Homemade veggie burgers (healthy black bean burgers)

 

 

A burger for less than 300 calories…too good to be true? Not since I found this great recipe for black bean burgers…

 

black bean burger recipe

 

I love frozen veggie burgers, particularly Boca burgers, for an easy lunch or dinner when I don’t have a lot of time to prepare a healthy meal. Unfortunately, though, French people don’t seem to have discovered the appeal of veggie burgers just yet. I’ve started to see a few vegetarian burgers on the menus of some burger restaurants in Paris, but even these are usually just fried potato patties instead of meat…not exactly a healthy option!

Needless to say, I haven’t been able to find frozen veggie burgers in France. I guess in a country that prides itself in pure, natural food, the idea of a burger made of vegetables may still seem a little bizarre. Fair enough, but I still miss my veggie burgers!

That is, I did…until I decided to try this recipe for homemade black bean burgers. Each of these “burgers” only has 130 calories. Add a 100-calorie whole wheat sandwich thin, a little ketchup, some veggies and maybe even a slice of 2% cheese, and there’s an easy, complete meal for less than 400 calories.

Here’s my adapted version of the homemade veggie burger recipe that I found here.

Homemade black bean burgers
Makes 5 veggie burgers

2 cups black beans
60 grams green bell pepper, chopped
30 grams onion, chopped
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t paprika
1 large egg
1 tsp cilantro
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1) Mash beans to make a thick paste.
2) Add chopped vegetables. Make sure to remove as much water as possible from the veggies so that the burgers will hold together.
3) Mix egg and spices in separate bowl, then add to bean mixture.
4) Add bread crumbs gradually until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
5) Form into 5 patties; cover and freeze. When ready to eat, bake at 375 F/190 C for 8-10 minutes.
What are your go-to recipes for quick and healthy weeknight dinners??
 
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