Black-Bean Burger



  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped

  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup, plus more for serving

  • 1 ½ cups cooked or canned black beans, drained

  • 1 cup cooked basmati rice

  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

  • Hot sauce, such as Tabasco

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric, and ketchup. Cook for 1 minute.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine onion mixture, beans, and rice. Process until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl. Add breadcrumbs, and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Drop 1/4-cup balls of bean mixture into skillet. Flatten into 3-inch patties. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Repeat process with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and bean mixture. Serve immediately with ketchup, if desired.

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