meatless monday: bean burgers, bittman style

bittman's bean burger, garnished with cheddar and sprouts. image by kelly schmidt.

It’s barbecue season, people! Don’t celebrate Memorial Day Weekend without a meatless option for you and yours…try Mark Bittman’s simple bean burgers. Recipe via Mint Demode. So put on your whitest whites, flippy floppies, and get outside!

Mark Bittman’s Simple Bean Burgers
14-oz. can of beans, drained (black, garbanzo, white, lentils)
1 small onion, quartered
1/2 c. rolled oats
1 tbsp. chili powder or spice mix of your choice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg
1 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the beans, onion, parmesan cheese, oats, chili powder, salt, pepper, and egg in a food processor and pulse until chunky but not puréed, adding a little liquid if necessary. With wet hands, shape into whatever size patties you want (You can make the burger mixture or even shape the burgers up to a day or so in advance-just cover tightly and refrigerate). Bring everything back to room temperature before cooking. Film the bottom of a large nonstick or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet with oil and turn the heat to medium. Cook until nicely browned on one side, about 5 min.; turn carefully and cook on the other side until firm and browned. You can refrigerate or freeze any extras for later use.

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