We try to eat meatless at least a few times per week, and these black bean burgers wind up on our rotation pretty frequently.
Actually, when Rob and I first started dating, he was mostly a vegetarian. While he didn’t eat any meat, he still had a serious sushi habit. Me, on the other hand, I love bacon.
Plus, my little picky eater basically lived on tacos and chicken fingers at that time. So, since Rob cast his lot with us, he found meat on his plate a couple of nights per week.
In order to make up for that, I searched out as many meatless meals as possible. Those are still scheduled for the nights when the little guy is at his dad’s house (and when I can bear to leave the bacon out.)
I actually like leaving the meat out now. Generally, you end up with healthier entrees when you aren’t cooking big hunks of beef, and it is a whole lot friendlier on the grocery budget!
One of our favorite meatless dinners is black bean burgers which are easy peasy to cook. Ahem. Usually when I say “we cooked” I actually mean “Rob cooked”, but this time I really did help!
The recipe we start with can be found here. FYI: we have made probably four or five different recipes found on that site, and we have loved all of them.
There are a couple of changes that we make to the recipe, however. First, we substitute green onions…that is basically across the board for us because we don’t really like red or white ones that much. When it is my turn in the kitchen, I switch out fresh garlic for garlic powder, and that is 100% because I am a lazy bish. Cutting garlic is torture to me. Plus, it makes my hands smell.
As for toppings, we slapped on pepper jack cheese for a bonus kick, and Rob topped his with avocado slices.
Let’s talk buns: we use these delicious brioche buns from Aldi a lot. Now, I know they probably up the calorie count by a million, but they are buttery bread perfection. I mean you already went meatless, right? Get you a good bun, you deserve it.