Cooking Together…Mexican Black Bean Burgers

This week I made Mexican Black Bean Burgers from Simple Bites. The recipe comes from The Everything Beans Book, which I highly recommend. Here’s the recipe if you want to print it:

Thoughts on This Week’s Recipe:

Ease of preparation: This one took a little work, but mainly because I only have a mini food processor so I had to do it in batches and it created quite a mess. I think it would be much easier if you use a large food processor or a Vitamix…so I now have one more reason I need a Vitamix! I also cooked my own lentils, which took a little more time than using canned.

The first batch of many in my mini food processor--the red bell pepper, onion, and garlic.

Overall opinion:
I really enjoyed these…they were super flavorful and I’m all for a healthier alternative to regular hamburgers.

Husband’s thoughts: He enjoyed these…although he is a big fan of regular hamburgers, so I’m not sure if I could get him to make the switch permanently, but he thought they were a nice change.

Would you make it again?
Yes…when I get my Vitamix! One thing I loved about these is that the recipe made 8 burgers, so I wrapped half of them in wax paper and froze them and we have another meal all ready to go in the future.

Did you omit or add anything? I didn’t use the jalapenos since I was serving the burgers to the kids too, and I didn’t want them to be too spicy.

How did you serve them? I served mine topped with cheese, tomato slices, pickles, and salsa. I would have loved to top them with some avocados too, but didn’t have any on hand.

Would you change anything next time? I might try them with a chipotle pepper in the mix, although they’re already pretty flavorful.

Although he looks happy and like he’s enjoying the burgers…he really didn’t eat anything except the bun, so I struck out with the kids on these ones, which surprised me. I think less picky kids would like them though!

This Week’s Recipe:

This week’s recipe comes from Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks. Print out the recipe and join me!

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