Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What did you have for dinner tonight?

Tonight we (and by "we" I mean "I" since William was working late) had one of our favorites!  Creole Black Bean Burgers!   Oh we could eat this meal FAR more than we actually do.  It's even tastier with some accompanying Creole Potato Wedges, but sometimes when your hubby isn't around, you just don't have the umph to make a side dish too.  So just burgers it was.  And here's how they turned out!

(too bad I didn't have good lighting for the shot.  that's the most gourmet my food has looked in a long time.)

Creole Black Bean Burgers
We LOVE these!  Generally William eats them on a whole wheat bun, and I'll eat them without.  They are tasty no matter what way you eat them.  And they are pretty darn simple too!

3 cups (or 2 cans) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 tsp creole seasoning (we prefer Zatarans)
oatmeal or cooked rice for consistency

Place onions and garlic in food processor and chop till fine.  Add creole and beans and pulse until roughly mixed.  Dump ingredients into a big bowl and stir in oats or rice until mixture is only a little sticky.  (Sticky is good because it means moist burgers, but bad if it's too sticky to work with.  Walk that line, people.)

Grease a large cookie sheet and shape mixture into approximately 6 burger sized patties, and bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.

Serve with lettuce, tomato, and GUACAMOLE!  Trust me when I say that the guacamole just makes these burgers heavenly (unless you are diametrically opposed to guacamole to begin with).

Let me know what you think if you try them.   So what did you have for dinner tonight?


  1. This sounds yummy--I'm going to try it (although my family might have a revolution)! But I couldn't find creole seasoning at T-Joes and bought Taco seasoning instead. Do you think that would work? We're also "mild flavor" people, so I was a little concerned that too much overwhelming flavor would be a non-starter (without even telling them the ingredients). So, let me know what you think. I'm eager to try these, and I might have to eat all 6! (I'm guessing I can freeze the rest if I have leftovers). Catrin

  2. Catrin - to me taco seasoning and creole taste different. But the burgers might still be really tasty using taco, just a different flavor than creole. I've never looked at TJs for creole, I just always get mine at HT (Kroger doesn't carry Zataran's creole, although it carries another brand).

    If you are mild flavor people, then I would start with a little less onion, 1-2 cloves of garlic and 1 tsp of seasoning. You can taste the mixture and see what you think of the spiciness before you bake it. The batter will be slightly stronger tasting than the burgers turn out so keep that in mind. If you think the batter is fine, then they should bake up ok taste-wise. (Keep an extra can of black beans nearby because if even the reduced flavor proves more than you think your family can handle, you can always toss in another 1/2 cup of beans to dilute the flavor more before you bake them.

    Let me know what you end up doing and what you think! :)

    (You can totally freeze the leftovers - I do that all the time.)

  3. We loved this recipe! We are doing a vegetarian month for March in an attempt to collect more vegetarian recipes for our regular monthly menus, and this one is definitely a keeper! I will be trying some of your other ones!

  4. I'm so glad you all liked it!! :) Let me know if you try other recipes! I always like to know what people think! :) How are y'all?