Saturday, March 12, 2011

Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

I love black bean burgers and I've tried quite a variety of them. What is fun about these burgers are their versatility. Everyone seems to have their own "secret" ingredient and of course their own special way of cooking them.

Some extra add-ins I've tried, which are all delicious btw...

+peppers (spicy and mild)
+tomato sauce
+vegan cheese
You see..the list goes on forever!

Cooking Methods:

+BBQ!(Seems most popular)
+Oven Baked
+Pan Fryed with Olive oil
+BBQ then Oven Baked (The combo, as I refer to it)

What was my secret and method of cooking?

My secret ingredient happens to be rolled oats! Although I shouldn't really claim rolled oats as my own secret ingredient of choice, my mom has been putting rolled oats in burgers ever since I was a kid. This was my first time however pairing it with Black Bean Burgers. My method of cooking was oven baked, still a little to cold to bring out the BBQ.

Black Bean Burgers
1 can of Black Beans
1/2 an med. onion
4 mushrooms (diced)
1/2 cup of oats
1 garlic clove
1 tsp of cumin
1 tbsp of Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Hot Black Bean Burger Option: Add some diced jalapeno or your favorite hot sauce to the mix!

Rinse the black beans and then put them in a food processor. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend! Once it is a good paste consistency, divide up the batter into 4-6 burgers depending on size. Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 375F oven for 1 hour. Flip half way through cooking time.

Now comes for the toppings...this is endless too! I personally love to top my burger with avocado, tomato, and lettuce!

Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries have become extremely popular around here. I see them in restaurants, in the frozen aisle in grocery stores, and even at some concessions! We really love them in our house and during this season they are super cheap to make yourself.

1 large sweet potato
1 tsp of olive oil
1 tbsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Peel the sweet potato and then slice into strips length wise. I have this awesome kitchen tool that makes wavy fries, that I have to share it with you. I bought it for 2 dollars at a grocery store, awesome find!

Place fries in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Mix it up and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375F for only 15 minutes. Check on them every 5 minutes to flip over. These little gems can burn quite quickly compared to a regular potato, plus they will not turn out as crispy, but oh my are they ever good!

What is your choice of secret ingredient and special cooking method when making homemade burgers?

What is your favorite french fry? I love homemade types of any kind, whether russet, sweet potato, yam or jicama(raw style) :)


Cosmic said...

this is great nourishing comfort food at it's best!

Maggie said...

Cosmic, you are right about that! It's been pouring down rain here the past couple days and this meal was warm and cozy :)

bitt said...

I have added oats until I realized I was sensitive to them (even GF ones). I posted my favorite bean burger recipe last week. But I change it every time!

I love your fry cutter. I want one of those. We love sweet potato fries here too.

Maggie said...

Oh Bitt, I totally missed your bean burger post! I just went back and read it, those look delicious! Love the ingredients, yum :D I love changing it up every time too. Last night's recipe was basically what I had on hand, so not overly exciting but still yummy!

I found the fry cutter at a local grocery store, but i'm sure it's available in kitchenware stores or online somewhere. It's so fun to use! I acutally look forward to cutting a bunch of fries lol :)

Crystal :D said...

That looks very yummy!! I think i am gonna make some at work for lunch tomorrow!!! :D
P.S. I always wondered what the fuck those wavy things were for, maybee fancy coke lines? add some sport to the snort!!! LOL!!!

Debra said...

This looks so good! Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Debra
Raw Vegan Diet

Debra said...

Looks delicious and so nourishing!
Blessings, Debra
Raw Vegan Diet

rawkinmom said...

Stylish Blogger award for you!!! :)

blessedmama said...

It's hard to believe that one can of beans can make so many burgers! And baking for an hour! Maybe that's why mine fall apart - I'm not cooking them long enough. See? I learned! :-)

Mary @ Bites and Bliss said...

Black beans and oats in a burger?! AND sweet potato fries? Sign me up!! It all looks delicious!

candice said...

i keep wanting to try a veggie burger...and those fries look sooooo good!!

Maggie said...

Thanks everyone for the comments :D You all have to give these a try and the best part is they are really cheap to make! I think a can of black beans here is around 1.25 and it makes like 6-8burgers :D