Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pepperoni Burgers and 3 Bean Burgers

We were all feeling like hamburgers tonight, so Nate and I got busy in the kitchen while the boys played outside.

A little preview, Nate's Pepperoni Burger:

Candy's 3 Bean Burger:

Nate's Pepperoni burger:
(makes 2 burgers)

• 1/2 lb. ground beef
• 1/4 cup diced pepperoni
• 2 tablespoons green pepper, sauteed
• 1/2 an egg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1 teaspoon granulated onion
• 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

Chop green pepper and saute.While that is cooking, chop the pepperoni and basil. While the green pepper is cooling, mix all the rest of the the ingredients together. Add in the green pepper and form 2 monster patties. I always make a well in the center of the burger, so when they fatten up upon cooking, they don't turn in to a round ball, they stay pretty uniform.

Candy's 3 bean burger:
(makes 2 burgers)
You can use this recipe for 1 bean burgers too, i just had 3 beans, hence the name.

• 8 oz beans, use what ever is your favorite, or whatever you have on hand
• 1/2 an egg
• about 1/2 of a cup of bread crumbs
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1 teaspoon granulated onion
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon chili powder

I had an over abundance of beans in the fridge, leftover from various meals the past week, so I used Mexican black beans, garbanzo beans and pinto beans. I also have learned that crackers make good bread crumbs - much better than plain old crumbs - so I took the end of a box of Trader Joe's 'everything' crackers and put them in the magic bullet to make bread crumbs!

I mashed the drained, rinsed beans with a potato masher, do not mash them too much, you want a little bit of a chunky texture. I added in the rest of the ingredients, reserving about 1/2 of the bread crumbs. I mixed to a 'hamburger' consistency, you can add more crumbs as you go if needed, but you shouldn't need them all.

Once it is mixed, form 2 burgers, then dredge them in the remaining bread crumbs to form a 'crust'.

While the grill is heating, you can get your toppings and condiments ready!

We sliced tomato, lettuce, and cheese. There is a 'relish' that we have been making lately - it's just finely diced onion and pickle mixed with mayo, yellow mustard, brown mustard and some sort of hot sauce - I like Franks Red Hot for this, but any hot sauce will do. It sounds totally weird, but it is SOOOO good!

Awww, look at Jaxon, he was sneaking cheese!

We also sauteed some mushrooms - Oh how I love mushrooms!

We grilled the burgers on the gas grill, you want to spray the bean burgers with a non-stick cooking spray just before putting on the grill, this will give them the crust I mentioned above.

Add the mushrooms and the cheese the last couple of minutes, toast the buns and then hurry up and make that burger!

Oh gosh, these were tasty! And with burgers as big as these, you don't need a side dish.
Hope you enjoy eating these as much as we did!


1 comment:

  1. Wow they'd the best berger I have ever had had, thanks Candy, love you