I'm so proud of this recipe, I can hardly stand it!
My sister's brother-in-law makes the best burgers. His recipe is simple: several pounds of meat, an entire bottle of chipotle flavored Tabasco, cilantro, worcestershire sauce.
Of course the reason I loved these wasn't the meat - it was the delicious bold flavors of smoky and spicy chipotle peppers. In my version I've made the chipotle flavor a little milder and sweeter so that you can still taste all the other goodies in the burger.
the vegan version:
1 T olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 C cremini mushrooms, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T chipotle in adobo
3 T cilantro
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 C cooked brown rice
Note about the chipotles: I learned this amazing trick from Rachael Ray for these, since recipes call for at most 2 tablespoons of this stuff and the rest of the can goes to waste -- puree the whole can together, put it in a plastic bag, and freeze. Then you can just cut off as much as you need, microwave it, and keep the rest frozen! [fyi: this picture is 2 cans]
Saute onions in olive oil until soft. Add mushrooms, carrot, and garlic, and sautee until mushrooms are browned. Put the rest of ingredients (except for rice and about half of the beans) into food processor and blend until smooth. Mix in rest of beans and rice. Form into patties -- it's pretty messy!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, and lightly spray with cooking spray. Place patties on foil and bake for about 5 minutes, until a crust has formed on the bottom. Flip patties over and bake another 5 minutes.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Funny thing here -- I made two patties on the stovetop and two in the oven, but both were still way too soft when I was done cooking them. I left them out and walked away cranky about it for about ten minutes, and when I came back the ones from the oven were firmer and perfect! Happy. So definitely let them sit!
I highly recommend you serve these with some grilled onion on top. But perhaps not with a salad, because next to the burger, that went neglected . . .
Nutrition facts per patty: Calories: 345; Calories from Fat: 47; Total Fat: 5.2g; Saturated Fat: 0.8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 137mg; Total Carbohydrates: 60.2g; Dietary Fiber: 11.4g; Sugars: 2.9g; Protein: 16.0g
I also have to tell you about the amazing dessert I made: deep dish cookie pie from Chocolate Covered Katie. It was gooey and decadent and delicious - but filled with garbanzo beans. Weird, right? I swear you can't tell. Must try!