Any time I go to a restaurant and see the veggie burger is made in-house, I get excited. Although many times it disappoints, either it’s not cooked enough or bland. But I am always happily surprised to get the black bean burger at Duffy’s, a sports bar chain restaurant in South Florida. Better known for beer and chicken wings, the Duffy’s burger is very good. Baked and flavorful and topped with avocado. And I think this burger I created could rival the Duffy’s burger.
That’s why I’m dubbing this burger the Best Black Bean Burger. It has a nice balance of flavors, it’s not too dry and not too soft, a good amount of spices and will hold up with whatever toppings sound good at the time. The addition of zucchini and carrot keeps the burger from being too dry and adds a hint of sweetness. And the vivid colors don’t hurt.
The burger is very simple to make and I assembled it while I had something else in the oven, formed the patties and slipped it into the oven all while my side dish was baking. It would be a great substitute for a vegetarian or anyone looking to eat healthier at a Labor Day get-together.
Best Black Bean Burger
Makes 6 patties
- One can of black beans
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon spice of your choice (I used cumin)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dice or grate the zucchini. Place it in a bowl with slots, put a healthy dose of salt on it and let it sit for 10 minutes to sweat. Wrap it in a towel or paper towels and squeeze to get out all the liquid. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the black beans.
- Dice or grate a carrot, add it and the zucchini to the bowl with the black beans.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients and stir until mixed.
- Let the patty mixture sit for 15 minutes. They should firm up and dry out. If they still seem too wet, at more breadcrumbs, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture will form into patties and stay together.
- Oil a baking sheet. Form six patties and place on the baking sheet.
- Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.
- Flip and cook for 10-15 more minutes.
- Top with whatever sounds good. I recommend avocado or tangy barbecue sauce.
What foods are you most looking forward to on Labor Day?