As we all know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor and recognition of this, my friend Erin at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts contacted me about joining a bunch of bloggers together this week to share pink recipes or healthy recipes that are helpful for fighting cancer. What a great idea! So this week I will be sharing 2 recipes ~ today's being the healthy one ~ Black Bean Nacho Burgers.
Some studies suggest a link between red meat consumption and breast cancer. While we don't eat a lot of red meat in this house, I am always happy to find new substitutes for red meat standbys, such as a burger. Sometimes a burger really hits the spot, right? Even though it is an occasional indulgence, after having these Black Bean Nacho Burgers, I will be happy to never have a beef burger again! They are super easy to make, with a simple list of ingredients, and really do taste like black bean nachos! Made with black beans, crushed tortilla chips, some cheese, salsa and seasonings, these are a truly delicious healthy alternative to their red meat counterpart. Even Mike, who as I've mentioned before is a bit of a burger connessieur, thought they tasted incredible and did not miss the red meat.
Be sure to check out the thumbnails at the bottom of this post and visit the other bloggers who are posting amazing recipes today in support of Breast Cancer Awareness!
Black Bean Nacho Burgers
Yields 4 patties
15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
1/3 cup salsa
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 scallion, white and green, finely chopped
black pepper, to taste
hamburger buns, lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc. for serving
- Using a potato masher, fork or a food processor, smash bean until chunky, leaving some partly whole.
- Stir in chips, salsa, cheese, egg, scallion and pepper. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes, and then form mixture into 4 patties.
- Place patties on plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place patties on prepared baking sheet and bake for about 10 on each side, or until browned and cooked through. (Note: Patties will be a little fragile when flipping).
- Serve on a bun with desired toppings.