Black Bean Burgers

I love veggie burgers for a tasty, satisfying lunch. But some burgers billed as a healthy vegetarian option are actually stuffed with less than nutritious fillings. On top of that, some burgers can be outrageously expensive. This recipe is simple with just a few tasty ingredients and it costs only $0.50 per burger. 

Spicy Black Bean Burger
Makes 6 burgers 

2 cups black beans (or 2 cans 15oz cans)
2 yams, diced (or 1 large can, thoroughly rinsed)
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 7oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If using fresh yams, place on a baking sheet and toss with half of the olive oil. Bake 30 minutes or until softened. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the beans, yams, and peppers. Using a wooden spoon, mash the ingredients together until a paste forms. Stir in the bread crumbs. Scoop a small portion of the mixture into your hand and form a patty. Repeat to form approximately 6 patties (more or less depending on how big you like them). 

Line a baking sheet with the remaining olive oil. Place the patties on the baking sheet. Flip them over to coat both sides with a thin layer of oil. Bake on each side for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Add whatever toppings you like and enjoy! I've started using a black bean sauce to top mine (1 bunch cilantro, 1/3 cup black beans, and a few tablespoons water puréed together). Plus the usual pickles, lettuce, onion, and vegan bacon

Baking the yams in advance saves time

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