{Non-messy meatless burgers made Cuban style}

Cuban Style Black Bean Burgers

Cuban Style Black Bean Burgers

Serving Size: 4

Summary: 
This easy-to-assemble “non-messy” meatless burger can be shaped ahead of time and cooked off when you’re ready to eat. I love this recipe because the patties have a nice consistency which make them easy to shape, cook and store! Did I mention how hard it has been for me to create a veggie burger that doesn’t crumble when you flip it!??!! Disclaimer alert – this is not a veggie burger since it doesn’t contain vegetables but it is MEATLESS (and VEGAN). This is a true breakthrough for me…The key was going eggless…(Plus it gives you the advantage of being able to taste the bean mix and adjust it for flavor – I warn you, it event tastes delicious raw…with bits of raw onion, cashews, spices and beans..yum yum.) Now I am sure you need the egg in other veggie burger recipes but the beans act as the perfect paste for this recipe…These are so satisfying and yummy… And you’ve got so much flavor going on in your mouth..that it’s perfect…if only I could have had a mojito while making this…I made them on Monday and stored the cooked patties on the fridge for a quick lunch or dinner during the week.

So now you’ve got the perfect meatless burger for your next BBQ !! I can’t wait to see if it stands the temperatures of the hot grill…Will let you know!

Health & Nutrition information about TURMERIC: 

  • ((Obtained from the American Cancer Society))
  • Some researchers believe turmeric may prevent and slow the growth of a number of types of cancer, particularly tumors of the esophagus, mouth, intestines, stomach, breast, and skin. One researcher reported that curcumin (an antioxidant which is main active ingredient in turmeric) inhibited the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.
  • Turmeric is promoted mainly as an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy and is said to produce fewer side effects than commonly used pain relievers. Some practitioners prescribe turmeric to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, muscle sprains, swelling, and pain caused by injuries or surgical incisions. It is also promoted as a treatment for rheumatism and as an antiseptic for cleaning wounds. Some proponents claim turmeric interferes with the actions of some viruses, including hepatitis and HIV.
  • Supporters also claim that turmeric protects against liver diseases, stimulates the gallbladder and circulatory systems, reduces cholesterol levels, dissolves blood clots, helps stop external and internal bleeding, and relieves painful menstruation and angina, chest pains that often occur with heart disease.
  • It is also used as a remedy for digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and illnesses caused by toxins from parasites and bacteria.

Ingredients:
*For the burger patty:
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, can also use panko crumbs or wheat germ
1/2 cup cashews
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/8 tsp of ground cumin, coriander & turmeric
1/4 tsp of salt & pepper
1  tbsp olive oil, for cooking
*Extras (optional):
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1 cup leafy greens
1 large tomato, sliced

Directions:
1. Chop half an onion in a food processor or by hand. Set aside. Chop the cashews in a food processor or by hand – grind most of the nuts but leave some larger pieces if desired. Set aside.

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2. Put beans in a food processor and grind coarsely with all the spices and chopped garlic. Transfer to a mixing bowl.  NOTE: you should be able to see some whole beans intermixed with the pasty bean mixture.

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3. Add the onion, cashews and bread crumbs into the mixing bowl. Mix well to combine (use hands for better results) and then shape into 4 patties.

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4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange patties in a single layer (working in batches, if needed) and cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides. I cooked 2 patties at a time with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil each time. It took about 2-3 min per side.

Cuban Style Black Bean Burgers

5. Transfer to buns and top with cheese (I used white sharp cheddar), leafy greens and tomatoes. Alternatively eat it without bread and a nice side salad or as the cubans say it “al plato”. Behold below the NON-MESSY, extra-firm (yet juicy) meatless  burger:

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Cuban Style Black Bean Burgers

Cuban Style Black Bean Burgers

Cuban Style Black Bean Burgers

…so… I hope this inspires you to ADD SPICE TO YOUR LIFE (pun intended). Spices provide tons of health benefits plus it will prevent you from falling into a cooking rut. Has that happened to you?  Do you tend to gravitate towards the same condiments? Sometimes it’s hard to break from the known flavors, but – it’s worth it! At least try it ONCE for your health. You won’t know if you like it if you don’t try it!

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One thought on “{Non-messy meatless burgers made Cuban style}

  1. On another health note….I just read a bit about black beans. Turns out besides being a great source of fiber and lean protein, they are packed with heart healthy nutrients like antioxidants, folate and magnesium. They can help control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

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