Mmm. Beany.

In my ongoing quest to find more tasty vegetarian things to make, I decided to tweak this recipe for Cinco de Mayo burgers a couple months late. Actually I hadn’t intended to tweak it at all, but I couldn’t find soyrizo anywhere and ended up using fake sausage (plus some cumin and cayenne for spices) instead.

We found that it was best to fry the patties thoroughly and keep them pretty thin in order to get a good crispy texture on the outside, but perhaps that’s just our tastes.

Ingredients (makes 5 patties):
1 12 oz package of fake sausage (having trouble tracking down the brand I used online- sorry!)
1 14 oz can of black beans, drained
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
oil or non-stick spray for frying

Pan fry the beans and sausage until they’re warmed through. (Mine started to brown a tiny bit because the pan was too small; don’t worry if that happens to yours.) Remove from heat and add flour; let cool. With your hands, knead in the onion and cilantro until you have a regular consistency. Shape into the desired patty size and pan fry til crispy on both sides.

We found that salsa goes delightfully on top, but guacamole is Really the way to go. Tomorrow we’re going to try making minis out of them, so hopefully there’ll be some good avo on hand.


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