Thursday, April 10, 2008
butter bean burgers! superw00t!
butter bean burgers. so tasty, so easy to make - so incredibly awesome! dan loooooooves these almost as much as he loves pizza night. well, they probably tie.
3 cups cooked butter beans (large lima beans)
1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
15 vegan saltine crackers, crushed (or 1½ cup bread crumbs)
¼ cup nutritional yeast
6 slices jarred jalapeno, minced (optional – if you want a little kick)
1 large clove garlic
2 tsp olive oil & olive oil cooking spray
¼ cup cornmeal
what you'll need:
large mixing bowl
medium pan for sautéing veggies
large skillet/pan for cooking burgers
food processor (optional – for making bread crumbs or crumbling saltines)
what’cha gotta do:
heat 2 tsp of olive oil in the medium pan on medium-high. toss in the diced onion & bell pepper - sauté for 5 minutes. next add in the minced garlic & minced jalapeno pepper – sauté for another minute or two, remove from heat, and transfer into the large mixing bowl.
place the butter beans into the large mixing bowl with the sauteed veggies and smash them all together using a potato masher (you may be able to use a fork to mash ‘em, too). crush up the saltines (or use your food processor to do it for ya) and put them in the mixing bowl (or add in the bread crumbs), add the nutritional yeast, and combine everything together & season with sea salt 'n pepper if you like (onion powder is yummy, too). mix well!
form burger patties with your hands (we make 6 patties – but you can make them as big or as wee as you like). spread the cornmeal out on a small plate and roll each patty into the cornmeal, coating each one thoroughly with cornmeal (don’t forget the sides!).
heat a little olive oil cooking spray in the large skillet/pan (we used our cast iron skillet) on medium heat. once the oil is heated place the cornmeal coated patties into the skillet and cook for 5 – 7 minutes (until lightly browned). flip the patties over to cook for another 3-5 minutes until lightly browned.
remove from heat, place on a bun (i add a little vegenaise to mine), and dig in – oh so yummy! yay!