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Black Bean & Cilantro Burgers

Thanks to Chef Keith Snow of Harvest Eating for this tasty recipe!

Easy and delicious vegetarian dish with the added protein punch of black beans. Great summer time burger replacement. Kids love this one too.


1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. butter
1 19-z can black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1 2/3 cups)
1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten lightly
3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
Pure olive oil for frying


  1. In a small heavy skillet cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic in butter over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  2. In a bowl, mash one-third beans with a fork and stir in remaining beans, onion mixture, bread crumbs, egg, coriander, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Form mixture into four 4-inch patties. (Mixture will be wet and soft.) Gently dredge patties in cornmeal and transfer to a large plate lined with plastic wrap.
  4. In a heavy skillet heat 1/4 inch oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and cook patties in 2 batches 1 1/2 minutes on each side, transferring to paper towels to drain

Chef’s Note: Serve bean cakes with salsa. Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

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