Black Bean Jalapeño Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

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One of our favorite meals!  You can make these patties in advance and freeze them for later use (separate with wax paper so you can get them apart). Enjoy!

This recipe serves about 6-8.

what to do with the stuff:

Sweet Potato Fries

  • Pre-heat oven to 450
  • Rinse and cut sweet potatoes into fry-like pieces
  • Lightly oil baking sheet with coconut oil
  • Spread potatoes on cooking sheet and lightly spray with coconut oil and season with Cajun spice
  • Bake for 15 min then flip and bake for another 10 or 15 min

Burgers

  • Mash beans in a mixing bowl (leave a few half beans for texture, but no whole beans)
  • Add all other ingredients (1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped), 2 garlic cloves (pressed), 1 small yellow onion (chopped), 1 jalapeño (finely chopped) and mix with fork
  • Knead with hands until firm and uniform – divide and make patties
  • Heat heavy skillet with small amount of coconut oil and cook (about 5 minutes on each side)
stuff you will need:
  • 3 (15 oz) cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 1 onion (yellow) (chopped)
  • *1 jalapeño (finely chopped – optional if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Ezekiel hamburger buns (or English muffins)

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • cajun seasoning
  • coconut spray oil

Toppings for burgers

  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 avocado
  • pickles
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion

Watching your weight? 

No problem! Just skip the bun and save those carbs.  This is a hearty meal even without the bun. Just load it up with lots of toppings and enjoy!

Watching your oils?

For the burgers, you can grill them and that would eliminate the need for oil in the pan, or if you have a non-stick pan that would work as well.  (We are not a big fan of spay oils, but they are convenient.)  If you prefer, you can use a small amount of melted coconut oil in a bag with the seasoning and potatoes to coat.

If you are totally eliminating oils, you can bake them without oil all together (they may stick a little to the pan, but we have done this before and survived). 

Where’s the beef?

This is a hearty meal, even for meat eaters. It’s one of the best burger alternatives we’ve come up with. You can always make burgers your own way (lean turkey, grass-fed beef, etc.), but use our suggested toppings, fries and Ezekiel buns (or English muffins).

Preparation tips

This recipe makes about 7 rather large patties or 8 decent-sized patties. They can be frozen and used later. (Separate with wax paper if you freeze them. ). Also, there is a future recipe that calls for these patties to be made so if you have extra, they will not go to waste. 

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