The following is a guest post by fellow blogger and author, Andie Mitchell.
Hi, I’m Andie Mitchell! I’m the author of two books and the founder of AndieMitchell.com, a site where I share wholesome recipes and inspiration to live a balanced life. Last year, I published my memoir, It Was Me All Along, sharing my lifelong struggle with weight and the journey I took to lose 135 pounds and create a healthy relationship with food. This past March, just over a year later, I released a cookbook, Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook. And what I love most about these books is that they feel like good companions.
When I wrote Eating in the Middle, I wanted it to represent the way I eat today, so it’s roughly 80% wholesome (for everyday eating) and 20% indulgent (for sweet treats and celebration meals worth sharing). That, to me, is balance. I spent one too many years swinging back and forth between dieting and overeating or between eating clean and eating anything, and all any of that ever did was cause me to gain weight, obsess over food, and stay stuck in my all-or-nothing thinking. It took me a long time to find a middle ground, which is what the philosophy of “eating in the middle” is – finding your balance between healthy and happy.
In the 80 recipes, I share the healthy meals I have most of the time, like Lemon Roasted Chicken with Moroccan Couscous or Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Pomegranate, and the treats and meals I have some of the time, like Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Marshmallow Whipped Cream, because I grew up baking with my mom, and a good dessert, to me, is always worth it. Regardless of the recipe, the goal I have in cooking is always the same: create big flavor.
These loaded black bean burgers deliver on that big flavor promise with garlic, spices like chili and cumin, a kick of heat from cayenne, and the fresh, bright flavor of cilantro. But all of that flavor isn’t what gives them their “loaded” name; it’s the fact that they’re chock-full of good-for-you ingredients like carrots, bell pepper, black beans, scallions, and quick-cooking oats. All of these ingredients fill the burgers with fiber and make them wholesome enough for everyday eating, and that’s a very, very good thing because they’re completely delicious.
No matter what your favorite burger normally is, these loaded black bean patties are worth trying. Feel free to bake them instead of pan-frying, and leftovers are encouraged since they freeze well, too!
- 2 scallions, white and light-green parts, cut in half
- 2 large carrots, cut into a few pieces
- ½ medium red bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and cut into a few pieces
- ¼ cup (packed) fresh cilantro
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup quick-cooking oats
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 large egg
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
- 4 leaves of romaine lettuce
- 1 Roma tomato, sliced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the scallions, carrots, bell pepper, and cilantro and pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped, 2 or 3 pulses. Transfer the veggies to a large bowl.
- Put the beans into the food processor and pulse until finely chopped, 2 or 3 pulses. Add the black beans to the bowl.
- Put the oats into the food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer the oats to the bowl and add the garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt, ketchup, and egg. Mix well and form into 4 equal patties.
- In a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat, heat 1½ teaspoons of the oil. Add 2 of the patties and cook until crisp on one side, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until the second side is crisp, about 4 more minutes. Transfer to a warm plate. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons of oil to the skillet and repeat the cooking process with the remaining 2 patties.
- To serve, put the hamburger buns on a clean work surface, place a patty on each of the 4 bottom halves, and layer each with a romaine leaf, a fourth of the tomato slices, a few red onion rings, and finally the top halves of the buns.
- The cooked, cooled patties will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze, put the patties on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and freeze until completely firm, about 3 hours. Transfer the frozen patties to a large resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months.