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Black Bean Burgers

posted in Food on June 28, 2005

Food is important. We should all be cooking our own food, damnit. This is a quick and dirty, homemade black bean burger recipe that works for breakfast patties or sandwich fodder.


It's funny that I'm putting this recipe up. I wrote a very similar recipe in my one-issue magazine called Funk Magnet in 1998, in a section called Scraping the Lowbudget Foodbarrel (I was into glomming words then), which was supposed to be in the Zine Anthology that year. I also liked to glom random food ingredients back then. This is a much simpler recipe, which I use canned beans in -- something my 23-year-old self would have scoffed at.

  • 1 12oz Can Black Beans (or 1-1/2 cups cooked yourself)
  • 1 chopped & boiled potato (any sort, soft enough to mash)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2T chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1T cumin
  • cayenne to taste
  • 1tsp salt
  • dash o pepper
  • about 1/3 cup cornmeal (enough to form patties)
  • 1/2 jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 ear of corn cooked & shaved (optional)

Mash up the beans and potato (hopefully with a masher). Add the rest of the ingredients and mash together with your HANDS! Yes, squish it together! Oooh, sensual goo. Form into patties of desired size and fry em up in plenty of olive oil until crispy.

The pattie mix will keep well in the fridge for about a week. And no, that's not a hot turd I'm holding in the drawing, it's a BURGER.

9 comments on this entry

YES!!! I made these tonight and now all my friends think I am an amazing cook. Little did they know I stole it from !!! (Actually, I told them it was your recipe Nate) Thanks again! YUM!!!

Alec 7/2/05

I think the answer to your questions-about-what-to-do are right under that huge nose (and you didn't get that from MY side of the family!): you should cook and write about cooking.

You have a real talent for blending flavors and making us all laugh and want to try your recipe!

You might call it BrainFud!

ma 7/10/05

Search no more! This is by far THE best black bean burger recipe! The boiled potato makes the patties just the right consistency and the corn (Niblets) is a mandatory addition. The only changes we made were adding 4 dashes of hot sauce instead of cayenne powder (it mixes in more evenly) and adding a whole chopped jalapeno to a 15 oz. can of beans; we also saute the onion and garlic cloves.
We're having it again tonight.

K. McPhail 7/17/06

Oh my god! I stumbled onto your website quite by accident. I went to google to look for a black bean burger recipe and there you were. I found your website fascinating to say the least. You are very talented and I must say you have a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for bringing laughter into my day. I will be trying the hot turd recipe this weekend!! It appears you may have missed your calling. Chef???

K. Hackney 9/7/06

This recipe is soooo goood! The best black bean burger I have ever had (and, I've tried many). This is already a family favorite. Thanks for bringing my search for the best black bean burger to an end.

Sharon 10/1/06

Hi, I stumbled in today looking for a blackbean burger:) Thankyou!
I'm a mom of 7 with a very low budget. This works great and the kids from 2 to 15 didnt leave any leftovers! ah... Now that is good.
Keep writing those recipes!

Kathryn 2/1/07

This recipe lacks is very bland. It is also somewhat grimey because of all the cornmeal. I don't recommend this recipe...

yoyoSun 6/4/07

yoyoSun: thanks for the feedback... i think. you should only add enough cornmeal to keep things together, and then let it sit for a spell so the cornmeal absorbs some of the liquids. bland? add more salt and/or cayenne! or some soda pop. that always helps.

nate 6/5/07

WhatEVER! I *STILL* use this recipe like two years later!!! (YUM!)

Alec 6/7/07

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