a tasty American take on falafel and a super replacement for vegetarians, these burgers are sure to please.
2 15-oz cans black beans (rinsed and drained well, divided)
2 Tbsp mayo
1/3+ cup plain dry bread crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
2 Tbsp salsa (drain as much juice out as possible)
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
2-4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
4-5 hamburger buns (or sandwich thins), toasted
1. Combine 1 can of beans, mayo, bread crumbs, baking powder, spices and salsa in a food processor or blender and pulse into a coarse puree (if using a blender, stir ingredients with a spoon before blending). Transfer to a bowl, stir in cilantro and remaining can of beans. Stir in up to 2 Tbsp more bread crumbs and 2-4 Tbsp flour to make a mixture that is no longer sticky and very easy to handle.
2. Form into 4 or so patties and place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 45+ minutes (very important or patties with fall apart while cooking).
3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. cook burgers until outsides are crisp and browned, 5-7 minutes total. Serve on toasted buns with fresh lettuce, onion, tomato, mustard, ketchup, etc.
this recipe is from Jen (Schofield Johnson) and i've tweaked it just a bit to be a little closer to falafel. it can also be made with pinto beans.