Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish

(adapted from Cooking Light's Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish)

2/3 cup peeled and finely chopped cucumber
1/2 C red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 C red onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp dill, finely chopped
1/8 tsp salt
Dash of ground red pepper

1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 C dry breadcrumbs
1/4 C red onion, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 large egg
Cooking spray
1/4 C light mayonnaise
4 hamburger buns
dill sprigs (optional)


  1. To prepare relish, combine first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill 2 hours.
  2. To prepare burgers, place beans in a large bowl; partially mash with a fork. Stir in breadcrumbs and next 5 ingredients (through egg). Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2 inch thick patty.
  3. Heat pan to medium-high and coat with cooking spray. Cook patties for 5 minutes on each side or until thoroughly heated.
  4. Spread 1 Tbsp mayonnaise on the bottom half of each bun. Top each with a patty, 1/4 C relish, and top half of bun. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

I discussed this recipe here.

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