Veggie Burger

Cherished by umami-starved vegetarians, scorned by hardcore grillmasters, generally misunderstood, and typically bought prepackaged, it’s way overdue for a revamp. If you’ve had (an enjoyed) a veggie burger before, we know you’re already on board with the project, but if you’re a meat chauvinist, hear us out: There is nothing wrong with putting a bunch of delicious ingredients together in patty form and eating them in a hamburger bun. Our recipe adds shallots, jalapenos, BBQ sauce, chili powder, and cumin to the typical black-bean-and-rice veggie burger base, and uses an egg white to make sure that the patties stick together (and form a nice crispy crust when they hit the grill). It’s hard to argue with that much flavor, no matter what eating ethos you call your own.

Photo by Barbara B.
Adapted from bonappetit.com

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SERVINGS

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SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from bonappetit.com

Ingredients

  • 1/3

    cup white long-grain rice

  • 2

    15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed

  • 1

    medium shallot, chopped

  • 6

    slices pickled jalapeño

  • 1

    tablespoon prepared barbecue sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon chili powder, preferably ancho

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1

    large egg white

  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

  • 4

    tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 6

    hamburger buns

  • Favorite burger toppings (for serving)

Directions

Cook rice according to package directions (you should have 1 cup cooked rice) and let cool. Set aside 1/2 cup beans. Pulse shallot, jalapeño, barbecue sauce, chili powder, cumin, and remaining beans in a food processor until a chunky purée forms. Transfer purée to a medium bowl and mix in egg white, rice, and reserved beans; season with salt and pepper. Form mixture into 6 patties about 1/2-inch thick; cover and chill 1 hour (this helps bind patties so they stay intact while cooking). Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in two batches and adding remaining 2 tablespoons oil between batches, cook patties until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Serve on buns with desired toppings. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION 6 servings, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 300 Fat (g) 11 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 45 Dietary Fiber (g) 8 Total Sugars (g) 4 Protein (g) 11 Sodium (mg) 910

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