So, I got to thinking last week--perhaps I can make a basic veggie burger that I will like and people will also like--novel concept I know. So, I cooked up some brown rice, got out a can of black beans and stared at them--could it really be as simple as I was thinking it could be? Yeah, it was--I do not know why I over think things so much.
Basic Black Bean Veggie Burger
16 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained well
1 cup cooked brown rice
5 egg whites
1/4 cup shredded carrots-squeezed to remove excess liquid
1/4 cup frozen corn thawed
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
pinch of salt
Add all the ingredients aside from the rice to a bowl and blend with a hand blender--or add all ingredients to a food processor. Once the mixture is blended completely stir in rice. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes, I did this in hopes the rice would grab some of the liquid of the mix and firm it up some.
Heat a non stick skillet on medium high heat. Add about 1/2 cup of the burger to the pan and cook on each side for about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and top with salsa and avocado.
Other Good Ideas:
--Use red beans instead of black
--add any vegetable you want--be sure to remove as much liquid as possible
--cook ahead and store in the fridge for weekly lunches