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Black Bean Veggie Burger

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What comes to mind when you hear the term veggie burger? If you’re picturing frozen, tasteless patties, think again. When prepared properly, black bean patties can make for a delicious alternative to your typical meat option. And, the beans, vegetables and whole grains make it a great choice for diabetics.7

Ingredients
1 16 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
1 egg
3 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of Thai chili sauce or hot sauce

Directions
For Grilling:
Preheat your grill on high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil
For Baking: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet

– Mash the black beans with a fork until they’re thick and pasty
– In a food processor, finely chop the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, then stir into mashed beans
– In a separate bowl, mix the egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce
– Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans
– Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together
– Divide the mixture into four patties


For Grilling:
 Place the patties on foil and grill for about 8 minutes on each side
For Baking: Place the patties on baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes on each side

Serve with your favorite condiments.
* Whole grain buns are suggested for diabetics

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