Griddled Black Bean Burger is great substitute for healthy plant based meat sandwich. Quick easy and inexpensive alternative meat, that can taste surprisingly great. The key to having a successful alternative plant meat is to use beans that have good protein and higher fiber. The black beans are perfect choice, given good texture and color. But to get superior burger flavor profile cook your own black beans.
Getting Beans Right:
Beans play a very important part in helping get the meaty profile of a burger. Texture of the Grilled black bean burger is crucial to obtain the proper bite associated with burger. The first try in making Grilled Black Bean Burger was somewhat successful, favors where right, moist but too soft in texture. Using Instant Pot to cook my dry black beans worked but there was too much liquid left after cooking for 30 minutes. The flavor was perfect and color of beans where nice and black. Left with having to reduce excess moisture off beans. Still after cooking black beans for another 20 minutes still left a lot of moisture in the beans. A solution was to wash off the extra liquid. But this would greatly reduce flavor and black color of the beans.
Persevere Black Beans Integrity:
The challenge was drying the cooked black beans moist out without loosing its integrity. Looking at other recipes I found a solution in baking cooked beans. By spreading cooked black beans on a sheet tray and baking them in 325 degrees oven for 20 minutes accomplish the right texture. The length of time baking depends on type of oven, convection ovens are quicker. Also achieve better results because of the circulation of air. Air Fryer works too but in limited space with small batch of cooked black beans. Solution baking cooked black beams, even if your using canned drained black beans.
Grilled Black Bean Burger Mixture:
Black beans is heart of the burger mixture, but creativity starts by adding supporting ingredients. Let your imagination go, keeping the integrity of the burger intact. So begin with meaty veggies like mushrooms, carrots and flavor builders like corn, chilies, onions and garlic. Then binder ingredients to hold burgers together, like eggs, bread crumbs. Now choose the type of spice and herb blend to boost flavors. When in doubt always go for Mexican Seasons, or Cajun seasons for spicy taste. If your taste is more mild try Greek Seasoning, Herb to Provence or Italian Seasons.
Making good Black Bean Burger Patty:
Mashing the cooked black beans after they dried some excess moisture until good consistency. The texture needs to be meaty, mashing beans too far makes a more pasty burger, leaving bad mouth feel.
Next mix all the black bean burger ingredients together in large bowl. The black bean burger mixture needs to be mixed long enough to become slightly sticky. The long mixture is mixed the more sticky burger mixture becomes. The key is to mix until burger mixture holds together enough to hold it’s shape when cooked.
Shaping Black Bean Burgers:
Portion Black Bean Burger Mixture using scoop or using 1/2 cup Measure, onto plastic wrap. Using plastic wrap helps mold burgers and keeps them from sticking together when stacked.