Chipotle Black Bean Burgers
These Chipotle Black Bean Burgers are full flavor and simple to make. I promise even meat lovers will really enjoy these vegetarian burgers.
About a year ago I was shopping at Costco and I was checking out each isle, because somehow whenever I go to Costco I get enthralled and end up spending at least an hour of my day there. I feel like they designed the store that way on purpose …… anyway, I saw these vegetarian chipotle burgers on sale and I was enticed. While I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t eat a lot of meat each day, plus I like to cook and eat a variety of foods, so the Mexican vegetarian patties caught my eye.
At the time we were in the process of moving, so making home cooked meals wasn’t very easy, just another reason why these burger patties sounded so good at the time. Well, I’m sure glad I bought them. They were so tasty. I didn’t miss meat one bit. But I do love Mexican flavors. I put the patty in a bun with chipotle mayonnaise, lettuce and guacamole – oh so good.
After that I knew I had to recreate these burgers because if they’re good frozen they must be even better homemade. After we settled into our new place I began my vegetarian burger research. I knew I wanted a black bean base, not mushroom, because I love those Mexican flavors. I also wanted to include chipotle peppers because the smoky pepper just enhances the flavors. Through my research I discovered that vegetarian burgers can be more complicated than I thought. What ends up happening is the patties either fall apart, are too moist or too dry. This made me kind of nervous but I never back down from a challenge. Plus, I was really craving these burgers again. So after a lot of research I came up with my own healthy Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. And to my relief they were so good! My husband loved them, yay! I hate it when recipes turn out poorly, so it was wonderful that these turn out so well.
I decided to sauté my shallots, jalapeno, garlic and red bell pepper before incorporating them into the patties because I didn’t want a crunchy patty. That just didn’t sound appealing to me. I also decided to mash my beans with a potato masher because I wanted to leave some beans whole, I didn’t want the patties purred. But that’s just my personal preference.
I also decided to incorporate quinoa into the patties. Quinoa has a lot of health benefits including amino acids, iron, potassium, calcium and B-vitamins, among others. And my favorite way to eat quinoa is with Mexican flavors so immediately I thought of it for this meal.
Also, what I like to do is mix all the ingredients together except the eggs. That way I can taste the mixture to determine if it needs extra seasoning before I add the eggs. Then mix in the eggs and shape the mixture into about 6 patties. I like to refrigerate the patties overnight to ensure that they bind together well. Then it makes dinner the next night super easy. Just bake in the oven about 20 minutes and put your burger together, easy peasy. And who doesn’t love an easy weeknight meal.
I like to top my patties with a slice of cheese and put the burgers together with a little chipotle mayo, guacamole and lettuce, nothing crazy since the burgers have so many flavors. What I love most about these Chipotle Black Bean Burgers is that they’re meatless but you’d never miss the meat. Trust me, I love a good burger, and these are so good.
If you’re looking for a tasty meat burger check out my barbecue turkey burger with caramelized onions.