the black beans. I ground my vegetables up pretty small so they would hold together well.
In a large bowl combine the vegetable mixture, bread crumbs, flour, chili powder and salt. Mix well.
Form into patties and refrigerate (or freeze) until you are ready to grill. These worked perfectly straight on the grill - just cook until both sides are browned. They would also work great in a skillet over the stove top. Top with your favorite burger toppings or try it with some salsa!
Bell Pepper/Onion Rings
serves 4, adapted from the vegan stoner
2 bell peppers
1 small onion
1/4 C flour
1/2 C almond milk
1 Tbsp corn starch
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 C panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 450.
Slice the onion and bell pepper into thin rings.
In one bowl mix together the flour, cornstarch and milk.
In a second bowl mix the olive oil, salt and bread crumbs.
Set up your assembly line - dip the rings into the flour mix, then the bread crumbs, and then place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
I really enjoyed these burgers and am already excited to try the bell pepper rings again.
Even though summer is almost over, I think there is still time for another cook out or two!
What fall foods are you looking forward to? I love a good chili night myself. Lots of baking too, of course!
Thanks for stopping by!