Black Bean Veggie Burger

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

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

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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