Monday, January 30, 2012

BBQ Black Bean Vegan Burgers

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I've been trying out a vegan diet the past few days.  Cutting out meat has been fairly easy for me because I'm not a huge fan of it.  Milk, eggs and cheese however... I'm having some serious separation anxiety!  This vegan thing is not going to be a permanent change...  The two things that have made the vegan diet difficult for me is that I have to eat more food than I normally do to feel full (which translates into me having to cook more) and  it's challenging to eat out because the choices are so limited.  Watching the movie Forks Over Knives is what sparked this vegan curiosity and their website is where I found the idea for these bean burgers.  They have a few recipes from Lindsay S. Nixon's cookbook Everyday Happy Herbivore.  (I basically just swapped out the ketchup for bbq sauce and omitted the mustard).  Zach's favorite burger restaurant actually has an amazing veggie burger with a strong bbq flavor.  That's kind of what I was going for here...

   adapted from "Quick Burgers" by Lindsay S. Nixon


1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup bbq sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/3 cup instant (quick cooking) oats


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray.  In a medium mixing bowl mash beans using a fork (or I use my tart tamper).  Mash them pretty well, but it's okay if there are a few pieces left not mashed.  Mix in the remaining ingredients.  Using a 1/3 measuring cup, form into 4 equal patties.  Place on the baking sheet and cook for 7 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 7 minutes on the second side.  Place on your favorite bun and enjoy dressed with your favorite fixins'.
I love that bbq sauce from Trader Joe's!  It's got a spicy kick that is really nice in these bean burgers. 
I think I use my tart tamper for everything but making tarts;)  These bean burgers are simple, quick and innexpensive. 
Zach's mom called us the other day and said "I have four words for you... Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye"... which was funny because Zach and I were splitting one with our bean burgers that night.  They went great together!

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