Black Bean-Corn Burger

So I am super late on posting this, but I channeled my inner vegetarian and made the delicious Black Bean and Corn Burgers! It wasn’t until recently that I really tried black bean burgers – but man are they delicious! My favorite (if you’re ever in the area of a Capital Ale House) are the black bean burgers from Capital Ale House! It has a wonderfully delicious spicy slaw on it and pair it with their cayenne lemon mayo? To die for. But, when you’re craving a burger and can’t make it out, try making your own at home! Here’s what you’ll need:

1 can (15 oz.) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup corn (thawed if frozen – I just used a can)
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch dice
1/4 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle in adobo
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
8 cups of baby spinach
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

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First, you need to make your burger mixture. It’s gonna seem like the weirdest thing ever, but i promise it turns out delicious! In a bowl, combine beans, corn, bell peppers, breadcrumbs, cilantro, egg whites, chipotle, oregano and cumin, like so:

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Like I said, really weird mixture. But, you want to then like scoop out four, 3/4 in thick patties. Put them into a large nonstick skillet, and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat.

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Cook the patties (like 5 minutes on each side) until they brown. It’ll seem like a big goopy mess, but I am guessing that the eggs help bind all of the ingredients together to make a patty! Make sure it forms though on one side, otherwise it’ll break apart and be impossible to flip. Once all of the patties are cooked, in that same pan, you will need to cook down your spinach. Toss with olive oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

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While the spinach is cooking down, you can start to make the delicious avocado sour cream! Mix your mashed avocado with the sour cream and lime juice. Super simple! Now you are ready to assemble your burger! Put the spinach on the bottom bun, place the patty on top, top with the sour cream, and enjoy!

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Look at that flawless Food Network style presentation. It was super delicious! The only change I would have to make was that there definitely was not enough spice! Either adding some type of spicy slaw like my friends at Capital Ale House, or adding something like red pepper flakes, chili powder, etc. to the actual patty mixture. With that heat, the avocado sour cream would cut down on it and make a perfect little bite. It was my first time making any type of burger from scratch, so I was very happy with it. The nutmeg in the spinach added a hint of sweetness which added a nice depth of flavor and brought out some the natural sweetness from the corn and the bell peppers. 10/10 – would definitely make again!

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