Monday, September 23, 2013

GF Mexican Bean Burgers

Do you like spicy? We do! These are the mexican version of my Tasty Veggi Burgers. In fact we like spice so much we had them with these homemade potato wedges, Cajun Potato Medley! (and drinks close by)
To make these I use a food processor, a griddle, and the broiler. Broiler is not necessary, but I like the   finished texture it gives the burgers on the outside. 

Weight watchers count 3.5 points for each burger if 5 burgers are made from recipe.

GF Mexican Bean Burgers            Makes 4-5 burgers
2 cups drained and rinsed beans in any combination. I used dark red kidney beans, pinto beans, and red beans.
3/4 cup rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 sweet bell pepper, red, orange, or yellow.
1/2 -1 tsp chili powder
1/2-1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 -1 seeded jalapeƱo 
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp ketchup (sugar free for yeast free diet)
3/4 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp water, more if mixture won't combine thoroughly. Mixture will be on the thick side .

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, mix with pulses until coarsely chopped, not overly pureed. Spray griddle with a non-stick cooking spray and heat to med-high.

Shape into 4 or 5 patties. I scoop out a heaping 1/2 cup full and plop it down on the hot griddle. Then finish forming the patty with a scraper. Cook about 5-7 minutes on each side. Flip the patty in one quick turn so it doesn't fall apart. Then place patties on a broiler pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray, or on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.

Broil 4-6 inches from heat until outside is nicely browned and a little crispy. Watch closely- happens fast.

To reheat leftovers use the microwave or my favorite way to reheat them is back under the broiler. I even take them cold in my lunch.

Serve up in a bun, regular or gluten free with all your favorite toppings.

  I love how fast these burgers can be prepared too!!

After the burgers have been broiled they look like this.

Serve up with some Seasoned Homemade Fries or Cajun Potatoes.


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