Our 4th of July this year may as well have been renamed “Food of July.” It was rainy and dreary in Georgia all day long, so naturally, I cooked. My mother-in-law is an incredible cook and has every kitchen gadget known to man, so cooking at the in-laws house is extra fun. While our furry friend swam, I was inside cooking up Caprese Salad, to-die-for homemade banana ice cream, and these incredible black bean burgers.
Recently, Chipper and I watched Forks Over Knives. We’ve always been decently healthy eaters, but since that documentary, we’ve aimed to eat “meat light.” What exactly is “meat light,” you ask? Well… not quite vegetarian, but not a ton of meat. Everything in moderation, right?
Except for ice cream. Ice cream in excess.
With the 4th of July being a classic burger and hot dogs day, we brought the grill under the porch awning and out of the rain for a little “meat light” grilling. Here is the recipe for the black bean burgers – and with a rating of 4.4 and 1,815 reviews, we bet our money on them being pretty good. And boy were they! And filling! After making the basic patty, we adapted it to fit our foodie desires.
So without further ado, here’s the recipe!
Black Bean Burgers with Swiss & Arugula Mayo (serves 8)
- 2 (16 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 onion, cut into wedges
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 8 slices swiss cheese
- 1 cup mayo
- 1 bunch arugula (divided)
- 2 large tomatoes
- 8 ciabatta rolls
- Pre-heat your grill & lightly oil 2 sheets of aluminum foil.
- In a bowl, mash the black beans until they are thick and sticky.
- In a food processor, finely chop the pepper, onion and garlic. Have paper towels on hand, as the mixture becomes very wet. Soak up some of the liquid from the mixture and then mix it into the mashed beans.
- In another bowl, mix the eggs, chili powder, cumin and hot sauce. Add to the mashed beans and veggie bowl.
- Mix in bread crumbs. The mixture will be surprisingly sticky and should hold together fairly well.
- Divide the mixture into 8 patties and place on the greased aluminum foil. They will now look like massive chocolate chip cookies. However, don’t get confused and eat them yet. Wouldn’t be so good.
- Place the foil onto the grill and grill the burgers about 8 minutes on each side. In the last minute, add the swiss to melt.
- While the burgers are grilling, food process 1 cup of mayo and 1 cup of arugula together until smooth and slice tomatoes. Ours were from our backyard!
- Once the burgers finish, compile your masterpiece. Ciabatta with a swipe of the arugula mayo, burger, tomato and a pile of fresh arugula.
- Woah yum.
So delicious. And easy. And good for the whole family. Highly recommended. Ok… now I will go eat ice cream.
So, I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are, meat light or not. Do share!