Black Bean Burgers

Before I share with you some bad-a black bean burgers, let's talk first about my mission to raise 2,620.00 for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.  Today is October 1.  These means that we've (see how I've included you in this awesome mission?) got 4 solid months and then some change to get this done.  According to my calculations, 25 people could donate 25$ each for four months in order to make that happen.  Obviously, the same 25 people don't have to donate for four straight months but you know what I mean.  I mean you can, I'm not going to tell you what to do.  You can also give 5$.  Or 10$.  Or you could send up a quick prayer and some good energy for the bodies and minds of the awesome women that are fighting ovarian cancer and for the family members and loved ones of those no longer with us.  Let's do this!    

The Brandon aka my herz-band recently told me that he would be completely fine if we ate less animal products on Parsons Ave.  It was after one of those particularly disturbing conversations about meat, we were both a little nauseous over it and probably would have agreed to anything at the time.

Little did he know how seriously I took this as I furiously began researching and pinning hearty vegetarian/vegan meals.  Because they have to be hearty.  Or else I put on my give up pants and eat cheeseburgers inappropriately. 

Much good has come from this, including not limited to black bean burgers that have been eaten as burgers as well as quesadillas. 

Mind blowing stuff happening at the elevator here, guys.

Whip these burgers up!  Then crumble them up and put them in a quesadilla...... 
Black Bean Burgers

2 16 oz cans of low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 tbl cilantro
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 large eggs
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbl cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 cup of quick oats.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Remove 1/4 of the black beans and mash what's left.  Put those whole black beans back with the mashed ones.  Set them aside.  

In a food processor, finely chop the bell pepper, the cilantro and garlic.  Add in the oats, eggs, cumin, onion powder and chili powder.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pulse until everything is combined. Add to the black bean mixture. 

Place all of this jazz in the fridge, let it chill for 30 minutes.  

Once it's chilled, remove from the fridge and form the mixture into 8 burgers.  Bake for around 20 minutes or until the burgers are cooking through.

Serving size 1 burger (makes 8)
Points plus 4  

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