Monday, January 25, 2010

Black Bean Cheeseburgers with Chipotle Mayo

We do like meat in this house. Wait, what? You couldn’t tell by that last meal? (Pig wrapped in pig?)

Still, we try to eat at least one vegetarian meal for dinner each week. It’s healthier (do you think Beyonce eats pig wrapped in pig everyday while on tour?) and cheaper (yes, especially since we try to do the organic, free-range thing), and the challenge is kind of fun. And it is a challenge for us—well for me especially since I do most of the cooking—to find meals that we both will like. Key word, BOTH.

Adam usually says he’s still hungry when there is no meat on his plate. If I say I’m making something like vegetable soup for dinner he looks at me like he’s waiting for me to finish. Vegetable soup…. and... steak?

So when I told him I was making vegetarian burgers for dinner I could tell he wanted to protest. At home he had just begun to get used to the idea of turkey burgers. This was drastic.

Just trust me, I told him. And he did…. And I DELIVERED.


Black bean cheeseburgers with chipotle mayo on a whole wheat bun with a side of oven fries. They were DELICIOUS.

Our vegetarian meals usually consist of pasta or chili but I’m glad we branched out for once and tried these burgers.

Tell me friends, what are your favorite meatless dinners?

Black Bean Cheeseburgers with Chipotle Mayo
serves 4-6

• 1 shallot, minced
• 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
• 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 teaspoon minced chipotle en adobo
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup bread crumbs
• Salt and fresh ground black pepper
• 4 large hamburger rolls, or 6 regular
• 4 slices mozzarella cheese
• Lettuce, tomato, avocado for topping (optional)
• Chipotle Mayo (recipe follows)

Using a potato masher, mash all ingredients together until well combined. Divide into four or six patties. Note: if you make 4 patties, they'll be extra big. Hungrymonster style. Just so you know what you're getting yourself into.

Place on a hot oiled grill for about 6 minutes each side until heated through. Alternatively, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a fry pan and fry 6 minutes per side. Place cheese slices on patties mid-way through cooking process.

Place each patty in a bun and top with chipotle mayo.

Chipotle Mayo

• ½ cup mayonnaise
• juice of ½ a lemon
• 2 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers en adobo
• Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.


hanner said...

YUM. that looks so good. i just emailed it to robbie. i'll have to think on our veggie recommendations. we have some good ones... we really don't cook with meat all that often! we're not vegetarian, we just eat like poor college students that can't afford meat. (although now we can. it's in our blood now.)

Anonymous said...

I dont have any favourite vegetarian meals, but this was exceptional.

Tony B said...

I have heard of this idea ans have always wanted to try it. I will definitely add it to my recipe queue

My favorite vegetarian meal is tofu Parmesan. I bread some tofu slices in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and bake them then serve that with homemade tomato sauce and some whole wheat paste. Quite tasty

kate said...

Mmm, I just ate dinner, but that burger looks tasty. Deliciously greasy fries as well.

Favorite veggie food? Um, re: home-cooked meals, I like basic stuff like fritata (sp?) and fake-ground-beef shepherd's pie.

Other than that, I always rely on veggie Thai and Indian food. Never get tired of that cuisine.

Andrea said...

That sounds really good Tony! I'm still trying to sell Adam on tofu. (I'm giving him a break because he was raised by Wisconsiners.) I might have to pull a fast one on him.

I don't know why I never make frittatas. We both love those. Good idea, Kate!

Hannah-- I wish we ate less meat. It can get expensive and we end up eating a lot of chicken (ground, whole, sausage, you name it) which tends to get old pretty fast.

Andrea said...

And thank you very much anonymous!

Isabel said...

I'm so hungry right now and yet I still decided to catch up on your blog. Silly me. That burger looks SO good; although I don't particularly mind if I don't have meat in a meal so you don't have to twist my arm for something like that.

A meatless meal for me, if I were to make it myself, would probably involve Mac n' Cheese of the Kraft box variety. Did you know I don't cook? Hahaha.

Andi C said...

I'm sooo glad you posted this! We just bought too many cans of black beans for chili. Can't wait to try them!

Andrea said...

Hooray! Doesn't it feel really good it use up extra pantry items, Andi? Or maybe that's just me and my OCD ways.

Isabel--Mac n' cheese counts! haha... I remember when we met I told you I like to cook and you said, well that's good, because I like to eat. :)

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