Friday, September 2, 2011

Mini Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Mini Spicy Black Bean Burgers

I do adore these tender, spicy little sliders! Black soy beans have more protein than regular black beans, and in most recipes you cannot tell the difference, so I almost always use them. I love the flavor smoked paprika adds to this recipe, but you can certainly use any paprika you have on hand, and can also adjust the amount of heat by increasing the amount of crushed red pepper, using a mix of dried pepper flakes, adding some cayenne or hot sauce, or even by using finely minced fresh hot peppers. This recipe can easily be made vegetarian by using Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce and a vegetarian egg substitute. I love it with my Roasted Red Pepper and Yogurt Sauce, but it is also excellent with just a little sour cream or yogurt, salsa, barbecue sauce, or even sugar free chutney.

2 15-ounce cans drained and rinsed black soy beans or black beans (for testing we used black soy beans) (880 calories, 77 grams protein)
2 finely minced scallions (white and green parts)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon regular or Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce (or to taste)
1 beaten egg white or egg substitute (16 calories, 3.6 grams protein)
1 scoop heat stable unflavored protein powder (for testing we used Any Whey protein powder) (70 calories, 17 grams protein)
Freshly ground black pepper
Lettuce leaves (optional)
Roasted Red Pepper and Yogurt Sauce (optional)

Smush the beans in a medium bowl until smooth. Mix in the egg white until well blended, and then add the remaining ingredients until well-blended. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat and generously grease with non-stick cooking spray. While the pan is heating, form the bean mixture into 10 small patties and set on a large plate or platter. Fry the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are heated through and have a golden-brown crust. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold by themselves, or in lettuce leaves topped with the roasted red pepper and yogurt sauce.

Makes 10 servings.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

966 calories and 97.6 grams protein total (without sauce)
96.6 calories and 9.76 grams protein per serving (without sauce)

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