So sad that summer is coming to a close--especially since it barely even started. One of the summery foods we've started making recently, and which I think just may continue on into the fall, is homemade black bean burgers. Recipe from How It All Vegan (yes, ridiculous name for a cookbook):
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 small jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium red pepper, diced
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 cup corn niblets
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp cumin (I always add more)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Saute onion, garlic, oregano, and jalapeno in oil until the onions are translucent. Add the red peppers and saute another 2 minutes, until pepper is tender.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mash the black beans with a potato masher or fork.
Stir in the vegetables (including the corn), breadcrumbs, cumin, salt, chili powder, and cilantro. Mix well. Divide and shape into patties.
3. Cook on a lightly oiled frying pan on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes or until browned on both sides. When almost done, top with cheese and continue frying until melted.
Only problem is now I feel I can never go back to the old store-bought Morningstar Farms veggie burgers (which were always good for throwing together a quick meal after a long day at work). No matter--this is just that much better.