Vegetarian Black Bean Burger Recipe
A legume is the edible seed of a pod plant.
Black beans and other pod plants such as peanuts, soy beans, lentils and peas are usually dried or canned and are rich sources of protein for vegetarians.
Vegetarian & Gluten Free Black Bean Burger
This vegetarian recipe also happens to be gluten free.
Using corn and black beans in the same recipe creates a complimentary protein.
When you combine a whole grain (grass) food and a legume it is called a complimentary protein.
It is important for vegetarians to to focus on eating a variety of complimentary proteins in every meal so that they have a better chance of getting all the essential amino acids normally found in animal proteins.
Black Bean Burger Recipe
1 (15-16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 cup whole kernel corn
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
corn meal to bind
- Mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
- In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
- Add chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
- Mix in corn meal until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into patties.
- Optional: Dust press patty into seasoned corn meal to coat outside.
- Grill or sear on high heat about 5 minutes on each side.
Vegetarian Gluten Free Meatballs
You can also use the above recipe to make gluten free vegetarian “meat” balls.