From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Black Bean Burgers

LEVEL: Presto-easy!

2 cans Black Beans drained (or use ½ black and ½ kidney beans)
1 Cup corn (fresh is a little more special)
1 Cup *Brown Rice cooked and cooled
2 green onions chopped thinly
Optional: ½ Red Pepper chopped very finely or pimentos chopped finely
1 Egg
1 tsp of The Amazing Heat (I like it heaping!)
2 tsp of The Amazing Rub (to sprinkle and brown those outsides while adding taste)

Drain Beans, put in large bowl and mash leaving some whole, add corn, brown rice, green onions, chopped red pepper, egg and sprinkle and mix in 1 heaping tsp of Amazing Heat.

Mix up until all ingredients until incorporated.  I like to line baking sheet with parchment paper, and place ½ cup size scoops onto sheet leaving room in between to flatten them out.  This should make at least 6 generous size portions.  Cover with wax paper and flatten each scoop into a burger size.  You can refrigerate, or freeze at this point.

To prepare; add oil to skillet, (cast iron works marvelous) and cook until browned on each size (approx 3 minutes). 

Serve plated with a salad or on a bun with toppings.  Favorite way to make these burgers sing….Lime Cilantro Creme, see recipe!

Lime Cilantro Crème
1 Cup Yogurt (Faye is thick and creamy @2%)
1 heaping tablespoon of your best mayo
2 Tblsp. finely chopped Cilantro
1/2 good size lime, completely juiced ( lime zest would be good also here)
1 tsp Amazing Rub (this is the sweet and spices to balance the lime/yogurt zip)
Salt/pepper to taste

*Brown Rice:
1 cup of uncooked Brown rice
2 cups water or vegetable stock
1 tsp of Olive Oil
a little salt, or soy sauce

Bring rice to low boil in water, turn down to a very low simmer, cook for 35 minutes, shut heat off, let sit for 15 minutes. (this is enough for a double bean burger recipe, or great refrigerated and used in salad or soups)


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