Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Black Bean and Bulgur Burgers

As hinted at in my Chickpea Burger post, I'm at the end of queue of Martha Stewart veggie burgers, this adaptation of one of her recipes being my last (for now). The bulgur I bought for Pinto Bean and Bulgur Burgers had a found a home on top of a can of black beans in kitchen cabinets, and I couldn't help myself from adapting this recipe to indulge one of my favorite combinations, black beans and corn. Almost a bean burrito made into a burger, smoked cheddar and scallions continue that theme, gilded by a healthy helping of salsa and sour cream on top. The key to keeping these burgers from falling apart is thoroughly draining the bulgur, beans, and corn (if frozen, then thawed); any excess water will make the burgers soggy, make them more difficult to shape, and cause them to spread as they cook. A fantastic alternative to a bean burrito, these zesty burgers are a great way to mix up your work week lunch routine.

Black Bean and Bulgur Burgers
adapted from Martha Stewart
makes 4 burgers

1/2 cup bulgur
1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup grated smoked or sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 whole wheat buns or pitas
Lettuce, salsa, and sour cream, for serving

1. In a large bowl, combine bulgur and 1 cup boiling water. Cover tightly and let sit until bulgur is tender, 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to remove liquid, then return bulgur to bowl. In a food processor, pulse black beans until coarsely chopped. Add beans to bulgur, along with cheese, corn, scallion, and egg. Season with salt and pepper and add cayenne, if desired; mix well.

2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add 1/2 cup bean mixture and press lightly with a spatula to flatten. Make 3 more patties, working in batches if necessary (add more oil for second batch), and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Serve burgers on buns with your choice of garnishes.

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