Southwestern Black Bean Burgers

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Tortilla chips and black beans flavored with cumin and coriander give these burgers a Southwestern flavor, and the mushrooms give them “meatiness.” They’re tender and chewy on the inside and lightly crusted on the outside.

Southwestern Black Bean Burgers
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 6
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 fresh chile, minced or ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup ground corn tortilla chips (Whirl tortilla chips in a food processor until they reach the consistency of coarse meal.
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Warm the oil in a skillet on medium-high heat
  3. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Stir in the cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper and cook a couple of minutes until the onions soften.
  5. Add the mushrooms, carrots, chiles, and orange juice.
  6. Lower the heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes or until tender.
  7. While the vegetables cook, combine the ground tortilla chips, beans, and egg in a large bowl and mash well with a potato masher, or pulse in a food processor and then transfer to a blow.
  8. When the vegetables are tender, drain, and stir into the bean mixture.
  9. Form the burger mixture into six patties (a heaping ½ cup per burger), and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  10. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 25 minutes, until firm and lightly crusted.

Serve on romaine, topped with tomato and avocado salsa, or optional Monterey Jack cheese.

Per Serving: 1 Burger: Calories 252; Protein: 13 G, Carbohydrate: 41 G, Dietary Fiber: 13 G, Total Fat: 5 G, Saturated Fat: 1 G, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 G, Cholesterol: 36 MG, Sodium: 847 mg.