Black Bean and Corn Burger

I love creating things from ingredients I have in my pantry. I had some corn on the cob that no one ate and I hate to see food go to waste. I looked in the pantry and saw that I had plenty of canned black beans and I even had cooked rice from the night before to use as a binder which I figured that would be a natural combination. I enjoy making burgers, especially vegetarian burgers so voila!

I made these for myself and my son’s girlfriend and she wanted cheese and I did not, hence the two photos above. I served them without bread, as that I did not have, but it did not matter, this is a stand alone dish and was worth it all the way!

Ingredients – makes 4 burgersĀ 

*Black beans – 1 can (drain a little of the liquid only)
*Corn on the cob – 2 cobs, kernels cut off
*Cooked rice – 1/2 cup
*Egg – 1 large egg
*Seasoned bread crumbs – 1/3 cup
*Garlic powder – 1 teaspoons
*Onion powder – 1 teaspoons
*Chipotle powder – 1 teaspoon
*Smoked paprika – 1 teaspoon
*Kosher salt – 1 teaspoon
*Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
*Canola oil – 2 tablespoons
*Sharp cheddar cheese – 4 slices (optional)

  • In a large bowl add the black beans, corn, rice and egg and mash and mix well; leave the beans a little intact
  • Add the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and mix until well incorporated
  • Place in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes
  • When ready, heat a non-stick large pan on medium high heat and add the oil
  • Form 4 nice size patties and add 2 at a time to the pan and lower the heat to medium
  • Cook first side for about 2-3 minutes and then flip over and add the cheese
  • Cover the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted
  • Repeat again with the other 2 patties or save them for later

Tips: you can add some raw onions to the mixture if you like. Serve with avocado slices, tomato slices or even the bruschetta I made a few days ago. If you are going to serve on a bun, make it a good one!


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