Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s the last leg of summer — meaning it’s time to get to our barbecues for some final grilling of the season. If you’re a fan of the more classic, typical barbecue items — burgers, steaks, and the works — you might be at a loss for what to make for any vegetarians in attendance. But rest assured, barbecues don’t have to be challenging for vegetarians. They won’t have to resort to eating all of the side dishes and miss out on a main course. In fact, there are many creative tweaks on traditional barbecue foods that will appeal to both the non-meat eaters and meat eaters in the midst.
This recipe for black bean burgers is the perfect example, and can be enjoyed with a wide variety of mouth-watering toppings, including (but not limited to) your favourite cheese, sour pickles, tomatoes, and spicy mayo.
- Pour the black beans and jalapeño pepper into your food processor. Blend items until the beans are pureed. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- Combine the breadcrumbs, red bell pepper, onion, eggs, cumin, chili powder, garlic, liquid smoke flavoring, and ranch dressing mix into the black bean mixture. Make sure all of the ingredients are evenly combined!
- Chill the mixture in the freezer for about one hour, or until they are solid and firm enough for you to shape them into burger patties.
- Divide the mixture into eight portions — or however many you wish to serve. Use your hands to roll them into balls and shape them into patties.
- Pour the olive oil into a skillet, and heat over medium-high. Cook the burgers in the oil for approximately five minutes on either side, or until they are sufficiently cooked through.
- Your burgers are ready! Serve them with smoked Gouda — or an alternate cheese of your choosing — plus any additional toppings you want.
Thanks to All Recipes for the recipe and the imagery!