Recipe: Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Recipe: Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

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Marge Perry
Jul 1, 2015
(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love these hearty, flavorful meatless burgers. (You can, however, give them even more savory meatiness by adding chopped sautéed shiitake or cremini mushrooms to the mixture before forming the burgers).

And by all means, make a double batch of the ketchup — you’ll find a million uses for it, and it keeps well in the refrigerator for a week.

These burgers can be made in advance and gently reheated in a low oven or on a low grill away from the direct heat. (Place them on a piece of oiled foil and not directly on the grill rack.)

Tester's Notes

I like veggie burgers that actually taste like, well, vegetables, and this one didn't disappoint! The earthy flavors of the beans and cumin are nicely balanced out by the sweet Hawaiian hamburger rolls, so it's definitely worth seeking those buns out. The chipotle ketchup was easy to make ahead of time and would be a great dipping sauce for some sweet potato fries.

- Christine, July 2015

Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Serves 4

For the burgers:
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 (15.5-ounce) cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground cumin

For the chipotle ketchup:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 chipotle in adobo, minced (about 1 tablespoon), or to taste
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon chili powder

To make the burgers:
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 Hawaiian sweet hamburger rolls, split and toasted

Make the bean burger patties: Combine the egg and beans in a large bowl and mash them into chunks with a potato masher or large fork. (All the beans should be broken up, but there should still be pieces visible.) Add the breadcrumbs, onion, cilantro, mayonnaise, and cumin; stir to thoroughly combine. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Make the ketchup: Combine the ketchup, chipotle, lime juice, honey, cumin, and chili powder in a bowl, and set aside.

Cook the burgers: Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the patties and cook until crisp and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Serve on the rolls topped with the chipotle ketchup.

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