Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa

Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa


2 - 15 oz cans of black beans, rinsed/drained and patted dry
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeño pepper*, seeded and chopped (optional)
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic
2 egg whites
2 Tablespoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon* chili powder (* if your chili powder is mild use more - mine is exceptionally hot)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 handful of cilantro
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

Rinse, drain and pat the black beans with paper towels until dried. In a food processor combine the green bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, and garlic - process until finely chopped. Drain bell pepper mixture in a fine mesh sieve and press the liquid out. Return bell pepper mixture to the food processor, add black beans, egg whites, spices, cilantro, and panko breadcrumbs; process until well combined and mixture resembles a thick paste.

Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup scoop the bean mixture and then form into patties. Place on a foil lined baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. Freeze patties for 30-40 minutes in the freezer. Preheat oven to 350˚F and place patties straight from the freezer into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Serve on Whole Wheat Kaiser Rolls with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and other optional condiments such as ketchup and mustard (or mayo if you're not watching your fat/calories).

Mango Salsa


1 large mango, peeled and diced
3 Tablespoons diced red onion
1/4 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Combine the mango, red onion, red bell pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle with fresh lime juice.

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 2 per patty (kaiser roll is usually around 4 points - 0 points for condiments so long as you don't use mayonnaise) and 0 points for the mango salsa

(Black Bean Burger recipe was courtesy of All Recipes and tweaked by me to be healthier - the mango salsa is my own twist!

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