Today we are going to take a healthy, fiber-filled black bean burger and dirty it up a bit so you will feel cool about serving it to your football friends on game day weekend (let’s go HOKIES!). Because football season is just around the corner….
People who normally turn their noses up at a vegetarian burger might just be fooled into thinking this is a “real” burger. I mean, come on, it kind of looks that way right??? As much as I love beef and would 100% advocate making this recipe with juicy and flavorful lean beef patty, sometimes you just need to make a bean burger. Here’s a few reasons why:
- Beans are cheap. The likelyhood that this burger costs under a dollar to make (per burger) is very high. Your grocery budget will thank you.
- Beans are high in fiber. Which will definitely help with the quest-drenched veggie burger situation. Are you catching my drift?
- You might have some vegetarian friends to watch football with. They will love the fact that you made them something as game-day worthy as this burger.
Onto the topic of queso – it’s easy to make yourself at home. WITHOUT Velveeta. Cooking 101: all you need is butter + flour + milk + cheese + seasonings. We’re packing our queso with smoky-but-not-too -spicy Hatch chile peppers. While these are my all-time favorite chile pepper, you can certainly use canned green chiles, roasted poblanos, or jalapeños. I won’t judge. Vary the heat to your liking.
A note about these black bean burgers – while they look like real beef burgers, they certainly have a different texture. These burgers are golden and crispy on the outside but have a soft(er) interior. It’s not mushy, but not dry either. You can make a whole bunch and freeze them for weeknights – which I would highly advise because they make for a quick and filling dinner!
Who are you rooting for in college football this year? And what are some of your favorite game day recipes? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!0