Hearty Black Bean Burgers

Guess what y’all?? It’s the LAST day of Whole30! Whole30 Day 30. Finito. Donezies. Made it!

And to celebrate, I’m giving you a non-compliant recipe today! It’s still gluten and dairy free (and the only sugar is the small amount in the Worcestershire sauce), but the black beans are not Whole30 compliant if you follow the rules to the letter. So, enjoy this one as you slowly return to “real” eating, and let me know what you think. Black beans are high in protein, fiber and contain lots of good for you vitamins and minerals, so enjoy this guilt-free take on the classic burger!

You’ll Need: (for 4 burgers)
1 15.5 oz can of black beans, drained
1 cup almond flour
2 eggs
½ tsp each salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika
1 tsp cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

What To Do:
These are super easy to make! Put the drained black beans in a bowl, and get to squishing! If you have a potato masher, that works pretty well, but I’ve honestly found that getting handsy with them is the best way to squish them all up. Just smash, squish and knead them with your fists until most of the beans are “opened” and you get a pasty consistency.

In another small bowl, mix the almond flour with the spices until thoroughly combined and then add to the bean mixture and mix until incorporated.

Mix in the eggs.

The mixture can be a bit gloopy and pasty, so if you dampen your hands with water or oil before forming the patties, it can help make it easier. Form into whatever size patties you prefer – they do not shrink like regular burgers, so keep that in mind.

Cook in hot olive oil until brown on each side and thoroughly heated through, about 5 minutes per side on medium heat. Be extra cautious with flipping, as the texture of the patties does cause them to be a bit more fragile than beef burgers.

Remove to a paper towel lined plate to remove some oil, and serve! Hubby had his as a full burger-esque sandwich with all the fixings, and curly girl enjoyed hers as well with a side of fried plantains and canned peaches from our sweet neighbor. I didn’t have one but will have one tomorrow as a full burger stack, minus the bread 😉

Hope you enjoy it!

P.S. If you did the challenge, how are you feeling?? What was your progress? Hope you’re feeling strong and centered and much more capable of making healthy choices for yourself and your family 😊 Go you!

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